spatter


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Spatter \Spat"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spattered; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Spattering.] [From the root of spit salvia.]
   1. To sprinkle with a liquid or with any wet substance, as
      water, mud, or the like; to make wet of foul spots upon by
      sprinkling; as, to spatter a coat; to spatter the floor;
      to spatter boots with mud.
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            Upon any occasion he is to be spattered over with
            the blood of his people.              --Burke.
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   2. To distribute by sprinkling; to sprinkle around; as, to
      spatter blood. --Pope.
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   3. Fig.: To injure by aspersion; to defame; to soil; also, to
      throw out in a defamatory manner.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Spatter \Spat"ter\, v. i.
   To throw something out of the mouth in a scattering manner;
   to sputter.
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         That mind must needs be irrecoverably depraved, which,
         . . . tasting but once of one just deed, spatters at
         it, and abhors the relish ever after.    --Milton.
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