verb (used with object)
to scatter or dash in small particles or drops: The dog spattered mud on everyone when he shook himself.
to splash with something in small particles: to spatter the ground with water.
to sprinkle or spot with something that soils or stains.
verb (used without object)
to send out small particles or drops, as falling water: rain spattering on a tin roof.
to strike a surface in or as in a shower, as bullets.
the act or the sound of spattering: the spatter of rain on a roof.
a splash or spot of something spattered.

1575–85; perhaps < Dutch spatt(en) to splash + -er6; compare Dutch spatterig literally, spattery

spatteringly, adverb
unspattered, adjective Unabridged
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spatter (ˈspætə)
1.  to scatter or splash (a substance, esp a liquid) or (of a substance) to splash (something) in scattered drops: to spatter mud on the car; mud spattered in her face
2.  (tr) to sprinkle, cover, or spot (with a liquid)
3.  (tr) to slander or defame
4.  (intr) to shower or rain down: bullets spattered around them
5.  the sound of something spattering
6.  something spattered, such as a spot or splash
7.  the act or an instance of spattering
[C16: of imitative origin; related to Low German, Dutch spatten to spout, Frisian spatteren to splash]

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Word Origin & History

1576 (implied in spattering), possibly a frequentative verb from the stem of Du. or Low Ger. spatten "to spout, burst," of imitative origin.
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Example sentences
Focusing a sound wave onto a pool of ink causes droplets to spatter onto a nearby surface.
The field is dominated by small shield volcanoes surmounted by cinder and
  spatter cones.
There are three different types of cones in the area-cinder cones, spatter
  cones, and lava cones.
Tephra coats foreground and mantles old spatter rampart and related fissures
  near bottom of image.
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