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[splat-er] /ˈsplæt ər/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to splash and scatter upon impact:
The paint splattered when I dropped the bucket.
an act or instance of splattering.
the quantity splattered:
to wipe up a splatter of ketchup on the rug.
characterized by gory imagery:
splatter films.
Origin of splatter
1775-85; blend of splash and spatter
Related forms
unsplattered, adjective Unabridged
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  • Molten metal will splatter the inside of the module, accompanied by a flash of heat and blinding light.
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  • Look closely and you can see an oversized paint splatter on this chalk pink silk party dress.
  • Use a splatter screen when sauteing and simmering sauces.
  • The film's transplant-operation scene, for instance, is filled with needless sawing and splatter.
  • Partially frozen and/or wet turkeys can produce excessive hot oil splatter when added to the oil.
  • Protect base of walls from rain-splashed mud and mortar splatter by coverings spread on the ground and over the wall surface.
  • Be careful not to splatter wax when extinguishing a candle.
  • If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
British Dictionary definitions for splatter


to splash with small blobs; spatter
a splash of liquid, mud, etc
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Contemporary definitions for splatter
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Word Origin and History for splatter

1784, but earlier in splatterdash (1772), perhaps a blend of spatter and splash.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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