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[spring-kler] /ˈsprɪŋ klər/
any of various devices for sprinkling, as a watering pot, a container of water with a perforated top used to sprinkle clothes before ironing, or especially a perforated ring or small stand with a revolving nozzle to which a hose is attached for watering a lawn with a fine, even spray.
a person who sprinkles.
verb (used with object)
to provide (a warehouse, school, office building, etc.) with a sprinkler system.
Origin of sprinkler
1525-35; sprinkle + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sprinkler
  • Use your automatic sprinkler system and a mini-soaker hose to water plants that can endure spending time outdoors.
  • Many people take smoke detectors for granted and don't think about sprinkler systems, but a safe motel or hotel should have both.
  • Annie is an old dog who loves catching the rain drops from the sprinkler.
  • sprinkler parks dot the city, allowing the kids to run wild.
  • Avoid the oscillating type of sprinkler that sends water high into the air.
  • Coaches, players, staff and fans were evacuated following a water line break in the fire sprinkler system of the arena.
  • Guy wires that were attached to support towers held the sprinkler-fitted water pipes above the ground.
  • The reservoir is topped off daily with water from the sprinkler set-up.
  • Choose a sprinkler with a pattern that matches the shape of the lawn you need to irrigate.
  • Conserve water in summer by playing in a wading pool rather than under a sprinkler.
British Dictionary definitions for sprinkler


a device perforated with small holes that is attached to a garden hose or watering can and used to spray plants, lawns, etc, with water
a person or thing that sprinkles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sprinkler

1530s, agent noun from sprinkle (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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