sprin|kle1 [ `sprıŋkl ] verb *
1. ) transitive to shake small amounts of a liquid or a substance such as sugar over the surface of something:
Sprinkle soy sauce on the chicken.
Sprinkle the grated cheese over the pasta, and serve.
a ) used about other things that exist somewhere in small amounts, or sometimes in large amounts:
a yellow dress sprinkled with white flowers
liberally sprinkled with something (=with a lot of something): her dark brown hair now liberally sprinkled with gray
2. ) intransitive AMERICAN to rain slightly
sprin|kle 2 [ `sprıŋkl ] noun singular
1. ) a small amount of a substance sprinkled over the surface of something: SPRINKLING
2. ) a light rain:
We got a sprinkle of rain last night.
3. ) sprinkles plural AMERICAN very small pieces of brightly colored sugar or candy that you sprinkle over the surface of ice cream, cakes, or cookies as a decoration

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