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sprinkling (n.)

mid-15c., "act of sprinkling," verbal noun from sprinkle (v.). Meaning "small amount" is from 1590s.

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Definitions of sprinkling from WordNet

sprinkling (n.)
a small number (of something) dispersed haphazardly;
a sprinkling of grey at his temples
Synonyms: scattering
sprinkling (n.)
a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby;
Synonyms: scattering / sprinkle
sprinkling (n.)
the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare);
Synonyms: aspersion
sprinkling (n.)
the act of sprinkling or splashing water;
baptized with a sprinkling of holy water
Synonyms: sprinkle / sparge
From wordnet.princeton.edu