(Sprin"gle) n. A springe. [Prov. Eng.]
(Spring"let) n. A little spring.
But yet from out the little hillSir W. Scott.
Oozes the slender springlet still.
(Spring"tail`) n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of small apterous insects belonging
to the order Thysanura. They have two elastic caudal stylets which can be bent under the abdomen
and then suddenly extended like a spring, thus enabling them to leap to a considerable distance. See
Collembola, and Podura.
(Spring"tide) n. The time of spring; springtime. Thomson.
(Spring"time`) n. The season of spring; springtide.
(Spring"y) a. [Compar. Springier ; superl. Springiest.] [From Spring.]
1. Resembling, having the qualities of, or pertaining to, a spring; elastic; as, springy steel; a springy step.
Though her little frame was slight, it was firm and springy.Sir W. Scott.
2. Abounding with springs or fountains; wet; spongy; as, springy land.
(Sprin"kle) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sprinkled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sprinkling ] [OE. sprenkelen, freq.
of sprengen to sprinkle, to scatter, AS. sprengan, properly, to make to spring, causative of springan to
spring; akin to D. sprenkelen to sprinkle, G. sprengen. See Spring, v. i., and cf. Sprent.]
1. To scatter in small drops or particles, as water, seed, etc.
2. To scatter on; to disperse something over in small drops or particles; to besprinkle; as, to sprinkle the
earth with water; to sprinkle a floor with sand.
3. To baptize by the application of a few drops, or a small quantity, of water; hence, to cleanse; to purify.
Having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience.Heb. x. 22.
(Sprin"kle), v. i.
1. To scatter a liquid, or any fine substance, so that it may fall in particles.
And the priest shall . . . sprinkle of the oil with his finger seven times before the Lord.Lev. xiv. 16.
2. To rain moderately, or with scattered drops falling now and then; as, it sprinkles.
3. To fly or be scattered in small drops or particles.
1. A small quantity scattered, or sparsely distributed; a sprinkling.