v. splat·tered, splat·ter·ing, splat·ters
1. To spatter (a surface or object), especially to soil with splashes of liquid.
2. To cause (a liquid) to fall on a surface or object.
To spatter, especially to fall or strike something so as to cause splashes.
A splash of liquid.
Characterized by gory violence: splatter films.
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