Very fluid fragments of molten lava ejected from a vent that flatten and congeal on the ground are called spatter. Typically, spatter will build walls of solidified lava around a single vent to form a circular-shaped spatter cone or along both sides of a fissure to build a spatter rampart.
Photograph by J.D. Griggs on 13 June 1983
Clumps of molten lava (spatter) hurled above the rim of a spatter cone have already started to cool and develop a thin black skin on their surface. Width of the image is about 3 m.
Photograph by T.N. Mattox on 24 August 1993
Close view of cooled, solidified spatter fragments hurled from an active littoral cone on the south shoreline of Kilauea Volcano. The impact of the molten spatter hitting the ground flattened the fragments into roughly circular disks.

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  • Spatter — Spat ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spattered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spattering}.] [From the root of spit salvia.] 1. To sprinkle with a liquid or with any wet substance, as water, mud, or the like; to make wet of foul spots upon by sprinkling; as, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spatter — [spat′ər] vt. [akin to Fris spateren, freq. of spatten, to splash, spurt] 1. to scatter in drops or small blobs [to spatter red paint over blue] 2. to splash, spot, or soil with such drops or blobs 3. to defame or slander vi. 1. to emit or spurt… …   English World dictionary

  • Spatter — Spat ter, v. i. To throw something out of the mouth in a scattering manner; to sputter. [1913 Webster] That mind must needs be irrecoverably depraved, which, . . . tasting but once of one just deed, spatters at it, and abhors the relish ever… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • spatter — index defame, diffuse, pillory, pollute, stain, sully Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • spatter — (v.) 1570s (implied in spattering), possibly a frequentative verb from the stem of Du. or Low Ger. spatten to spout, burst, of imitative origin. Related: Spattered …   Etymology dictionary

  • spatter — *spot, sprinkle, mottle, fleck, stipple, marble, speckle, spangle, bespangle Analogous words: bespatter, asperse, splash (see SPRINKLE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • spatter — [v] splash, sprinkle bespatter, bestrew, broadcast, dash, daub, dirty, discharge, disperse, dot, douse, dribble, mottle, polka dot, scatter, shower, slop, smudge, soil, spangle, speck, speckle, splutter, spot, spray, sputter, stipple, strew,… …   New thesaurus

  • spatter — ► VERB 1) cover with drops or spots. 2) splash or be splashed over a surface. ► NOUN 1) a spray or splash. 2) a short outburst of sound. ORIGIN originally in the sense «splutter»: related to Dutch, Low German spatten burst, spout …   English terms dictionary

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