In horror movies, you'll see a lot of blood splattering on walls. Ick. To splatter is to splash liquid. A splatter is also the spot the liquid makes.

When you spill some liquid on the ground, the sound it makes is splat. Splash a lot of it, and you have a splatter — drops of the liquid across a large area. If you are frying meat in a hot pan, the grease will splatter across the stove and counter near it. In the figurative use, gossip about a celebrity's mishaps is often splattered throughout a gossip magazine like spilled milk on a floor.

Definitions of splatter
  1. verb
    dash a liquid upon or against
    synonyms: plash, spatter, splash, splosh, swash
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    make a puddle by splashing water
    slosh, slosh around, slush, slush around
    spill or splash copiously or clumsily
    type of:
    disperse, dot, dust, scatter, sprinkle
    distribute loosely
  2. verb
    cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container
    splatter water”
    synonyms: slop, spill
    disgorge, shed, spill
    cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over
    run out, spill
    flow, run or fall out and become lost
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    type of:
    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  3. noun
    a small quantity of something moist or liquid
    “a splatter of mud”
    synonyms: dab, splash
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    type of:
    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
  4. noun
    the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively
    synonyms: spatter, spattering, splattering, splutter, sputter, sputtering
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    type of:
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
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