transitive verb[with object]mainly technical
Moisten by sprinkling with water, especially in brewing.
dampen, wet, damp, dew, water, soak, irrigate, humidify
- ‘the grains are sparged’
1The action of sprinkling or splashing.
- 1.1A spray of hot water, especially water sprinkled over malt when brewing.
Late 16th century (as a verb in the sense ‘sprinkle (water) about’): apparently from Latin spargere ‘to sprinkle’. The current senses date from the early 19th century.