The mode was sprinkling or pouring.
His subjects included only a sprinkling of Jews.
2, "sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ," cf.
Somewhere a storm was gathering, but only a small cloud had scattered some raindrops lightly, sprinkling the road and the sappy leaves.
Very small seeds should only have a sprinkling of light earth or of sand, and sometimes only a thin layer of soft moss to exclude light and preserve an equable degree of moisture.