(1.) a name given by the early writers to baptism by pouring or sprinkling. SEE BAPTISM.
(2.) In the Roman Church, sprinkling of person or things with the so-called holy water is called " aspersion." The water is mixed with salt, and blessed by a given form of benediction for use in the church or at the altar.- Boissonnet, Diet. des Ceremonies, p. 105. SEE HOLY WATER.