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[splat] /splæt/
Also, splad. a broad, flat piece of wood, either pierced or solid, forming the center upright part of a chair back or the like.
a batten for covering joints between sheets of wallboard; panel strip.
Origin of splat1
1825-35; origin uncertain; compare Old English splātan to split


[splat] /splæt/
a sound made by splattering or slapping.
1895-1900; back formation from splatter Unabridged
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Examples from the web for splat
  • One is reduced to creating the splat form of letters, you have to write to a computer that searches for buzz words.
  • People toss out acronyms that bounce off my brain and splat on the floor, unabsorbed.
  • Spoilt or damaged ones went splat on the first couple of steps.
  • And so over the top they all merrily go, on their way to one spectacular splat landing.
  • Although the film has scenes of combat, its battles have none of the pow, bam and splat of an ordinary cartoon.
  • Such a moonlet would have collided in a giant splat against the main moon billions of years ago.
  • Also, something mentioned here that is always startling for me to realise: tarantulas will go splat if they take a high fall.
  • The whole world will be waiting to see if it lands on its webbed feet or goes splat.
  • splat swirled around with countless raindrops, but hardly had a moment with any of them.
British Dictionary definitions for splat


a wet slapping sound
Word Origin
C19: of imitative origin


a wide flat piece of wood, esp one that is the upright central part of a chair back
Word Origin
C19: perhaps related to Old English splātan to split
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Word Origin and History for splat

"to land with a smacking sound," 1897, probably of imitative origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for splat



Vigor; pep; pizzazz: the fellow who put foresight, science, and spizzerinktum into their business

[1940s+; origin unknown; since the earliest meaning is ''money,'' perhaps a coinage fr Latin specie rectum, ''the right sort'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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splat in Technology

1. Name used in many places (DEC, IBM, and others) for the asterisk ("*") character (ASCII 0101010). This may derive from the "squashed-bug" appearance of the asterisk on many early line printers.
2. Name used by some MIT people for the "#" character (ASCII 35).
3. (Rochester Institute of Technology) The feature key on a Mac (same as alt).
4. An obsolete name used by some people for the Stanford/ITS extended ASCII circle-x character. This character is also called "blobby" and "frob", among other names; it is sometimes used by mathematicians as a notation for "tensor product".
5. An obsolete name for the semi-mythical Stanford extended ASCII circle-plus character.
See also ASCII.
[Jargon File]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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