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splash

[splash] /splæʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to wet or soil by dashing masses or particles of water, mud, or the like; spatter:
Don't splash her dress!
2.
to fall upon (something) in scattered masses or particles, as a liquid does.
3.
to cause to appear spattered.
4.
to dash (water, mud, etc.) about in scattered masses or particles.
5.
to make (one's way) with splashing:
He splashed his way across the pool.
6.
Logging. to move (logs) by releasing a body of water from a splash dam.
verb (used without object)
7.
to dash a liquid or semiliquid substance about.
8.
to fall, move, or strike with a splash or splashes.
9.
(of liquid) to dash with force in scattered masses or particles.
noun
10.
the act of splashing.
11.
the sound of splashing.
12.
a quantity of some liquid or semiliquid substance splashed upon or in a thing.
13.
a spot caused by something splashed.
14.
a patch, as of color or light.
15.
Logging.
  1. the act of splashing logs.
  2. water released, as from a splash dam, for splashing logs.
16.
a striking show or impression.
Verb phrases
17.
splash down, See entry at splash down.
Origin of splash
1705-1715
1705-15; perhaps alteration of plash1
Related forms
splashingly, adverb
unsplashed, adjective
Synonyms
16. ado, impression, uproar, sensation.
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Examples from the Web for splash
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  • He grabbed at it, and, over-balancing, fell with a splash into the water.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • My God, these journalists do love to splash about in their emotions.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • The splash was drowned by the roar of running cable that presently stopped with a jar.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck Harold Bindloss
  • When he was on it he heard the splash of oars below him in the Pool, but he took no heed of it.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • We had just finished dressing, and Nina had gone to pile fresh logs on the fire, when I heard a splash in the water of the creek.

    His Unknown Wife Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for splash

splash

/splæʃ/
verb
1.
to scatter (liquid) about in blobs; spatter
2.
to descend or cause to descend upon in blobs: he splashed his jacket
3.
to make (one's way) by or as if by splashing: he splashed through the puddle
4.
(transitive) to print (a story or photograph) prominently in a newspaper
noun
5.
an instance or sound of splashing
6.
an amount splashed
7.
a patch created by or as if by splashing: a splash of colour
8.
(informal) an extravagant display, usually for effect (esp in the phrase make a splash)
9.
a small amount of soda water, water, etc, added to an alcoholic drink
Word Origin
C18: alteration of plash1
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Word Origin and History for splash
v.

1715, probably an alteration of plash with an intensive s-. The noun is attested from 1736; meaning "striking or ostentatious display" is first attested 1804. Splashy "sensational" first attested 1836. Splash-down in the spacecraft sense is attested from 1961.

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Slang definitions & phrases for splash

spitter

noun

spitball (1908+ Baseball)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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