splash

[splash]
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.
a.
the act of splashing logs.
b.
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:
1705–15; perhaps alteration of plash1

splashingly, adverb
unsplashed, adjective


16. ado, impression, uproar, sensation.
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splash (splæʃ)
 
vb
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.  (tr) to print (a story or photograph) prominently in a newspaper
 
n
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
 
[C18: alteration of plash1]

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Word Origin & History

splash
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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Example sentences
In midair the shark lunges at a seal and flips back into the water with a
  mighty splash.
Here and there a splash of white or crimson marked the blooming of some
  trailing epiphyte.
When pioneer mothers did their wash by a stream, another story goes, they
  sometimes heard a splash and a muffled yelp.
Splash some oil into a heavy pan, enough to coat the bottom.
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