splat

1 [splat]
noun
1.
Also, splad. a broad, flat piece of wood, either pierced or solid, forming the center upright part of a chair back or the like.
2.
a batten for covering joints between sheets of wallboard; panel strip.

Origin:
1825–35; origin uncertain; compare Old English splātan to split

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splat

2 [splat]
noun
a sound made by splattering or slapping.

Origin:
1895–1900; back formation from splatter

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splat1 (splæt)
 
n
a wet slapping sound
 
[C19: of imitative origin]

splat2 (splæt)
 
n
a wide flat piece of wood, esp one that is the upright central part of a chair back
 
[C19: perhaps related to Old English splātan to split]

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Word Origin & History

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


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]
(1995-01-19)
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Example sentences
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.
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