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swashing

[swosh-ing, swaw-shing] /ˈswɒʃ ɪŋ, ˈswɔ ʃɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending to swash:
swashing water.
Origin of swashing
1550-1560
1550-60; swash + -ing2
Related forms
swashingly, adverb

swash

[swosh, swawsh] /swɒʃ, swɔʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to splash, as things in water, or as water does:
Waves were swashing against the piers.
2.
to dash around, as things in violent motion.
3.
to swagger.
verb (used with object)
4.
to dash or cast violently, especially to dash (water or other liquid) around, down, etc.
noun
5.
the surging or dashing, sometimes violent, of water, waves, etc.
6.
the sound made by such dashing:
the thunderous swash of the waves.
7.
the ground over which water washes.
8.
Chiefly Southeastern U.S. a channel of water through or behind a sandbank.
9.
Printing. an extending ornamental flourish, as on letters of certain fonts of italic or cursive type.
adjective
10.
Printing. noting or pertaining to a character having a swash:
a swash letter.
Origin
1520-30; imitative
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Examples from the Web for swashing
Historical Examples
  • It was only a moment or two until he heard the swashing contact of running feet with mud.

  • Anne felt the presence of the swashing Festus, and stopped her reading.

    The Trumpet-Major Thomas Hardy
  • She went down the hill to the edge of the broad, dark Ottawa, where thin slices of ice were swashing together.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories Edward William Thomson
  • The Goldwing had taken in so much water that it was swashing about in the standing-room.

    All Adrift Oliver Optic
  • In the distance I could hear the swashing of waves on a beach.

    The Long Voyage Carl Richard Jacobi
  • Too long the Liberals have failed to strike a swashing stroke.

  • The swashing of the water made a sound (pluk, pluk, pluk, pluk) resembling that of the viscera of a bear as he moves along.

    Pomo Bear Doctors Samuel Alfred Barrett
  • The swell from her rolled in, swashing heavily on the beach.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • She fluttered upstairs with swashing petticoats and a flutter of ribbons, and Paul waited in the corridor below.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • He has already received "a swashing blow" respecting the agricultural statistics on which he bases the whole of his argument.

British Dictionary definitions for swashing

swash

/swɒʃ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (esp of water or things in water) to wash or move with noisy splashing
2.
(transitive) to dash (a liquid, esp water) against or upon
3.
(intransitive) (archaic) to swagger or bluster
noun
4.
Also called send. the dashing movement or sound of water, such as that of waves on a beach Compare backwash
5.
any other swashing movement or sound
6.
a sandbar washed by the waves
7.
Also called swash channel. a channel of moving water cutting through or running behind a sandbank
8.
(archaic)
  1. swagger or bluster
  2. a swashbuckler
Word Origin
C16: probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for swashing

swash

n.

1530s, "the fall of a heavy body or blow," possibly from wash with an intensifying s-. It also meant "pig-wash, filth, wet refuse" (1520s) and may have been imitative of the sound of water dashing against solid objects. The meaning "a body of splashing water" is first found 1670s; that of "a dashing or splashing" 1847.

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