gash

noun
\ ˈgash \

Definition of gash 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a deep long cut in flesh

2 : a deep narrow depression or cut cut a gash through the forest a gash in the hull

gash

verb
gashed; gashing; gashes

Definition of gash (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make a gash in

intransitive verb

: to make a gash : cut

gash

adjective

Definition of gash (Entry 3 of 3)

1 chiefly Scotland : knowing, witty

2 chiefly Scotland : well-dressed : trim

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Synonyms for gash

Synonyms: Noun

incision, laceration, rent, rip, slash, slit, tear

Synonyms: Verb

cut, incise, rip, shear, slash, slice, slit

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Examples of gash in a Sentence

Noun

The dog had a bad gash in his leg. The iceberg made a gash in the hull of the ship.

Verb

The knife slipped and gashed his finger. her face had been gashed by the rocks as she tumbled down the embankment
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The first time came in July 2014, when her then-3-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a skull fracture and a gash on her scalp. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "State seeks death penalty for Miami mom whose baby died from scalding bath," 15 June 2018 Jonathan Rance pushed Kelly Corrado into some boulders in the Willamette River and struck her on the back and head, causing a bloody gash on her skull that required three staples. Aimee Green, OregonLive.com, "Homeless man who 'beat the crap out of' beachgoers gets 5 years," 23 May 2018 Phillips was taken to the hospital, where she was treated for cuts and gashes, as well as broken fingers. Author: Kyle Swenson, Anchorage Daily News, "‘It was either me or the cat’: Georgia woman kills rabid bobcat with her bare hands," 18 June 2018 My face was covered in blood, my nose and arm broken, my back had a wide gash and tire marks with micro fractures, my abdomen bruised and covered in tire marks, and my liver lacerated. Kristi Turnquist, OregonLive.com, "Woman injured in PSU hit-and-run says 'it's been difficult,' shares charity fundraising goal," 10 June 2018 One of the dogs had a fresh injury: a gash on its side, said Davie Police Detective Viviana Gallinal. CBS News, "Search teams find body of woman missing in suspected alligator attack," 9 June 2018 But by the time Gerardo Menjivar, 36, was through with her, Menjivar's knife attack had left the waitress with a 3 to 4 inch gash on her neck and a wound nearly as long on her hand, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "‘I’ll pay you,’ diner told waitress — but he grabbed a knife, not his wallet, Mass. cops say | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 As the glass doors slid open, the monkey got scared and bit her on the arm and hand, leaving two gashes on the left side of her face. Elizabeth Finny, miamiherald, "A Home Depot employee showed up for a normal day of work. She left with something she didn't expect.," 7 June 2018 The Inter midfielder missed the ball completely and stamped on Mandzukic's ankle, and the Croatian displayed the gruesome gash after the game amid controversy over Vecino's sending off. Emmeline Moore, chicagotribune.com, "Five talking points in Serie A football," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The book is, among other things, a catalog of job-site horrors: fingers lost, legs gashed, bodies horribly burned. Alec Macgillis, New York Times, "She Didn’t Own a Birth Certificate or Go to School. Yet She Went On to Earn a Ph.D.," 1 Mar. 2018 Ryan has driven two hours of bumpy back road to see this invention do what traditional exploration crews do by gashing trenches with backhoes. Genesee Keevil, Popular Mechanics, "The Rush: What the World's Greatest Gold Prospector Knows," 17 May 2018 Boston shot 17-of-36 from three, not dissimilar to the way the Sixers gashed the Heat from outside in the first round. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Boston Expertly Schemed to Defend Philly's Three-Point Shooters in Game 1," 30 Apr. 2018 Barkley gashed the Trojans defense for 194 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "NFL Draft Hype Tracker: Saquon Barkley's path from Rutgers commit to generational prospect," 26 Apr. 2018 After a peacock flew onto a toddler’s head at Magnolia Park near Apopka in 2016, gashing the boy with its talon, Orange County Parks and Recreation posted advisory signs near park’s picnic pavilions and playgrounds. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Oakland hires trapper to nab 'gorgeous' but 'nasty' peacocks after complaints," 3 Apr. 2018 Christie’s leg was gashed during the fall and she was taken to the hospital, ending her medal hopes. Jenna West, SI.com, "Saturday Daily Olympic Digest: U.S. Falls to Russia in Men's Hockey; Nathan Chen Makes Skating History," 17 Feb. 2018 The rocks gashed deeper into our feet with every push. Ryan Knighton, Popular Mechanics, "The Truth Is in the Muck," 6 Oct. 2016 Wright’s small lineups are still giving opponents trouble by spreading out the defense and gashing it with drive-and-kick 3s. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "How an injury in 2005 sparked Villanova's dynasty," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gash

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1566, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gash

Verb

alteration of Middle English garsen, from Anglo-French garser to nip, scratch, from Vulgar Latin *charissare, from Greek charassein to scratch, engrave

Adjective

origin unknown

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More Definitions for gash

gash

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, deep cut

gash

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gash (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a long, deep cut in (something)

gash

noun
\ ˈgash \

Kids Definition of gash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long deep cut

gash

verb
gashed; gashing

Kids Definition of gash (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a long deep cut in The knife slipped and gashed her finger.

\ ˈgash \

Medical Definition of gash 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a gash in

intransitive verb

: to make a gash : cut

gash

noun

Medical Definition of gash (Entry 2 of 2)

: a deep long cut especially in flesh

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