gash

noun
\ ˈgash How to pronounce gash (audio) \

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

One left defender Becky Sauerbrunn with a gash over her right eye and rivulet of blood streaming down her face. Liz Clarke, The Denver Post, "Clarke: “Equal pay!” chant stands out after U.S. Women’s World Cup victory," 7 July 2019 Beierle swung the jammed Glock, catching Quick on the left side of his face, opening a three-inch gash over his eyebrow and sending the smaller man flying. Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "He always hated women. Then he decided to kill them.," 7 June 2019 Timothy Hauge, of Fosston, was lying in the road with a large gash on his head, officers said. Tess Williams, Twin Cities, "Minnesota man killed his brother with a landscaping block, charges indicate," 4 June 2019 Indeed, the tree was scored by innumerable gashes from the buffalo’s horns. National Geographic, "Jane Goodall’s original tale of chimpanzees still astonishes today," 17 Apr. 2019 The plating was used extensively on the starboard side of the hull, where Ingstad sustained huge, twenty meter long gash just above the waterline. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Norway’s Ruined Frigate Is Afloat Again and It Doesn't Look Good," 15 Apr. 2019 Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told reporters at a briefing on the accident that a woman in the apartment building was killed when the crane cut a gash in the apartment building, apparently slicing through some of the apartments. Washington Post, "The Latest: Search of accessible apartments finds no victims," 10 June 2019 Miraculously, what is on display at the Met survived intact apart from one large gash near the bottom that the excavator considers ancient damage, although not everyone agrees. The New York Review of Books, "G.W. Bowersock," 18 Apr. 2019 En route, the group stopped and piled out for a closer look at an adult tortoise with gashes and tooth marks on the front edge of its scuffed carapace. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "These tortoise-killing ravens are so smart, scientists must use drones to stop them," 9 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Right there, in the woman’s hands, clasped tenderly around her neighbor’s ribcage as if to suture a gashing sob, those downcast eyes that wouldn’t reach yours, those faces only known from the side. Emmanuel Iduma, The New York Review of Books, "‘Gone Like a Meteor’: Epitaph for the Lost Youth of the Biafran War," 30 May 2019 The defense has hung in there much of the season but has been gashed for 215 and 269 yards rushing the last two weeks, its worst two games of the year in that department. Bob Baum, The Seattle Times, "Wilks even-keeled in what could be last week as Cards coach," 24 Dec. 2018 What if his great project were hull-gashed and sinking? Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Did Chivalry Go Down With the Titanic?," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce gash (audio) \

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 How to pronounce gash (audio) \

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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