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

Many were barefoot with seeping gashes in their feet and bruises all over. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "AP WAS THERE: 2013 typhoon kills thousands in Philippines," 15 Sep. 2018 The carved out rectangular gashes in the opposing hillsides of a natural valley were in a state of crumbling disarray. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018 And then made his way to the hospital, where his biggest injuries were some deep gashes on his arms, back and head. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "This Man Got Attacked by the Same Bear Twice — and Lived to Tell About It," 5 Oct. 2016 The following year, Mary Richardson went to the National Gallery with an axe up her sleeve and slashed Diego Velazquez’s painting of a nude, reclining Venus, landing several gashes in the goddess’s back. Joanna Scutts, The New Republic, "The Fight Women Won," 20 Apr. 2018 Police say the man, who nearly had his finger cut off, received deep gashes in his arm and head from the impromptu sword fight. Josh Magness, kansascity, "Men duel with sword and 4-foot contractor's level in argument over parking spot, police say," 19 June 2018 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

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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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