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

Once on land, a lifeguard observed several gashes on her foot, telling her the marks appeared to be consistent with an eel bite. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Giant eel bites woman vacationing in Hawaii: 'There was blood everywhere'," 3 Aug. 2018 Another strike opened a deep gash stretching diagonally across the back of his head. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, "The Democratic Republic of Congo Has Humanitarian Crises Leaving Millions of Children In Danger," 14 Nov. 2018 Field manager Al Steffen told the paper that there are gashes as deep as four inches all over the infield and outfield, as well as damage to the sprinkler system. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "‘Field of Dreams’ Owners Seek $15,000 to Repair Damage Done by Vandal," 24 Jan. 2018 Ingstad suffered a long gash in her hull on the starboard rear quarter. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Underwater Footage from Helge Ingstad—Norway’s Newest Submarine," 19 Dec. 2018 Two cranes collapsed during the sinking, with one crashing onto the Kuznetsov and leaving a large gash in its hull. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian officials: Nope, we can’t finish fixing the carrier Kuznetsov," 9 Nov. 2018 The blade destroyed part of the engine and opened a gash in the fuselage. Zach Wichter, New York Times, "As Engine Failed, F.A.A. Was Considering Rules That Might Have Made a Difference," 19 Apr. 2018 This probably started the gash in the hull above the torpedo section. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Russian Kursk Submarine Disaster," 28 Sep. 2018 One of the explosions ripped a large gash in her forward bow, near the torpedo compartment. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Russian Kursk Submarine Disaster," 28 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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