slosh

noun
\ ˈsläsh How to pronounce slosh (audio) , ˈslȯsh\

Definition of slosh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : the slap or splash of liquid

slosh

verb
sloshed; sloshing; sloshes

Definition of slosh (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to flounder or splash through water, mud, or slush
2 : to move with a splashing motion the water sloshed around him— Bill Alcine

transitive verb

1 : to splash about in liquid
2 : to splash (a liquid) about or on something
3 : to splash with liquid

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Other Words from slosh

Noun

sloshy \ ˈslä-​shē How to pronounce sloshy (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for slosh

Synonyms: Verb

lap, plash, splash, swash

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Examples of slosh in a Sentence

Verb

The children sloshed through the big puddle. Water sloshed in the bottom of the boat as it rocked. Juice sloshed over the rim of her glass. The child sloshed the water in the tub.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Using anti-slosh dams inside the reservoir, designers aimed to prevent fluid from moving around when low. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The Winter Jacket That’s Also a Water Bottle," 1 Oct. 2018 Just like an ocean wave is a slosh of water and a sound wave is a movement of air, gravitational waves are likewise the motion of a medium. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "At Long Last, Scientists Say They Have Confirmed Gravitational Waves," 11 Feb. 2016 As the helium sloshes, the collisions cause some of the helium atoms to flip orientation. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Magnetic helium makes superfluid time crystal," 2 June 2018 There's no purchase when the slosh gets rutted and deep enough. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Cyclists, never underestimate spring breakup in Southcentral Alaska," 29 Mar. 2018 At one moment, a massive wall of water will build and at the last second slosh against the shore, while another more sneaky operator will thunder in and send spray a dozen feet into the air. Sunset, "An Epic Adventure on B.C.’s Vancouver Island," 22 Jan. 2018 And then picture that through these intestines coursed not only this morning’s breakfast in a slosh of digestive juices but another unlikely component: oxygen. Sarah B. Puschmann Staff Writer, Fox News, "The yucky way sea spiders get oxygen to their legs," 17 July 2017 Garlic chopped to a fine mist and warmed with clam juice and olive oil sloshes under the baked littlenecks, a dozen to an order. Pete Wells, New York Times, "At Don Peppe, Expect a Lot of Everything," 20 June 2017 Ken rustled papers on his desk, fighting a weird slosh of tears. Elisabeth Egan, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award finalist: "Errata" by Carol Keeley," 10 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The central fuel chamber was so large that the fuel would slosh around during operation, creating vibrations that could tear the engine apart. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 The hot water sloshes down my ear canal like an aural Neti Pot. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Strange Noise-Blocking Plugs That Custom-Fit Your Ears," 19 Oct. 2018 As befits a story about seafaring and the dank nether reaches of the mind, nautical images slosh throughout. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘Dark Water’ Review: Unfathomable Depths," 28 Dec. 2018 When wind pushes the tower from one side, water will slosh in the other direction to steady the structure. Ryan Ori And Jemal R. Brinson, chicagotribune.com, "Don't look now, but at 50 stories, the Vista Tower is halfway done," 13 June 2018 The flood rises above their heads as the wind howls and floating cars slosh at the surface. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "This terrifying graphic from The Weather Channel shows the power and danger of Hurricane Florence," 13 Sep. 2018 There was plenty learned along the way, about keeping the water from sloshing, to avoid beating up the fish, and keeping the water aerated. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Hand-feeding a wild orca: Inside the practice run to save the ailing killer whale J50," 6 Aug. 2018 Dress up, too: The chic crowds here have more on their minds than just getting sloshed. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Think South Beach is crazy now? Here's what the club scene was like in 1994 | Miami Herald," 5 May 2018 Disastrous scenarios ran through my mind: images of a margherita pizza flopping onto the white carpet, red wine sloshing on someone's pale linen dress — though there wasn't any pizza, the carpet wasn't white, and Dorothy was serving rosé. Jonathan Reynolds, Town & Country, "At Your Service," 11 July 2014

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First Known Use of slosh

Noun

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1844, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for slosh

Noun

probably blend of slop and slush

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The first known use of slosh was in 1814

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slosh

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slosh

: to walk through water, mud, etc., in a forceful and noisy way
of a liquid : to move in a noisy or messy way
: to cause (a liquid) to move in a noisy or messy way

slosh

verb
\ ˈsläsh How to pronounce slosh (audio) \
sloshed; sloshing

Kids Definition of slosh

1 : to walk with trouble through water, mud, or slush Deeper and deeper … they sloshed through the cavernous sewer.— Sid Fleischman, The Whipping Boy
2 : to move with a splashing motion

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