\ ˈsmash How to pronounce smash (audio) \

Definition of smash

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a smashing blow or attack
b : a hard overhand stroke (as in tennis or badminton)
2a : the action or sound of smashing especially : a wreck due to collision : crash
b : utter collapse : ruin
3 : a striking success


smashed; smashing; smashes

Definition of smash (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to break or crush by violence
2a : to drive or throw violently especially with a shattering or battering effect also : to effect in this way
b : to hit violently : batter
c(1) : to hit (something, such as a tennis ball) with a hard overhand stroke
(2) : to drive (a ball) with a forceful stroke
3 : to destroy utterly : wreck

intransitive verb

1 : to move or become propelled with violence or crashing effect smashed into a tree
2 : to become wrecked
3 : to go to pieces suddenly under collision or pressure



Definition of smash (Entry 3 of 3)

: being a smash : outstanding a smash hit

Other Words from smash


smasher noun

Examples of smash in a Sentence

Noun The new movie is a smash. She was a smash at the party. His new song promises to be a smash hit. The vase fell to the ground with a loud smash. She hit an overhand smash that won the match. Verb He smashed the vase with a hammer. The ball smashed the window. The vase fell and smashed to pieces. He smashed into the wall. She smashed the ball deep into the opposite corner. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Researchers will also get an immediate glimpse of how DART’s smash-up plays out, thanks to multiple cameras that will capture the show. Loren Grush Bloomberg News (tns), al, 26 Sep. 2022 Researchers will also get an immediate glimpse of how DART's smash-up plays out, thanks to multiple cameras that will capture the show. Loren Grush,, 24 Sep. 2022 Netflix unveiled a new clip from Glass Onion, the follow-up to Rian Johnson's 2019 smash, at the TUDUM fan event on Saturday. Sara Netzley,, 24 Sep. 2022 Mitchell only needed one smash to break the guitar on the amp, but gave it a second for good measure. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 22 Sep. 2022 Robo dino go big smash in Horizon: Call of the Mountain. WIRED, 15 Sep. 2022 Eventually, Alcaraz won the game with an overhead smash, and won the following tiebreak in a rout. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 With the crowd cheering wildly at 3-5, McNally and Townsend got up love-40 and finished off the win with a Townsend overhead smash followed by a long, triumphant hug by the partners. Michael Lewis, The Enquirer, 10 Sep. 2022 Not only did the girls make their U.S. awards show debut by performing the smash at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, but on the chart dated Sept. 3, the anthem also earned them their very first solo Streaming Songs top 10 by landing at No. 9. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 7 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hollywood comes to life Monday night, as NASA attempts to smash a small spacecraft into an asteroid nearly 7 million miles from Earth, and knock the space rock onto a new path. Sara Lang, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Sep. 2022 In a first-of-its-kind maneuver, a NASA spacecraft is set to intentionally smash into an asteroid to test whether deflecting a space rock could one day protect Earth from a potentially catastrophic impact. Denise Chow, NBC News, 25 Sep. 2022 Name the new mission from NASA that hopes to deliberately smash a spacecraft into an asteroid`s moon. CNN, 22 Sep. 2022 One even picked up a rock and was using it to smash a department store window. Dalton Ross,, 8 Sep. 2022 In 2019, the Browns' Myles Garrett was suspended six games for using his helmet to smash Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head during a regular-season game. CBS News, 25 Aug. 2022 The quarter puts Airbnb on track to smash its pre-pandemic total revenue from 2019 of $4.8 billion. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2022 In a small bowl, use a small rubber spatula or the back of a spoon to smash 4 fresh or thawed raspberries down to create a puree. Ying Chu, Marie Claire, 13 Oct. 2020 Volumes are on track to smash another record this year, with more than 40 million contracts changing hands on an average day in 2022, according to the Options Clearing Corporation. Eric Wallerstein, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Jimmy then pulled out a photo of Halsey dressed up as Millie Bobby Brown’s nose-bleeding character from the smash Netflix horror drama. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 15 June 2022 Sam Raimi remembers when Darkman bombed and Spider-Man was a surprise super-smash. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Does this mean that Operation Fortune is going to be a breakout super-smash? Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Now, it is poised to become the U.S. partner for TikTok, the smash Chinese social-media app that has become a staple on the smartphones of millions of American teenagers. Georgia Wells, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of smash


1725, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1764, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smash


perhaps blend of smack entry 4 and mash entry 2

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29 Sep 2022

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“Smash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for smash


\ ˈsmash How to pronounce smash (audio) \

Kids Definition of smash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a violent blow
2 : the action or sound of shattering or hitting violently He broke the plate with a smash.
3 : a striking success The show was a smash.


smashed; smashing

Kids Definition of smash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to break in pieces : shatter She smashed the dishes.
2 : to hit or move violently He smashed a ball over the fence.
3 : to destroy completely Our best swimmer smashed the state record. He smashed the car.

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