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smash

noun \ ˈsmash \

Definition of smash

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

Examples of smash in a Sentence

  1. The new movie is a smash.

  2. She was a smash at the party.

  3. His new song promises to be a smash hit.

  4. The vase fell to the ground with a loud smash.

  5. She hit an overhand smash that won the match.

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Origin and Etymology of smash

perhaps blend of 4smack and 2mash


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smash

verb

Definition of smash

transitive verb
1 :to break or crush by violence
2 a :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

smasher

noun

Examples of smash in a Sentence

  1. He smashed the vase with a hammer.

  2. The ball smashed the window.

  3. The vase fell and smashed to pieces.

  4. He smashed into the wall.

  5. She smashed the ball deep into the opposite corner.

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First Known Use of smash

1764


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smash

adjective

Definition of smash

:being a smash :outstanding
  • a smash hit

First Known Use of smash

1923



SMASH Defined for English Language Learners

smash

noun

Definition of smash for English Language Learners

  • : someone or something that is very successful or popular

  • : the sound made when something hits a surface very violently

  • : a hard downward hit in tennis or other games


smash

verb

Definition of smash for English Language Learners

  • : to break (something) into many pieces : to shatter or destroy (something)

  • : to hit (something) violently and very hard

  • : to hit (a ball) downward and very hard in tennis and other games


SMASH Defined for Kids

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smash

noun \ ˈsmash \

Definition of smash for Students

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.

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smash

verb

Definition of smash for Students

smashed; smashing
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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