\ ˈsplash How to pronounce splash (audio) \
splashed; splashing; splashes

Definition of splash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to strike and dash about a liquid or semiliquid substance
b : to move in or into a liquid or semiliquid substance and cause it to spatter
2a(1) : to become spattered about
(2) : to spread or scatter in the manner of splashed liquid
b : to fall, strike, or move with a splashing sound a brook splashing over rocks

transitive verb

1a(1) : to dash a liquid or thinly viscous substance upon or against
(2) : to soil or stain with splashed liquid
b : to mark or overlay with patches of contrasting color or texture
c : to display prominently a story splashed on the front page
2a : to cause (a liquid or thinly viscous substance) to spatter about especially with force
b : to scatter in the manner of a splashed liquid



Definition of splash (Entry 2 of 2)

1a(1) : splashed liquid or semiliquid substance also : impounded water released suddenly
(2) : a spot or daub from or as if from splashed liquid a mud splash on the fender
b : a colored patch
2a : the action of splashing
b : a short plunge
3 : a sound produced by or as if by a liquid falling, moving, being hurled, or oscillating
4a : a vivid impression created especially by ostentatious activity or appearance
b : ostentatious display
5 : a small amount : sprinkling

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Other Words from splash


splasher noun

Examples of splash in a Sentence

Verb He dropped the bottle and bleach splashed onto the floor. We could hear the waves splashing against the side of the boat. The baby splashed the water. Don't splash water at your brother. I accidentally splashed some water on the floor. She splashed cold water on her face. We were splashed by a passing car. She splashed her face with cold water. The dog was splashing through the waves. Noun at least you have a splash of common sense—which is more than we can say for your mother
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The women, India Johnson, 26, and Yasmeen Winston, 25, planned to take their infant sons to splash in the fountains at the World War II Memorial on Thursday afternoon. Washington Post, "Eleanor Holmes Norton demands answers from Secret Service after D.C. moms said officers held them at gunpoint on Mall," 5 Aug. 2020 Behnken and Hurley should splash down at 2:48 p.m. ET. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Splashdown Is a Success! Bob and Doug Are Safely Back on Earth.," 2 Aug. 2020 Even in the midst of a pandemic, splash pads, spraygrounds and interactive fountains can be a go-to source for free family recreation. Dallas News, "Where to find free splash pads, spraygrounds and fountains," 31 July 2020 Weather permitting, SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft will splash down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "More quickly than anyone expected, NASA embraces reuse for human flights," 31 July 2020 To avoid spreading the dangerous virus, city leaders have opted to keep the city-run swimming pools and splash pads at city parks closed. Diana R. Fuentes, ExpressNews.com, "Nine more deaths of patients with novel coronavirus cases in San Antonio; 52 in past week alone," 12 July 2020 After closing 136 playgrounds and splash pads because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Indy Parks will fully reopen all parks and 20 spraygrounds on Saturday, July 11. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Indy Parks splash pads, parks to reopen with mask guidelines in place," 10 July 2020 Playgrounds, splash pads, dog parks and the skate park at Festival Fields will remain open with strict physical distancing measures. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix-area cities cancel July 4th events, pare back services following governor's order," 3 July 2020 Pools and splash pads slated to reopen July 3 will remain closed. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "‘Emergency status’ — 795 new COVID-19 cases, two new deaths in Bexar County," 27 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The latest Disney alum to make a sartorial splash is Debby Ryan, the 25-year old actress-singer who regularly steps out in pieces from luxe labels like Cushnie and Chloé. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Debby Ryan Gives Her Disney Channel Characters a Wardrobe Update," 4 Aug. 2020 Step one: make a splash with a concept EV at one of the biggest events on the automotive calendar. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Sony Vision-S Prototype Moves from CES Stage to On-Road Testing in Tokyo," 1 Aug. 2020 Make a splash buying one of these homes with a pool recommended by Allie Beth Allman & Associates. Dallas News, "‘Cool off’ with your own pool," 12 July 2020 The viral video, made by a South Korean company called Pinkfong, didn't make a splash when it was first launched. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "A 'Baby Shark' TV Show Is Coming to Nickelodeon, With More Undersea Songs," 25 June 2020 Bertuzzi, 25, began the 2019-20 season with a splash, posting two goals and three assists in the first two games. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "I'm predicting big 2020-21 season for Detroit Red Wings' Tyler Bertuzzi. Here's why," 6 July 2020 Cathy Barrow whipped up a batch of her Spicy Caramel Popcorn, with a splash of bourbon and chile paste, which is perfect for dishing out in socially distant single servings. The Washington Post, "Chat Transcript: The Food Team answers your questions on grilling, restaurants, this week's recipes and more!," 1 July 2020 Five tasting stations are set up along the way, starting with a splash of Pinot Gris that tastes of stone fruit, before moving on to a strawberry-ish rosé of Syrah. Chris Macias, SFChronicle.com, "Sterling Vineyards’ tram and tasting are quintessential Napa," 22 June 2020 They were asked to leave and told the splash pad at the Village Green was open to use. cleveland, "Wild cats prevent resident from leaving home: Olmsted Falls Police Blotter," 10 July 2020

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First Known Use of splash


1709, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(2)


1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for splash


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The first known use of splash was in 1709

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10 Aug 2020

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“Splash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splash. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of splash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of a liquid : to move, fall, or hit something in a noisy or messy way
: to cause (water or another liquid) to move in a noisy way or messy way
: to make (someone or something) wet with large drops of water or another liquid



English Language Learners Definition of splash (Entry 2 of 2)

: the sound made when someone or something hits liquid or when liquid hits something
: the movement of liquid when something hits it
: a mark or spot made when a liquid is splashed on something


\ ˈsplash How to pronounce splash (audio) \
splashed; splashing

Kids Definition of splash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to hit (something liquid or sloppy) and cause to move and scatter roughly … she … beat the pancake batter so hard that it splashed all over the walls.— Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking
2 : to wet or soil by spattering with something wet (as water or mud) I got splashed by a passing car.
3 : to move or strike with a splashing sound Children like to splash through a puddle.
4 : to spread or scatter like a splashed liquid The sunset splashed the sky with red.



Kids Definition of splash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : material that has been hit and made to scatter
2 : a spot or smear from or as if from liquid that has been hit and made to scatter
3 : the sound or action of liquid that has been hit and made to scatter

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