splash

verb
\ 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

splash

noun

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

Verb

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 capsule spent a month docked to the ISS before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, where it was retrieved and then refurbished prior to this flight. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch SpaceX launch thousands of pounds of cargo and experiments to the International Space Station," 5 Dec. 2018 Fins can be seen splashing in the water, as if the pair were both briefly tugging at the creature, before the bigger shark swims away with the prey. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Great white shark kills dolphin, loses meal to even bigger shark," 17 Aug. 2018 When US Airways Flight 1549 splashed down on the Hudson River in 2009, few passengers thought to grab life vests. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Dangerous Decision Air Passengers Keep Making," 1 Aug. 2018 The children would splash in the water, the adults would get quality time with the family patriarch. Cleve Wootson, chicagotribune.com, "A man went crabbing - and came back with flesh-eating bacteria that now threaten his life," 10 July 2018 Guihard also said 15 shops were splashed with fake blood. Time, "French Butchers Want Protection From 'Militant' Vegans," 27 June 2018 The building lost nearly all of its windows, its copper roofing was stripped and the stone facade was splashed with graffiti and smashed with sledgehammers. Dan Austin And Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Archive: Once crown jewel, Detroit train station now symbol of ruin," 11 June 2018 Then, as now, the French label’s immodest, $700-plus leather wash bags, often splashed with its logo, can rival a children’s shoebox in size. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "What Exactly Is Inside The Dopp Kits NBA Players Carry?," 5 Feb. 2019 The first step in his nightly skin routine involves splashing his face with cold water. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Luka Sabbat's Nighttime Skincare Routine Is Exactly What You'd Expect," 9 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Making a splash chez Cynthia Rowley was Spongebob Square Pants, a favorite of Marc Jacobs’s, who not only has a tattoo of the cartoon character, but carried a bag featuring the little rascal at his Spring 2008 show for Louis Vuitton. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "It’s Time to Take a Recess From Serious Fashion—13 Camp Creations on the Fall Runways," 8 Apr. 2019 Hot oil splash backs and naked boobs are an uncomfortable combination. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Halle Berry Just Unveiled the Most Enormous Tattoo Right Down Her Back," 5 Mar. 2019 The Padres, a team stuck in a 12-year playoff-less rut, were on the verge of making their biggest free agent splash ever. John Marshall, The Seattle Times, "Padres buzzing over impending arrival of Manny Machado," 20 Feb. 2019 Of course, Chromat brought its own splash: wet T-shirts, yes, as well as swim caps paired with high ponytails and stylized baby hairs (slicked down by hairstylist Kien Hoang using handfuls of Oribe Gel Serum). Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "This Model-Activist and Amputee's Runway Walk Just Lit up the Chromat Show," 8 Sep. 2018 White eventually returned to the Royals, and his contacts helped Metro Sports make perhaps its biggest splash. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Changes at Spectrum Sports cloud future of KC's all-sports cable station," 29 June 2018 These heat-loving microorganisms give hot springs their splashes of color, from white in water close to the boiling point to yellows and oranges in cooler pools. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Finding a steaming oasis, isolated and remote: A look at Alaska’s hot springs," 14 Apr. 2018 The exchange was mirrored around the city last week when the Orioles made their biggest splash of the offseason with just nine days to spare before their March 29 opener at Camden Yards. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles fans feeling brighter about Opening Day after Alex Cobb signing," 28 Mar. 2018 Essentially an unknown to the broader public a year ago, Bradie, a native of the Chicago area, made her first big splash in the sport with a third-place finish at Skate America in November. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "Unknown a Year Ago, Figure Skater Bradie Tennell Makes Her Olympic Debut — and Earns a Season-Best," 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of splash

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for splash

Verb

alteration of plash

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splash

verb

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

splash

noun

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

splash

verb
\ 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.

splash

noun

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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