splash

verb
\ ˈsplash \
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

Use dry, heat-proof tongs or wooden chopsticks to transfer dredged chicken pieces to hot oil, taking care not to splash and making sure pot is not overcrowded. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "The Greatest New Year’s Menus on the Planet (at Least We Think So)," 26 Dec. 2018 Children stood on bus stop benches — though sometimes the urge to splash in gargantuan puddles proved irresistible. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Undaunted by downpours, Lindale Park holds July 4 parade," 4 July 2018 With an eclectic variety of art installations, a mini-skatepark, water fountains to splash around and cool off in, the mix of American and Mexican food and more, organizers make sure to give fans a big festival feel on a boutique festival budget. Dave Acosta, Billboard, "From Farruko to Bomba Estereo and Gucci Mane: Neon Desert Music Festival's Best Moments," 28 May 2018 Guests swim in small groups and are asked not to splash or dive with the dolphins to avoid harassing the animals. Terry Gardner, latimes.com, "Swim with the spinner dolphins in Hawaii at a discount," 23 May 2018 Maharidge poured glasses of bourbon, then paused to splash a bit from the bottle onto the grass. Author: Dave Philipps, Anchorage Daily News, "Lost in battle, found by amateur sleuths: An ‘unknown’ Marine," 19 Apr. 2018 Fill pan with hot water, halfway up sides of ramekins, being careful not to splash any water in the custards. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A family-friendly, mildly sweet lemon custard for Cupid's Day," 13 Feb. 2018 When SpaceX starts ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station next year, the company’s ocean vessel Go Searcher will be tasked with recovering SpaceX’s crewed Dragon capsules that splash down in the Atlantic. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX’s helipad-equipped boat will bring astronauts safely home," 5 Nov. 2018 Then hop in your car and drive north to Montrose Beach, which has a dedicated area for dogs to run, jump, and splash off leash. Jessica Migala, Country Living, "7 Great Cities to Visit With Your Dog," 26 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The AVs that made the biggest splash in 2018 were the least flashy of the bunch. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 The trail offers beautiful autumn surprises—evergreen trees covered in moss provide a contrasting background for the red splashes of vine maples and the yellow hues of big leaf maples, while mushrooms in many colors sprout from the ground. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The 15 Best Places to Go Hiking in the Fall," 28 Oct. 2018 The only splashes of color are found in a multicolored glass wall on the upper-level mezzanine, where doors open onto the roof amphitheater. Julie V. Iovine., WSJ, "A Shrine to Honor Service," 24 Oct. 2018 The addition of Jay-Z is the latest splash that Puma basketball has made over the past few days. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Jay-Z joining Puma's basketball division as 'creative consultant'," 19 June 2018 But the deal finally got done, leaving the San Antonio billionaire in control and free to make the major splash of hiring Larry Brown, who brought with him a pair of assistants by the name of Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Leonard soap opera not unheard of; Spurs’ 45 seasons include plenty of drama," 15 June 2018 Red is the splash of color in this show’s elegant palette, and by the end there’s a lot of it — gorgeous, gleaming and as poisonous as the people in power. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Review: Pulled Apart by ‘Love and Intrigue’," 8 June 2018 If spices have become too strong, add a splash more wine and extra sugar to taste. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 And for the seafoam dress that Donna passed over, the middle square's emerald shade (or Dose of Colors' option, below) would add a splash of distinction. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This Eyeshadow Palette Was Made for Mamma Mia Halloween Costumes," 5 Oct. 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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More Definitions for splash

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 \
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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