\ 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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Public library locations will also offer cool spaces in addition to splash pads, and outdoor water play areas, which will be available at Boston parks and playgrounds, the release states. Derek Van Dam, CNN, 3 Aug. 2022 All of the swimming pools and splash pads listed below are within the city limits of Portland or its suburbs. oregonlive, 25 July 2022 Enjoy playscapes, a swimming pool, splash pads for the kids, sports fields Dillon Stadium and historic buildings. Kaitlyn Keegan, Hartford Courant, 19 July 2022 Houston Moms presents this list of some great Houston area splash pads all around the city! Sean Watson, Chron, 15 July 2022 The capsule will splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego on October 10. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 29 Aug. 2022 After orbiting the moon, the Orion space capsule will splash down in the Pacific Ocean. Rebekah Castor, Fox News, 26 Aug. 2022 Just as Prince William did growing up, his three children will likely splash in the River Dee while exploring the outdoors at the expansive rural estate, which has served as a private retreat for the British royal family for over 150 years. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 22 Aug. 2022 In the middle of the city and its most historic park, residents and tourists of all ages splash in the water and sit in the shade. Katie Mogg, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Huskies made a big splash last year in hiring Jim Mora to replace Randy Edsall as their head coach in 2021. Eamonn Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2022 Can the Ducks make another big splash before what will certainly be a Georgia home crowd? Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 27 Aug. 2022 At Midnight Sun Brewing, canned cocktails are making a big splash. Anchorage Daily News, 24 Aug. 2022 Shenandoah freshman QB Braxton Barnett made a big splash in his varsity debut, completing 18-of-23 passes for a school record 322 yards with 5 TD passes in two and a half quarters as the Zeps beat Newcomerstown, 48-8. Jonathan X. Simmons, cleveland, 24 Aug. 2022 Curtis — who made a big splash at CinemaCon earlier this year when thanking theater owners — herself gave a shout-out to seeing the movie on the big screen first. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Aug. 2022 MoviePass made a big splash in 2018, only to almost instantly collapse. Chris Morris, Fortune, 22 Aug. 2022 Amazon has made a big splash tying its Prime Video service to its overall subscription product, which offers free shipping and other perks. Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg.com, 15 Aug. 2022 With no hope for coaxing finesse, most debutants go in for making a big splash in the big outdoors with big effects. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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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


alteration of plash

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16 Sep 2022

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More Definitions for splash


\ 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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