\ 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 At the same time, a high school Sallee had his name splashed across newspaper fronts again. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "This is Larry Bird's lawyer and he is an absolute character," 1 Feb. 2020 That explains why the company's logo has a honking big bird splashed across it. Popular Science, "The ‘chew chew cult’ is a Victorian diet fad that should really, really never come back," 29 Jan. 2020 The details were hard to resist: an allegedly murderous crown prince, the world’s richest man and his intimate texts splashed across the pages of a supermarket tabloid that has ties to Prince Mohammed and a longtime Bezos detractor, President Trump. Michael Rothfeld, New York Times, "Jeff Bezos’ Hack Inquiry Falls Short of Implicating National Enquirer," 23 Jan. 2020 Yet despite such successes, the dominant narrative about the Women’s March has been of tensions and reported infighting among the organizers, with accusations of anti-Semitism splashed across headlines and on Twitter. Hannah Seligson, Marie Claire, "Behind the Scenes of the Controversy at the Women's March," 17 Jan. 2020 Now hackers and trolls, who have seen their tradecraft splashed across the pages of American intelligence assessments and federal indictments, are working far harder to cover their tracks. Matthew Rosenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Chaos is the point’: Russian hackers and trolls grow stealthier in 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 Canadians pay close attention to U.S. politics, and news of Trump’s impeachment was splashed across the front pages of several Canadian newspapers. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, "Trump cameo cut from Canadian broadcast of Home Alone 2, riling his U.S. fans," 26 Dec. 2019 Reports of lung injuries from e-cigarettes splash across the news these days, but the nicotine-delivery devices are also spawning a quieter worry: whether users risk long-term health effects that may not manifest for decades. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "How safe is vaping? New human studies assess chronic harm to heart and lungs," 26 Nov. 2019 The East Side Gallery, with 101 murals splashed across a still standing section of the Berlin Wall, is the world’s largest and longest open-air gallery. National Geographic, "What did travel have to do with the fall of the Berlin Wall?," 9 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Meanwhile, some legislation sponsored by Haney has made a splash in City Hall, but also rankled the mayor. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "Matt Haney has become the most visible SF supervisor. Is he eyeing the mayor’s office?," 12 Feb. 2020 This year’s winner—a sleek, oceanfront estate on the island of Oahu—wasn’t the only Hawaiian property to make a splash in our annual competition. Jessica Dailey, WSJ, "For the second year in a row, readers selected a home from Hawaii in the annual WSJ.com poll," 30 Jan. 2020 When a children’s’ splash pool was added to facility plans, the maximum membership was increased to afford for the addition. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "The Spa unified a generation in Anchorage. Here’s what happened to it.," 2 Feb. 2020 The meat is mixed by hand with egg, chopped onion, parsley, salt, and a splash of milk, taking care not to overwork the meat. TheWeek, "Traveling across Belgium to build a better meatball," 2 Feb. 2020 Then there is the addition of Hardaway, whose inclusion in the trade widely was viewed as a salary dump by the Knicks, who hoped to make a big free agency splash last summer but utterly failed. Dallas News, "1 year later: What the Mavericks’ blockbuster trade for Kristaps Porzingis means now," 31 Jan. 2020 The Cincinnati Reds' latest splash in free agency - agreeing to terms with outfielder Nick Castellanos on a four-year, $64 million deal Monday morning - left many asking what the team is going to do with so many outfielders. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "National League designated hitter may be imminent, per report," 27 Jan. 2020 The interiors of the house, originally built as a hideaway for an Italian duchess, have splashes of fifties art and huge bedrooms with generous terraces. Ann Abel, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Mexico: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 The only splash of color came from a touch of black on his jacket. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Timothée Chalamet Debuted a Brand-New Mustache at the National Board of Review Gala," 9 Jan. 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


alteration of plash

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The first known use of splash was in 1709

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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Splash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splashed. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce splash (audio)

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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