\ 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 Following the three-day orbital voyage, the capsule will splash down and be recovered by one of two SpaceX research vessels, named Bob and Doug after Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, the astronauts piloting the first SpaceX mission for NASA. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 13 Sep. 2021 Its first stage rocket, for undisclosed reasons, traveled too far up, resulting in an unpredictable, unrestrained reentry path expected to splash – or crash – down sometime this weekend. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 8 May 2021 Today—on this, the exultant occasion of Amazon Prime Day 2021—is splash out time, baby. Lauren Joseph, Bon Appétit, 22 June 2021 As soon as all of the sugar syrup is incorporated, gradually increase the speed to medium-high, taking care not to raise the speed too quickly, or some of the hot syrup may splash out. G. Daniela Galarza, Arkansas Online, 2 June 2021 Loons splash across the water to gain the speed needed for flight. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 1 June 2021 The actors also splash through the Keller Fountain and race around other local landmarks. oregonlive, 18 May 2021 Eric Uhlir’s paintings splash multiple art-history eras into a jumbo blender. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 The one-and-a-half-mile experience will splash the garden's natural beauty with thousands of energy-efficient LED lights, bringing a new perspective to both the plants and buildings. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 6 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Colts made a splash with one of the spots on their practice squad, signing Houston wide receiver Keke Coutee, a fourth-year receiver who has killed Indianapolis in his three seasons. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Sep. 2021 The expansion club in the capital city has made a splash off the field, if not on it, in 2021, getting large, vibrant crowds at its new stadium and drawing plenty of attention on social media. Dallas News, 29 Aug. 2021 Two of his doubles teams, Caroline Moritz/Natalie Smitek and Kayra Koprulu/Lexi Ospelt, made a splash at the big dance. cleveland, 23 Aug. 2021 In England, Ali Smith has published four novels written in real time named for the seasons, and Rachel Cusk’s trilogy of immediate autobiographical fiction has made a splash both there and in the United States. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2021 Sandburg certainly made a splash with the hiring of McAllister, who had a 94-28 record in 11 seasons at Phillips and won the 2015 Class 4A state title and the 2017 Class 5A state title. Steve Millar, chicagotribune.com, 9 Aug. 2021 Linebacker Mack Wilson made a splash as a Cleveland Browns rookie that exceeded his status as a fifth-round draft choice. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 7 Aug. 2021 The Sabres made a splash earlier by adding a second first-round pick, 14th overall, and defenseman Robert Hagg in dealing Ristolainen to Philadelphia. John Wawrow, Detroit Free Press, 24 July 2021 Team USA made a splash with their entrance, boasting a delegation of 613 athletes clad in Ralph Lauren ensembles. Katie Campione, PEOPLE.com, 23 July 2021

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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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“Splash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splash. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of splash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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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