\ 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 Plus, rinsing a raw bird can cause harmful bacteria to splash all over your sink. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Dry Brine a Turkey for Your Best Bird Yet," 5 Oct. 2020 Going on the road to face the Cardinals (1-0), who have to be incredibly amped after toppling San Francisco on the road, is the kind of thing that should splash a great deal of cold water on Washington’s collective face. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "N.F.L. Week 2 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread," 17 Sep. 2020 For example, splash pads will stay closed through March. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio reopens public spaces, such as basketball courts, playgrounds, while outlining plans to resume services amid coronavirus pandemic," 21 Sep. 2020 Areas with fire pits, cabanas, splash pads, beach volleyball and outdoor games. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, "Arizonans could be surfing in Mesa if a proposed development moves forward," 19 Sep. 2020 Murals of Alpine meadows splash across storefronts; overhanging balconies sprout banks of flowers. Raphael Kadushin, National Geographic, "How to take a European road trip without leaving America’s Midwest," 7 Aug. 2020 The pair, packed into SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, will undock from the ISS sometime on August 1 and then splash down in the Atlantic Ocean on August 2, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted Friday. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Bob and Doug Are Coming Home," 17 July 2020 Hit the beach and hunt for clams, sea glass, and agate pieces at low tide, and splash around at high tide. Meredith Rollins, Redbook, "The No-Fly, All-Fun Vacation," 13 July 2017 Americans for Prosperity Action, a super PAC funded by Charles Koch, too, has promised to splash out on Marshall. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Kansas is stealth danger for Republican control of Senate," 11 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Think of drinking cantaloupe juice with a splash of fizzy water. Washington Post, "Truly exceptional wines deserve four stars, so we’re adding one to our rating system," 16 Oct. 2020 Salty pretzels, sweet chocolate chips, and rich pecans make a mouthwatering combo that's even better with a splash of bourbon stirred into the batter. Kate Merker, Woman's Day, "Pretzel-Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars," 7 Oct. 2020 Even after a brief interruption by credits, Mr. Lavant returns to spring up like a fish popping out of the sea before crashing to the floor with a splash and then rebounding. New York Times, "‘Beau Travail’ Finds the Rhythm of Life (and Dances Away the Pain)," 28 Sep. 2020 Café au lait is a fancy name for a black coffee with just a splash of warm milk. Southern Living, "17 Popular Types of Coffee Explained," 25 Sep. 2020 Longtime Ledisi fans will recall that the singer-songwriter made her first major splash in 2000 with indie album Soulsinger: The Revival. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Ledisi Talks Being Black in the Music Industry, Soul Music & Returning to Her Indie Roots," 25 Sep. 2020 Two days after being hired as head football coach at Jackson State, Deion Sanders made his first big recruiting splash. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Deion Sanders lands first recruit at Jackson State, DB transfer from Mississippi State," 24 Sep. 2020 The Rock Island Metra station garden at 9105 S. Prospect closed the tour with a splash of late season color. Susan Degrane, chicagotribune.com, "Flowers, fairies and purple peppers highlight Beverly group’s tour of area gardens," 16 Sep. 2020 Heat a large frying pan or skillet with a splash of oil and add the onions. Star Tribune, "Sunday Supper: Spanish Tortilla," 11 Sep. 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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Last Updated

21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Splash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splash. Accessed 30 Oct. 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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