\ 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 All other splash pads in the city were also closed. Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2021 City officials closed all splash pads through the end of the year. al, 28 Sep. 2021 The crew will splash down off the coast of Florida on Saturday. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 18 Sep. 2021 Once the voyage is over, the capsule will re-enter orbit and splash down in the Atlantic. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 16 Sep. 2021 They are scheduled to return to Earth and splash down in Gulf of Mexico on Saturday. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 15 Sep. 2021 As early as Saturday evening, the Dragon spacecraft will descend toward Earth and splash down at one of several possible landing sites off the Florida coast, where a SpaceX team will be waiting for them, ready to take the new astronauts ashore. Ramin Skibba, Wired, 15 Sep. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since first making a splash in London in 1851, world fairs have long been an opportunity for nations to meet, exchange ideas, showcase inventions, promote culture, and build business ties. Aya Batrawy And Isabel Debre, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Oct. 2021 Kate Hudson is definitely making a splash at the Venice Film Festival this year. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 6 Sep. 2021 Posey has been in this situation several times, opening September with designs on making a splash in the playoffs. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Sep. 2021 In a second photo, Everly is seen making a huge splash in the pool as Dewan closes her eyes and Callum makes an upset face. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 25 Aug. 2021 The Chicago Bulls continued to revamp their roster Tuesday by making a surprising splash in free agency. Jamal Collier, chicagotribune.com, 3 Aug. 2021 Keep an eye on The Kid Laroi making another big splash next week. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 23 July 2021 Select that, and customers are presented with a neat catalogue of content that’s about a billion times more useful than the splash page. Luke Winkie, Vulture, 23 June 2021 It’s splash-resistant, too—perfect for a poolside twirl. Jennifer Tzeses, Town & Country, 22 June 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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10 Oct 2021

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“Splash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splash. Accessed 17 Oct. 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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