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noun (1)

: a single flat thin often ornamental member of a back of a chair


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noun (2)

: a splattering or slapping sound

Examples of splat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Yogurt hit the cocktail world with a splat (sorry) in 2013. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 11 Nov. 2023 The rich and talented and tormenting Dodgers have done it again, taking barely a step into the postseason before falling flat on their faces, shaking the foundations of franchise history with the resulting splat. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 In Year 6, with his best defense and deepest team, UCLA coach Chip Kelly once again briefly raised expectations before going splat in his old home state. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2023 Body count remains the red meat of the Walking Dead world, the squish and splat that accompanies the walking dead’s transition to the certifiably dead. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 10 Sep. 2023 That said, those interested in the simpler pleasures of watching bugs go splat will also find plenty to like, from its gnarly, goo-slinging action set pieces to CGI effects that stand up to today's technology. Randall Colburn, EW.com, 16 May 2022 Ari Aster made a splash—and one memorable splat—with his directorial debut, which took psychological horror to new heights. Wired, WIRED, 30 Mar. 2023 After each splat and thwap, Smith walked the distance from the impact zone — where seeds and gooey pumpkin guts spilled onto the earth — to the target and quietly counted his paces. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Oct. 2021 The splat of balls hitting gloves, laughter and baseball chatter echoed around the sparsely populated Coliseum on Saturday as the A’s held their first workout since the sport shut down in March. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, 4 July 2020 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

obsolete splat to spread flat

Noun (2)


First Known Use

Noun (1)

1833, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of splat was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Splat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splat. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a splattering or slapping sound
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