mash

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verb (1)

mashed; mashing; mashes

transitive verb

1
a
: to reduce to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure
b
: crush, smash
mash a finger
2
: to subject (a substance, such as crushed malt) to the action of water with heating and stirring in preparing wort

mash

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noun (1)

1
: a mixture of ground feeds for livestock
2
: crushed malt or grain meal steeped and stirred in hot water to produce wort
3
: a soft pulpy mass
4
British : mashed potatoes

mash

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noun (2)

mash

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verb (2)

mashed; mashing; mashes

transitive verb

: to flirt with or seek the affection of

MASH

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abbreviation

mobile army surgical hospital

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English mash-, from Old English māx-; akin to Middle High German meisch mash

Noun (2)

perhaps from mash entry 1

First Known Use

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (1)

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1870, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mash was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mash. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

mash

1 of 2 noun
1
: crushed malt or grain meal soaked and stirred in hot water
2
: a mixture of ground feeds for livestock
3
: a soft pulpy mass

mash

2 of 2 verb
1
: to make into a soft pulpy mass by beating or pressure
2
: to expose crushed malt to the action of water with heating and stirring
masher noun

Medical Definition

MASH

abbreviation
mobile army surgical hospital

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