\ 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 According to Hamilton, a deputy on courthouse security saw Robinson splash paint from a single can on the monument about 4 p.m. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 14 Oct. 2021 Plans for the park include a soccer field, open lawn space for events, a playground, walking path, splash pad and other amenities. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 7 Oct. 2021 The lavish Rolls-Royce Boat Tail made one helluva splash when it was unveiled earlier this year, but very few have seen it in the flesh. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 Oct. 2021 The recent survey revealed 78 percent of the 886 respondents wanted more slides, splash features and other amenities added. John Benson, cleveland, 22 Sep. 2021 The Tommy Knocker playland added a spacious children's playground with a carousel, gold panning feature, splash pad and three-story climbing structures. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The camp welcomed dozens of children between the ages of 6 and 16, encouraging them to climb up a two-story jungle gym, splash about a model of the local Truckee River and explore the galaxy through an exhibit developed in collaboration with NASA. NBC News, 18 Sep. 2021 To cap off the journey, their spacecraft will dive back into the atmosphere for a fiery re-entry and splash down off the coast of Florida. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 15 Sep. 2021 This center is home to special events, residents’ parties, a stellar workout facility, a swimming pool with beach entry, lap lanes and sunbathing areas and a children’s pool and splash area. Dallas News, 29 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In lieu of an offseason splash at running back, the Dolphins signed serviceable veteran power back Malcolm Brown to work with Washington alumni Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, 31 Aug. 2021 Coming off a profitable year, executives from the $14.5 billion company wanted to craft an incentive program that would make more of splash. Washington Post, 5 July 2021 There’s Space Gray and Silver for an understated look, or Pink, Green and a splendid Sky Blue for those people wanting to make more of a splash. David Phelan, Forbes, 23 June 2021 The addition of a splash of bittersweet amaro improves the bitter espresso, your digestion, and, most importantly, your sense of universal well-being. Beth Segal, cleveland, 28 May 2021 After scoring 21 goals in 39 games with São Paulo, his new home will be F.C. Cincinnati, which is aiming to make more of a splash after making little impression in its first two seasons. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Waterproof and sweatproof technology can effectively prevent the damage of the splash by sweat and raindrops. Maren Estrada, BGR, 9 Apr. 2021 Hundreds of standout Chevrolet Corvettes have featured on the silver screen over the decades, but few have made as big of a splash as the 1963 Grand Sport in Fast Five. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2021 In the meantime, use it to make baths a little more relaxing, without fear of an accidental splash. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Nov. 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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22 Oct 2021

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“Splash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splash. Accessed 28 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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