awash

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Etymology[edit]

a- +‎ wash

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  • IPA(key): /əˈwɒʃ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɒʃ

Adjective[edit]

awash (comparative more awash, superlative most awash)

  1. Washed by the waves or tide (of a rock or strip of shore, or of an anchor, etc., when flush with the surface of the water, so that the waves break over it); covered with water.
    • 1835, Martin White, Sailing Directions for the English Channel, London: The Hydrographic Office, Admiralty p. 26,[1]
      The former rock is awash at low water []
    • 1904, Jack London, The Sea-Wolf, New York: Grosset & Dunlap, Chapter 39, p. 319,[2]
      The deck was continually awash with the sea which came inboard over the rail and through the scuppers.
    • 1979, Leonard Cohen, “Ballad of the Absent Mare” in the album Recent Songs,
      but the river’s in flood
      and the roads are awash
      and the bridges break up
      in the panic of loss.
  2. (by extension) Covered, overspread (with or in something).
    • 1953, James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain, New York: Dell, 1970, Part 2, p. 80,[3]
      Tonight, his mind was awash with visions:
    • 2005, Chris Ramirez, 2nd find excites museum diggers," The Arizona Republic, 26 Aug,
      The Valley landscape was more awash with greenery some 11,000 years ago.
    • 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, in BBC[4]:
      Bulgaria's only attacking weapon was the wayward shooting of Martin Petrov, whereas England's attacking options were awash with movement in the shape of Rooney, Young and Walcott.
    • 2019, Lucy Ellmann, Ducks, Newburyport, Galley Beggar Press,[5]
      [] the whole country’s awash in guns and Bibles,
    • 2019 December 10, Yacht Club Games, "Story" (Liquid Samurai), in Shovel Knight Showdown (version 4.1), Nintendo Switch, scene: opening:
      THE LIQUID SAMURAI ROSE, AWASH IN THE MIRROR'S MAGIC.

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