plash

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /plæʃ/
  • Rhymes: -æʃ
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English plasch, plasche, from Old English plæsċ (pool, puddle). Cognate with Dutch plas (pool, watering hole). Related also to West Frisian plaskje (to splash, splatter), Dutch plassen (to splash, splatter), German platschen (to splash).

Noun[edit]

plash (plural plashes)

  1. (Britain, dialectal) A small pool of standing water; a puddle.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.viii:
      Out of the wound the red bloud flowed fresh, / That vnderneath his feet soone made a purple plesh.
    • 1597, Francis Bacon, Of the Coulers of Good and Evill, 4:
      Hereof Aesop framed the Fable of the two Frogs that consulted together in time of drowth (when many plashes that they had repayred to were dry) what was to be done.
    • 1855, Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”, XXII:
      Who were the strugglers, what war did they wage, / Whose savage trample thus could pad the dank / Soil to a plash? [...]
    • a. 1677, Isaac Barrow, The Consideration of our Latter End (sermon)
      These shallow plashes.
  2. A splash, or the sound made by a splash.
    • 1888, Henry James, The Aspern Papers
      Presently a gondola passed along the canal with its slow rhythmical plash, and as we listened we watched it in silence.
  3. A sudden downpour.

Verb[edit]

plash (third-person singular simple present plashes, present participle plashing, simple past and past participle plashed)

  1. (intransitive) To splash.
  2. (transitive) To cause a splash.
  3. (transitive) To splash or sprinkle with colouring matter.
    to plash a wall in imitation of granite
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English *plasshen, *plaisshen, *plesshen, from Old French plaissier, plessier (to bend). For the noun, compare Middle English plaisshes (hedges forming an enclosure, palisade of hedges or wattles). Compare also pleach.

Noun[edit]

plash (plural plashes)

  1. The branch of a tree partly cut or bent, and bound to, or intertwined with, other branches.

Verb[edit]

plash (third-person singular simple present plashes, present participle plashing, simple past and past participle plashed)

  1. (transitive) To cut partly, or to bend and intertwine the branches of.
    • to plash a hedge
      (Can we find and add a quotation of Evelyn to this entry?)

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