splash

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A splash.

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Etymology[edit]

(onomatopoeia), possibly influenced by plash. Connected with splosh and splish by vowel apophony (sound change); compare with Indo-European ablaut as in sing/sang/sung/song.

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Noun[edit]

splash (plural splashes)

  1. (onomatopoeia) The sound made by an object hitting a liquid.
    I heard a splash when the rock landed in the pond.
  2. A small amount of liquid
    I felt a splash of rain so put up my hood.
    I felt a splash of water on my leg as the car drove into the nearby puddle.
  3. A small amount (of color)
    The painter put a splash of blue on the wall to make it more colorful
  4. A mark or stain made from a small amount a liquid
    There was a visible splash on his pants after he went to the bathroom.
  5. An impact or impression.
    The new movie made quite a splash upon its release.

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Verb[edit]

splash (third-person singular simple present splashes, present participle splashing, simple past and past participle splashed)

  1. To hit or agitate liquid so that part of it separates from the principal liquid mass.
    sit and splash in the bathtub
  2. To disperse a fluid suddenly; to splatter.
    water splashed everywhere
  3. (transitive) to hit or expel liquid at
    The children were splashing each other playfully in the sea.
    When she comes in the door, splash her with perfume.
  4. To create an impact or impression; to print, post or publicize prominently.
    The headline was splashed across newspapers everywhere.
  5. (transitive) To spend (money)
    After pay day I can afford to splash some cash and buy myself a motorbike.
  6. To launch a ship.
    • 1999 David M. Kennedy, "Victory at Sea", Atlantic Monthly, March 1999:
      In the two years following Midway, Japanese shipyards managed to splash only six additional fleet carriers. The United States in the same period added seventeen, along with ten medium carriers and eighty-six escort carriers.

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