from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To propel or scatter (a fluid) about in flying masses.
- transitive v. To scatter fluid onto in flying masses; wet, stain, or soil with flying fluid.
- transitive v. To cause (something) to scatter fluid in flying masses: splashed their hands in the water.
- transitive v. To make (one's way) with or by scattering of fluid.
- transitive v. To apply patches or spots of a contrasting, usually bright, color to: a floral pattern that was splashed with pink; moonlight splashing the deserted courtyard.
- transitive v. To display or publicize very noticeably: Their engagement was splashed all over the tabloids.
- intransitive v. To cause a fluid to scatter in flying masses: splashed about in the swimming pool.
- intransitive v. To fall into or move through fluid with this effect: We splashed through the waves.
- intransitive v. To move, spill, or fly about in scattered masses: Whipped cream splashed onto the counter.
- intransitive v. To produce a sound or sight associated with this effect.
- n. The act or sound of splashing: went for a splash in the lake; heard the splash of the fish being thrown back.
- n. A flying mass of fluid.
- n. A small amount, especially of a fluid: a splash of liqueur on the cake.
- n. A marking produced by or as if by scattered fluid: a splash of light.
- n. A great though often short-lived impression; a stir: a publicity splash.
- splash down To land in water. Used of a spacecraft or missile.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The sound made by an object hitting a liquid.
- n. A small amount of liquid
- n. A small amount (of color)
- n. A mark or stain made from a small amount a liquid
- n. An impact or impression.
- v. To hit or agitate liquid so that part of it separates from the principal liquid mass.
- v. To disperse a fluid suddenly; to splatter.
- v. to hit or expel liquid at
- v. To create an impact or impression; to print, post or publicize prominently.
- v. To spend (money)
- v. To launch a ship.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To strike and dash about, as water, mud, etc.; to plash.
- transitive v. To spatter water, mud, etc., upon; to wet.
- intransitive v. To strike and dash about water, mud, etc.; to dash in such a way as to spatter.
- n. Water, or water and dirt, thrown upon anything, or thrown from a puddle or the like; also, a spot or daub, as of matter which wets or disfigures.
- n. A noise made by striking upon or in a liquid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To spatter or bespatter, as with water, water and mud, or any other liquid.
- To dash or throw about in splotches: as, to splash dirty water on one.
- To accomplish with splashing or plashing.
- To ornament with splashed decoration.
- To dabble or spatter about in water or other liquid; dash or spatter water about.
- To fall with or make a plashing sound.
- n. Water or other liquid thrown upon anything.
- n. A noise or effect as from water or mud thrown up or dashed about.
- n. A spot of dirt or other discoloring or disfiguring matter; a blot; a daub.
- n. A spot or plash of color strongly differing from the surrounding color, as on the hide of a horse, cow, or other animal.
- n. A complexion-powder, generally the finest rice-flour, used by women to whiten their necks and faces.
- n. A shad-wash.
- In lumbering, to drive (logs) by releasing a head of water confined by a splash-dam.
- n. A bird-fanciers' name for an elongate spot of color.
- n. A dash; a show; display.
- Dashing; ostentatious; extravagant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. soil or stain with a splashed liquid
- n. the act of scattering water about haphazardly
- v. dash a liquid upon or against
- n. a patch of bright color
- n. a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event
- v. mark or overlay with patches of contrasting color or texture; cause to appear splashed or spattered
- n. a small quantity of something moist or liquid
- v. cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force
- v. walk through mud or mire
- n. the sound like water splashing
- n. the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surface
- v. strike and dash about in a liquid
- v. make a splashing sound
Probably alteration of plash.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(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. (Wiktionary)