Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Then, while he was still listening to the unfamiliar echo of his own voice, he heard just behind him a _splash, splash, splash_, and his left arm jerked itself spasmodically from beneath his breast, the hand simultaneously touching a substance that was hard, cold, and slimy.

    Adventures in Many Lands

  • The alarm was taken by half a dozen more, and by the time the two boys were afoot and had seized their weapons -- _splash, splash, splash_!

    Cormorant Crag A Tale of the Smuggling Days

  • _Splash, splash, splash_, and then the dog's progress seemed to be checked, as the boys followed into a pool of water which filled all the tunnel to the sides.

    Sappers and Miners The Flood beneath the Sea

  • "I also have an anti-glare screen I can attach to my LCD monitor, which I call my splash guard," admitted Jenny.

    The Toque

  • To that, I say: Even a form "splash" is better than no "splash" at all.

    Denny Dressman: The Decline of Common Courtesy

  • Some stripped off scarves and tunics to let the rain splash their bare skin.

    The Grace of the Foolish « A Fly in Amber

  • Oh, and one other major difference between THE THIRSTY and MURDER MOON was building in splash pages.

    Strangeways – Behind the Scenes – 04 | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment

  • On a dull day at Number 26, amid lawn mowers wailing and the splash from the backyard pool, I could be invited to a coronation, a funeral or become the holder of a deadly secret.

    The Lure of the Page « Write Anything

  • “In our viral era, making a media splash is more valuable than publication,” says Markides A self confessed recovering luddite, he is throwing everything at this project in terms of what is available for free on the internet – utilising the power of cross platform presence and participation.

    The New Spin on Reality TV « Write Anything

  • The agony of the wretch I did not fully realize until the steward, his bare fore-arms sprayed by the splash from the ventilator slats, suddenly felt the bite of the acid through his tight, whole skin and made a mad rush for the water-barrel at the corner of the house.

    CHAPTER XLIX

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