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A splash.
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Etymology

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Probably an alteration of plash (compare spatter, spill for the initial s-).

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /splæʃ/
  • Audio (US):(file)
  • Rhymes: -æʃ

Noun

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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 I put up my hood.
    I felt a splash of water on my leg as the car drove into the nearby puddle.
    • 2014 August 17 (last accessed), Chris Morrison, “recipe, Grilled fillet of halibut and langoustine tails with smoked haddock risotto and shellfish froth”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name)[1], archived from the original on 7 July 2013:
      Add the tomato purée and cook for a further 4-5 minutes. Add a splash of whisky to the pan, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to deglaze.
  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 of 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.
  6. (computing, informal) A splash screen.
    • 2008, Ron Carswell, Heidi Webb, Guide to Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 and Virtual Server 2005:
      When the splash appears with Please wait, wait for Windows to start configuration.
  7. (wrestling) A body press; a move where the wrestler jumps forward from a raised platform such as the top turnbuckle, landing stomach first across an opponent lying on the ground below.
  8. (dated) A cosmetic powder to whiten the complexion.
  9. (journalism) A large, prominent headline or article.
    • 2006, Bob Franklin, Local Journalism and Local Media: Making the Local News:
      So for a local newspaper, a splash on a fatal crash is just the first of a series of reports.
    • 2019, Victoria Hoffarth, When Turtles Come Home, page 69:
      After the brouhaha and the newspaper headline splashes, each of these contentious items would simply die its own quiet death to be replaced by a newer scandal: []
  10. (military, slang) The shooting down of an aircraft over water.
    • 2010, Robin L. Rielly, Kamikaze Attacks of World War II, page 267:
      Hits were observed, but again the poor functioning of VT ammunition hindered in effecting a splash.
  11. (MLE, slang) The bleeding caused by a knife wound.
    • 2020 July 2, “Stop Check”, Td of TPL (lyrics)‎[2], 1:52–1:56:
      Jojo caught up and gave him a splash
      Slap that wap, get rid of them plats
  12. (MLE, slang) A knife.
    Synonyms: splasher, jooka ~ jooker, nank, shank, bassy, rambo, pokey, chete, ying
    • 2021 August 13, #CO CMoney (lyrics and music), “Don’t Ask”, 2:51–2:53:
      You grip your splash for fashion—me and you, we ain’t got the same intentions.

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Verb

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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.
    • 1978 April 8, Eric Rogers, “Speaking Out”, in Gay Community News, page 5:
      The March 5, 1978 issue of National Reader [] contained an exciting front page headline -- "Most Major Hollywood Stars Are Gay or Bisexual!!!!" Splashed on the cover are photos of Rock Hudson, Shaun and David Cassidy, [] and, last but not least, Lily Tomlin.
    • 2012, Taylor Swift (lyrics and music), “The Lucky One”, in Red (Taylor's Version)[3], published 2021:
      Now it's big black cars and Riviera views / And your lover in the foyer doesn't even know you / And your secrets end up splashed on the news front page
  5. (transitive) To spend (money).
    After pay day I can afford to splash some cash and buy myself a motorbike.
  6. (figurative) To roughly fill with color.
    • 2021 July 6, Phil McNulty, “Italy beat Spain on penalties: 'Pure theatre as Italy present formidable obstacle in final'”, in BBC Sport[4]:
      This was pure theatre, with a 60,000 crowd at Wembley adding colour to the fight to face either England or Denmark in Sunday's final, the stadium splashed with the red of Spain at one end and the victorious blue of Italy at the other as crowds flocked back in ever bigger numbers after pandemic restrictions were lifted.
  7. (transitive, nautical) To launch a ship.
    • 1999 March, David M. Kennedy, "Victory at Sea": Atlantic Monthly:
      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.
  8. (military, slang) To shoot down (an aircraft) over water.
    • 2010, Robin L. Rielly, Kamikaze Attacks of World War II, page 234:
      Planes were sighted at about 5000 yards, fire was opened at 4500 yards; the first plane was splashed about 1800 yards from the ship, the second was splashed about 3000 yards from the ship and rudder shifted to hard right.
  9. (transitive, MLE) To stab (a person), causing them to bleed.
    • 2017 October 18, “Panic”, Knockoutned (lyrics), performed by #Moscow17 Ruth x Knockoutned:
      Grab him, don't panic, rambo under my jacket
      Nap him, splash him, then I'm petrol bath my jacket

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Portuguese

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Etymology

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Borrowed from English splash.

Pronunciation

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  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /isˈplɛʃ/, /esˈplɛʃ/, /isˈplɛ.ʃi/, /esˈplɛ.ʃi/
    • (Rio de Janeiro) IPA(key): /iʃˈplɛʃ/, /eʃˈplɛʃ/, /iʃˈplɛ.ʃi/, /eʃˈplɛ.ʃi/
    • (Southern Brazil) IPA(key): /esˈplɛʃ/, /esˈplɛ.ʃe/

Interjection

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splash

  1. (onomatopoeia) splash
    Synonyms: chuá, tchibum