Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A structure that protects the upper part of a vehicle from splashes of mud.
  • n. Nautical A screen on a boat to keep water from splashing onto the deck.
  • n. A board for closing a spillway or sluice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A guard towards the front of a vehicle, to prevent splashing by mud or water from the road.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A guard in the front part of vehicle, to prevent splashing by a mud or water from the horse's heels; -- in the United States commonly called dashboard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A guard of wood, or an iron frame covered with leather, in front of a wheeled vehicle or a sleigh, to protect the occupants from the splashing of the horses' feet; a dash-board or dasher.
  • n. A kind of screen raised above the deck-line or bulwark-rail, to prevent water from coming on deck owing to a low freeboard or a swell.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. protective covering consisting of a broad plank along a gunwale to keep water from splashing over the side
  • n. protective covering consisting of a panel to protect people from the splashing water or mud etc.

Etymologies

splash +‎ board (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He takes a rein in each hand; jerks and pulls at both; and dances on the splashboard with both feet (keeping his seat, of course) like the late lamented

    American Notes for General Circulation

  • Jack Cardigan had broken a splashboard, so far as one could make out, and would not be

    To Let

  • Polly sat on her trunk by the splashboard; and Tilly, crowded out, rode in on one of the cart-horses, a coloured bed-quilt pinned round her waist to protect her skirts.

    Australia Felix

  • “What have you got in there?” asked Vassili of one waggoner who was dangling his legs lazily over the splashboard of his conveyance and flicking his whip about as he gazed at us with a stolid, vacant look; but he only made answer when we were too far off to catch what he said.

    Boyhood

  • At the highest ecstacy of speed, Sunday turned round on the splashboard where he stood, and sticking his great grinning head out of the cab, with white hair whistling in the wind, he made a horrible face at his pursuers, like some colossal urchin.

    The Man Who Was Thursday

  • Finally her husband, knowing that she liked to drive out, picked up a second-hand dogcart, which, with new lamps and splashboard in striped leather, looked almost like a tilbury.

    Madame Bovary

  • On the other side of Trotsky´s narrow kitchen is a porcelain wash basin and lead splashboard over which a few ramshackle shelves display the same talavera crockery from Dolores Hidalgo we´d bought years ago to stock our own cocina.

    Trotsky's Ghost

  • Grange, and looking about him with great fear, and trembling for the appearance of this irrepressible "Spring-heel Jack," suddenly heard a loud noise over his head, and the next instant something descended with such force on his shoulders as to send his pipe flying over the splashboard, and himself nearly after it.

    The Mysteries of All Nations Rise and Progress of Superstition, Laws Against and Trials of Witches, Ancient and Modern Delusions Together With Strange Customs, Fables, and Tales

  • An 'beside him on the splashboard sat a brindled tarrier pup,

    Poems of To-Day: an Anthology

  • In fine weather the passenger, with a view to less discomfort, usually sits on the splashboard with his back rubbing against the hind-quarters of the pony or mule and his feet dangling in front of the wheel, which plays on to them a continuous stream of dirt and dust.

    Life and sport in China Second Edition

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