from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slat of wood, as one in the middle of a chair back.
- n. A smacking or splashing noise.
- adv. With a smacking or splashing noise: landed splat on the floor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The sharp, atonal sound of a liquid or soft solid hitting a solid surface.
- n. The irregular shape of a viscous liquid or soft solid which has hit a solid surface.
- n. The cmd key on an Apple Macintosh.
- n. Various characters appearing in computer character sets, particularly # and *.
- n. The narrow wooden centre piece of a chair back.
- v. To hit a flat surface and deform into an irregular shape.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To split; splay; extend; spread out.
- n. A thin, flat piece of wood; in furniture, a flat piece of wood worked into a back or other part of a frame.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. flatten on impact
- n. a single splash
- v. split open and flatten for cooking
- v. give off the sound of a bullet flattening on impact
- n. a slat of wood in the middle of the back of a straight chair
This is the last week of classes so I am ending with a bang, or rather a "splat" - the class concludes with a great egg toss (one student today managed to successfully catch a raw egg with her face, much to the enjoyment of her peers) and a brief letter (abridged below) I wrote to all my students, concerning what I have learned in China this past year:
"A broadly played clown show full of lowbrow antics, Bong's big splat is itself a sort of monster," suggests J Hoberman in the Voice, "the top grossing movie in South Korean history — and, since it surfaced at Cannes last May, festival audiences having been slurping it down like ramen ....
Multiple System Failure: denying death and how to 'splat'
Ya know how Frogger goes "splat" when he gets run over because you're a dolt and misjudged while playing the game?
There was a "splat" sound, and Gant poured out of the jumpcar.
Apparently, Storm using lightning to "splat" someone isn't considered violent so long as she's not holding a howitzer.
At any rate, The Grudge has atmosphere and shock-value oozing from every frame ... but you find yourself not caring who lives and dies (except for the detective and the smart woman -- who I genuinely hoped would not go "splat" in a choad-like fashion**).
And what happened to your hitchhiking Mars probe can you say "splat"?
Followed by a "splat" which at least meant he hit the vinyl floor.
The bullets swept on with a biting hiss, and some of them terminated their careers with a vicious "splat" against the great overhang of rock or the woodwork of the trestle-built sluices.
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