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
Perhaps from Middle English splatten, to split open, perhaps from Medieval Latin splattāre, of Low German origin.
Imitative.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)