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

  • n. A splash of water or other liquid hitting a solid surface.
  • n. The sound of such a splash.
  • n. A narrow channel through which tides flow.
  • n. A bar over which waves wash freely.
  • n. See uprush.
  • n. Swagger or bluster.
  • n. A swaggering or blustering person.
  • intransitive v. To strike, move, or wash with a splashing sound.
  • intransitive v. To swagger.
  • transitive v. To splash (a liquid).
  • transitive v. To splash a liquid against.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The water that washes up on shore after an incoming wave has broken
  • n. a long, protruding ornamental line or pen stroke found in some typefaces and styles of calligraphy.
  • n. A narrow sound or channel of water lying within a sand bank, or between a sand bank and the shore, or a bar over which the sea washes.
  • n. Liquid filth; wash; hog mash.
  • n. A blustering noise.
  • n. swaggering behaviour.
  • n. A swaggering fellow; a swasher.
  • v. To swagger
  • v. To splash

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Soft, like fruit too ripe; swashy.
  • n. An oval figure, whose moldings are oblique to the axis of the work.
  • n. Impulse of water flowing with violence; a dashing or splashing of water.
  • n. A narrow sound or channel of water lying within a sand bank, or between a sand bank and the shore, or a bar over which the sea washes.
  • n. Liquid filth; wash; hog mash.
  • n. A blustering noise; a swaggering behavior.
  • n. A swaggering fellow; a swasher.
  • intransitive v. To dash or flow noisily, as water; to splash.
  • intransitive v. To fall violently or noisily.
  • intransitive v. To bluster; to make a great noise; to vapor or brag.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To spill or splash water about; dash or flow noisily; splash.
  • To fall violently or noisily.
  • To bluster; make a great noise; make a show of valor; vapor; brag.
  • To dash about violently; strike violently.
  • Soft; watery, like fruit too ripe. Also swashy.
  • See swash-letters.
  • n. A dashing or splashing of water; splash.
  • n. Liquid filth; wash; hogwash.
  • n. A narrow sound or channel of water lying within a sand-bank, or between that and the shore. Also swash channel, swashway.
  • n. A low coast-belt or tract of country covered with mangroves, and liable to be submerged or inundated at certain seasons.
  • n. A blustering noise; a vaporing.
  • n. A roaring blade; a swaggerer; a swasher.
  • n. In architecture, an oval figure formed by moldings which are placed obliquely to the axis of the work.

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

  • v. make violent, noisy movements
  • n. the movement or sound of water
  • v. act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner
  • v. dash a liquid upon or against
  • v. show off

Etymologies

Probably imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "Blast the boat! let it go!" cried Stubb at this instant, as a swashing sea heaved up under his own little craft so that its gunwale violently jammed his hand, as he was passing a lashing.

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 119

    July 31, 2008

  • Crones crawl through hurled swash -
    Gandhis, Oxfam ads.

    - Peter Reading, Travelogue, from Nothing for Anyone, 1977

    June 26, 2008