from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A splash of water or other liquid hitting a solid surface.
- noun The sound of such a splash.
- noun A narrow channel through which tides flow.
- noun A bar over which waves wash freely.
- noun Swagger or bluster.
- noun A swaggering or blustering person.
- intransitive verb To strike, move, or wash with a splashing sound.
- intransitive verb To swagger.
- intransitive verb To splash (a liquid).
- intransitive verb To splash a liquid against.
from The Century Dictionary.
- 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
- noun A dashing or splashing of water; splash.
- noun Liquid filth; wash; hogwash.
- noun A narrow sound or channel of water lying within a sand-bank, or between that and the shore. Also swash channel, swashway.
- noun A low coast-belt or tract of country covered with mangroves, and liable to be submerged or inundated at certain seasons.
- noun A blustering noise; a vaporing.
- noun A roaring blade; a swaggerer; a swasher.
- noun In architecture, an oval figure formed by moldings which are placed obliquely to the axis of the work.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Arch.) An oval figure, whose moldings are oblique to the axis of the work.
- noun (Mach.) a revolving circular plate, set obliquely on its shaft, and acting as a cam to give a reciprocating motion to a rod in a direction parallel to the shaft.
- intransitive verb To dash or flow noisily, as water; to splash.
- intransitive verb obsolete To fall violently or noisily.
- intransitive verb To bluster; to make a great noise; to vapor or brag.
- adjective Prov. Eng. Soft, like fruit too ripe; swashy.
- noun Impulse of water flowing with violence; a dashing or splashing of water.
- noun 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.
- noun obsolete Liquid filth; wash; hog mash.
- noun obsolete A blustering noise; a swaggering behavior.
- noun A swaggering fellow; a swasher.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The water that washes up on
shoreafter an incoming wavehas broken
- noun typography a long, protruding ornamental line or pen stroke found in some
typefacesand styles of calligraphy.
- noun A narrow
soundor channelof water lying within a sand bank, or between a sand bank and the shore, or a barover which the sea washes.
- noun obsolete Liquid
filth; wash; hog mash.
- noun obsolete A
- noun obsolete
- noun obsolete A
swaggeringfellow; a swasher.
- verb intransitive To swagger
- verb intransitive To splash
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb make violent, noisy movements
- noun the movement or sound of water
- verb act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word swash.
The water that rushes up the beach is called the swash while any water returning down to the sea is the backwash.
A pathway of earth thirty feet in width could not endure the winds and waves of a navigable lake, or the wear and "swash" of a canal twelve feet deep on either side; and the fact that Cortéz navigated the ditches in the rainy season establishes the insignificant size of his famous brigantines.
Mexico and its Religion With Incidents of Travel in That Country During Parts of the Years 1851-52-53-54, and Historical Notices of Events Connected With Places Visited
The feeble "swash" that answered the shake was not reassuring.
The hunter listens, and when the moose lifts his head and the rills of water run from it, and he hears him "swash" the lily roots about to get off the mud, it is his time to start.
Macarthy – switching from truculence to triumphalism as fast as the cockiest small boy; buckling a fine swash for the children in the audience; offering adult eyes a suggestion of pathos, of knowing that he is trapped in a dream yet still bewitched by its promise of "fun" – certainly has something to crow about.
The bow plunged down, just missing me and sending a swash of water clear over my head.
That removed a huge swash of what I'd normally use as the sound design palette for that place.
Movies: Ann Hornaday on use of sound effects in 'Secretariat' and other films
It was a dreary enough day, no sun, with occasional splatters of rain and a persistent crash of seas over the weather rail and swash of water across the deck.
Delvin fumbled at the terminal, and a swash of cold water splashed over us, flooding the ground.
365 tomorrows » 2009 » February : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day
In the light sweet crude swash of diesel, stoplights streaking straightaway, from neon.
yarb commented on the word swash
Crones crawl through hurled swash -
Gandhis, Oxfam ads.
- Peter Reading, Travelogue, from Nothing for Anyone, 1977
June 26, 2008
yarb commented on the word swash
"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
maryw commented on the word swash
Homer Hickam, Carrying Albert Home (New York: HarperCollins, 2015), p. 219 (setting: South Carolina coast)
June 29, 2020