Definitions

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

  • adv. Washed by the sea.
  • adv. Washing about.
  • adv. In such a position or way as to be covered with or as if with water.
  • adj. Level with or washed by waves.
  • adj. Overflowing with or as if with water: "Some of America's big cities are awash in vacant office space” ( Ross K. Baker).
  • adj. Floating on or as if on waves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Washed by the waves or tide; said of a rock or strip of shore, or of an anchor, etc., when flush with the surface of the water, so that the waves break over it.
  • adj. Covered, overspread.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Washed by the waves or tide; -- said of a rock or strip of shore
  • adj. Abounding; filled; covered; -- used mostly with in or with, in phrases such as “stores awash with customers”.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Just level with or emerging from the surface of the water, so that the waves break over it, as wreckage, or an anchor when hove up to the surface, or rock, spit, or bank just appearing above the water.
  • Covered with water; kept wet: as, the decks were constantly awash.
  • Washing about; tossed about by the waves.

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

  • adj. covered with water

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Examples

  • When running "awash" -- that is, with a small part of their upper works above water, they are driven by a gasoline engine at a speed of over 10 miles an hour.

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  • Kennedy skillfully evokes the atmosphere of an edgy defeated Germany and that of a victorious Britain awash in disappointment and disillusion, but she is at her best when conveying the turmoil inside her protagonist’s mind.

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  • According to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report, the global mining sector has been "awash" in merger-and-acquisition announcements this year, setting 2010 on a course to match peak 2007 levels.

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  • I used to feel kind of awash in fake-standards, but now, I feel very good about the tools that are out there, waiting to be used for creating records for born-digital items.

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  • The congressional group's report said China is 'awash' in pirated goods.

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  • On a majority of the maps of the sixteenth century there were islands on Mouchoir, and on Silver Banks, where now are rocks "awash;" and the Dutch and the Severn Shoals, which lay to the east, have disappeared.

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  • But it wouldn't hurt to throw in at least a sentence noting that despite modern societies being "awash" in chemicals, childhood cancer rates aren't showing much change and overall mortality rates continue their long-term decline.

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  • Antiques markets across Britain 'awash' with illegal ivory despite international trade ban

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  • He added thatthe south of France was "awash" with drugs at the time.

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  • The U.S. is "awash" in natural gas, thanks to new drilling techniques that make gas locked in shale formations cheaper to recover, Pickens told the House Ways and Means

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  • Sounds kind of moist. ;-)

    September 12, 2007

  • I love this word!

    In fact, I'm awash with love for this word! :P

    September 12, 2007