from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb Washed by the sea.
  • adverb Washing about.
  • adverb In such a position or way as to be covered with or as if with water.
  • adjective Level with or washed by waves.
  • adjective Overflowing with or as if with water.
  • adjective Floating on or as if on waves.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective 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.
  • adjective by extension Covered, overspread.

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

  • adjective covered with water


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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