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

  • n. A light splash.
  • n. The sound of a light splash.
  • transitive v. To spatter (liquid) about; splash.
  • intransitive v. To cause a light splash.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small pool of standing water; a puddle.
  • n. A splash, or the sound made by a splash.
  • n. The branch of a tree partly cut or bent, and bound to, or intertwined with, other branches.
  • v. To splash.
  • v. To cause a splash.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small pool of standing water; a puddle.
  • n. A dash of water; a splash.
  • n. The branch of a tree partly cut or bent, and bound to, or intertwined with, other branches.
  • intransitive v. To dabble in water; to splash.
  • transitive v. To splash, as water.
  • transitive v. To splash or sprinkle with coloring matter.
  • transitive v. To cut partly, or to bend and intertwine the branches of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dabble in water; also, to fall with a dabbling sound; splash.
  • To splash water or mud.
  • To make a splashing noise in.
  • To sprinkle with coloring matter so as to produce an imitation of granite: as, to plash a wall.
  • To bend down and interweave the branches or twigs of: as, to plash a hedge.
  • To bend down a branch.
  • n. A small collection of standing water; a puddle; a pool.
  • n. A sudden downpour of water; a sudden dash or splash: as, a plash of rain.
  • n. A flash; a spot (of light).
  • n. A splash or splashing sound.
  • n. A branch of a tree partly cut or lopped, and then bent down and bound to other branches.

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

  • v. dash a liquid upon or against
  • n. the sound like water splashing
  • v. interlace the shoots of


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

Possibly from Middle English plashe, pool of water, from Old English plæsc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Possibly from Middle English plashe ("puddle"), from Old English plæsc. Compare the German platschen.


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  • Noun form is plashoot.

    March 22, 2008