from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of plash.
  • n. A sound that plashes, as of water.
  • n. The cutting or bending and intertwining the branches of small trees, as in hedges.
  • n. The dashing or sprinkling of colouring matter on the walls of buildings, to imitate granite, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The cutting or bending and intertwining the branches of small trees, as in hedges.
  • n. The dashing or sprinkling of coloring matter on the walls of buildings, to imitate granite, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dabbling in water; a sound of plunging water.
  • n. A mode of repairing or trimming a hedge, by bending down a part of the shoots, cutting them half through near the ground, to render them more pliable, and twisting them among the upright stems, so as to render the whole effective as a fence, and at the same time preserve all the branches alive.
  • n. A surface colored so as to look like granite. See plash, transitive verb, 2.


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  • Mere prose is a practical hashing;
    Poetical style is more dashing.
    A brook's voice is babble
    To the prosaic rabble -
    To the artistic ear it's plashing.

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  • "And it had been a source of keen pleasure to him when, below the delicate line of the violin-part, slender but robust, compact and commanding, he had suddenly become aware of the mass of the piano-part beginning to surge upward in plashing waves of sound, multiform but invisible, smooth yet restless, like the deep blue tumult of the sea, silvered and charmed into a minor key by the moonlight."

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