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An upright surface or border, as of tile, that protects the wall behind a sink or stove.
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1. (Architecture) any tiled area by, for example, a sink, cooker or bath to prevent damage to a wall by food or water splashes
2. rowing the water that splashes towards the bow of a rowing boat when an oar hits the water
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paneling, as that behind a kitchen countertop, to protect against splashed liquids.
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