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a. A splash of water or other liquid hitting a solid surface.
b. The sound of such a splash.
a. The washing of water over an expanse of sand, as after a wave breaks on a beach.
b. Southeastern US A tidal channel forming a break in a beach, barrier island, or sandbar.
3. See uprush.
a. Swagger or bluster.
b. A swaggering or blustering person.
v. swashed, swash·ing, swash·es
1. To strike, move, or wash with a splashing sound.
2. To swagger.
1. To splash (a liquid).
2. To splash a liquid against.
1. (intr) (esp of water or things in water) to wash or move with noisy splashing
2. (tr) to dash (a liquid, esp water) against or upon
3. (intr) archaic to swagger or bluster
4. Also called: send the dashing movement or sound of water, such as that of waves on a beach. Compare backwash
5. any other swashing movement or sound
6. (Physical Geography) a sandbar washed by the waves
7. (Physical Geography) Also called: swash channel a channel of moving water cutting through or running behind a sandbank
a. swagger or bluster
b. a swashbuckler
[C16: probably of imitative origin]
1. to splash, as things in water, or as water does.
2. to dash around, as things in violent motion.
3. to swagger.v.t.
4. to dash (water or other liquid) around, down, etc.n.
5. the surging or dashing of water, waves, etc.
6. a channel of water through or behind a sandbank.
7. a swagger; swaggering gait or movement.
[1520–30; of expressive orig.]
Past participle: swashed
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|Noun||1.||swash - the movement or sound of water; "the swash of waves on the beach"|
|Verb||1.||swash - make violent, noisy movements|
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
|2.||swash - dash a liquid upon or against; "The mother splashed the baby's face with water"|
puddle - make a puddle by splashing water
slosh around, slush around, slush, slosh - spill or splash copiously or clumsily; "slosh paint all over the walls"
|3.||swash - show off |
puff - speak in a blustering or scornful manner; "A puffing kind of man"
exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, overstate, amplify, magnify, overdraw - to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"
|4.||swash - act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner|