a thin, flat piece of wood, esp. as used in the back of a chair
Origin: via dialect, dialectal from base of split
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
(used to suggest) a splattering or wet, slapping sound
- to make such a sound
- to flatten on impact
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A slat of wood, as one in the middle of a chair back.
Origin: Perhaps from Middle English splatten, to split open, perhaps from Medieval Latin splattāre, of Low German origin.
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A smacking or splashing noise. adverb
With a smacking or splashing noise: landed splat on the floor.
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