- to dash, strike, wash, etc. with a splashing sound; splash
- Archaic to swagger or bluster
Origin of swashechoic
- a body of swift, dashing water; specif., a channel cutting through or behind a sandbank
- a bar washed over by the sea
- the splashing of water or the sound of this
- Archaic a swaggering or blustering person
- 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.
- See uprush.
- a. Swagger or bluster.b. A swaggering or blustering person.
verbswashed, swash·ing, swash·es
- To strike, move, or wash with a splashing sound.
- To swagger.
- To splash (a liquid).
- To splash a liquid against.
Origin of swashProbably imitative
(countable and uncountable, plural swashes)
- The water that washes up on shore after an incoming wave has broken
- (typography) a long, protruding ornamental line or pen stroke found in some typefaces and styles of calligraphy.
- A narrow sound or channel of water lying within a sand bank, or between a sand bank and the shore, or a bar over which the sea washes.
- (architecture) An oval figure, whose mouldings are oblique to the axis of the work.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(third-person singular simple present swashes, present participle swashing, simple past and past participle swashed)
(comparative more swash, superlative most swash)