1A sound produced by liquid striking something or being struck.
- Steve heard the rasp of oar-locks and the faint plash of a leisurely moving boat.
- The whole picture reverberates with the rustle and ripple and bank-caught plash of water.
- The snorting of the horse, the plash of hooves in the stream, the light above a dark ridge line, the twitter of birds and insects in the brush, almost (but not quite) transcend the Hollywood platitudes.
1.1A pool or puddle.
- I ride fast trying to avoid water and deep muddy plashes.
- Carefully picking his way through the sodden hillocks of grass, rather deep plashes and large stones strewn over the landscape, he soon noticed that his horse had wandered back and was taking an interest in his movements.
verb[no object] Back to top
1.1 [with object] Strike the surface of (water) with a splashing sound.
- As he became more awake, his senses became alert to another sound; that of gurgling, plashing water.
- The gravity of the situation made us look in silence, nothing heard but the plashing of the water against the boat.
- Chris plashed the water with his hand.
early 16th century: probably imitative.
- Example sentences
- Manga's familiar marks - the ramjet speed lines, the plashy globular peepers, the buckets of gore, - are merely the crumbs of an old and highly developed art form.
- The plashy fens of the pathogen are a fertile habitat for flat-footed doom-mongers.
- This work (which was used without acknowledgement by A. Wood) is the source of many well-known anecdotes, such as that of Ralegh laying his cloak for the queen in ‘a plashy place’.
verb[with object] archaic
1Bend and interweave (branches and twigs) to form a hedge.
- When hawthorn, blackthorn or firethorn were plashed in a hedge, they formed a difficult defensive hedge that acted as an obstacle to an attacking force.
- Osage orange and some other plants are plashed; that is, the plants are set at an angle rather than perpendicularly, and they are wired together obliquely in such a way that they make an impenetrable barrier just above the surface of the ground.
1.1Make or renew (a hedge) by bending and interweaving branches and twigs.
- If livestock containment was the priority, this usually meant that the hedge would be laid or plashed every 5 to 10 (or even 20) years, in order to reduce its overall bulk and increase its density.
- It had been strongly plashed in the past February, and was stiff and stout.