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1A splashing sound:‘the plash of the fountain’
- ‘Certain tribes of the North American Indians have been similarly fascinated by the loud plash of water, to the beauty of which we have alluded before’
- ‘Simply the gentle tones of a flute, the plash of running water and the breathy ululations of the artist's own voice.’
- ‘It was true sunshine; the true music; the true plash of the fountains from the mouth of stone dolphins.’
2A pool or puddle.
- ‘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.’
- ‘I ride fast trying to avoid water and deep muddy plashes.’
1 Make a splashing sound:‘the oars plashed in the silence’
swash, wash, break, lapView synonyms
- ‘Later there appear to be glass jars tinkling, the soft plashing of paint molecules expelled by industrial sprayguns - perhaps the machine is being coated with a durable finish.’
- ‘In the rainy months, a symphony of leaks puddled her floor, though she never cared, plashing through, with a duck's insouciance.’
- ‘Hunger and weariness vanished, and only after the sun was low in the west I plashed on through the swamp, strong and exhilarated as if never more to feel any mortal care.’
- 1.1[with object] Strike the surface of (water) with a splashing sound:‘the summer rain, That … plashed the azure of the river's flow’
splash, wash, swish, slap, slosh, break, purlView synonyms
- ‘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.
1 Bend down and interweave (branches and twigs) to form a hedge.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 Make 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.’
Late 15th century: from Old French plaissier, based on Latin plectere to plait. Compare with pleach.
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