Main definitions of splat in English

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splat1

noun

  • A piece of thin wood in the centre of a chair back.

    • ‘In the other set, represented by the chair in Plate III, the splat is noticeably thinner and a simple half round decorates the base.’
    • ‘However, cutting away all the wood from the front edge of the splat to this line would have produced too sharp a chamfer.’
    • ‘Almost all chairs with splats of this strapwork design have a deep quarter-round molding above a fillet (although some nonurban examples have no cut molding).’
    • ‘The set is represented by four side chairs and the splat of a fifth.’
    • ‘Also, the maker was content to use the same splat template for both the side chairs and the larger armchair producing a somewhat crowded effect in the backs of the side chairs.’
    • ‘An armchair with a splat of the same shape in the Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, has a history of having been purchased in 1768, which helps date the society's side chair.’
    • ‘Smooth, uncarved expanses - across the front seat rail, the ankles, and strapwork in the splat - punctuate the passages of carving and allow them to be seen as distinct themes.’
    • ‘The splat on the chair in Plate III is significantly thinner than the one on the chair in Plate II, and it is about three-quarters of an inch narrower across the cusps.’
    • ‘The cabriole legs with claw-and-ball feet, shaped splats, and yoke-shape crests echo English designs, but the exuberance of the curvaceous outlines is definitely Mexican.’
    • ‘The lotus blossom and leafage carving on the splat and stay-rail are of a distinctively high quality.’
    • ‘A chair's splat with its vertical grain shrinks from side to side, while the crest, with its horizontal grain, shrinks from top to bottom, causing a minor break in the flow of the design where they meet.’
    • ‘Then, tracing the unique collage, he made a pulp-paper multiple of the same subject, this demanding Wilfer's invention of the soldered grill, to accommodate the curvilinear shapes of the splats.’
    • ‘The Kings also purchased from Chapin a set of six side chairs with claw-and-ball feet and interlacing splats.’
    • ‘Their Gothic strap-work splats with quatrefoil cut-outs in the lower portion indicate their origin in Philadelphia, where this pattern was popular.’
    • ‘An overabundance of small, wormlike volutes worked into the beaded outlines of the splat and crest rails of the Corbit chairs suggest a tentative link to another chair with a Delaware history of ownership.’
    • ‘One of the distinctive characteristics of this chair is the splat.’
    • ‘Unlike the uniformity exhibited within each of the four other sets, the six side chairs in this set display a significant difference in the splat that separates them into two groups of three.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from obsolete splat ‘split up’; related to split.

Pronunciation:

splat

/splat/

Main definitions of splat in English

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splat2

noun

informal
  • A sound of something soft and wet or heavy striking a surface:

    ‘the goblin makes a huge splat as he hits the ground’
    • ‘He landed with a painful splat belly down onto the water's surface.’
    • ‘And then there was a splat; the sound of someone undoubtedly dropping their cheese on toast on the carpet.’
    • ‘A deer in headlights, she turns… and unheeded, the kid sails right past her, hitting the dirt with a splat!’
    • ‘I jumped in shock when I saw a new spit wad fly upwards and stick on the roof with an unattractive splat sound.’
    • ‘My nephew so hated to be kissed that, when they went to his gran's, he would even calculate which side of the car to sit in, so that he could shoot out into the garden while his brothers suffered the hated splat.’
    • ‘It all happened in slow motion as I was waiting for the big splat.’
    • ‘Suddenly, however, the relative tranquility of the forest was broken by a series of panicked screams, followed by several shrieks of pain and a brief unpleasant splat noise.’
    • ‘He listened to her song while the water droplets sprayed from the shower to hit the floor with pinprick splats.’
    • ‘It ran off his coat, hitting the floor with a thick splat.’
    • ‘Olivia leapt forward with a high snap kick, smashing the orange-clothed vampire's head back with a deadly sounding crunch of bone and the sickening splat of boot against flesh.’
    • ‘There was a soft splat as he saw the ball speed off the bat face.’
    • ‘The minute we drove down into the arid plains, swarms of locusts began hitting our windshield with heavy, wet splats.’
    • ‘Darius watched, impressed and entranced, as Sabriel spat at the laughing spy with the utmost of disgust and hatred, the saliva hitting the shield with a wet splat and slowly sliding down it into the grass.’
    • ‘The worst was a hot, wet, slimy splat in my ear that made it burn.’
    • ‘He hit the concrete with a splat and fell to the ground.’
    • ‘Throw it anywhere on the green, and the ball just goes splat and stops.’
    • ‘When its parachutes failed to open, Genesis hit with a 200-miles-per-hour splat.’

adverb

informal
  • With a splat:

    ‘he lands splat on his right elbow’
    • ‘And rather than catching it, she just let it go splat on the floor.’
    • ‘There she goes splat on the asphalt!’
    • ‘I thought I could make it but me being a short ass I didn't make it so fell splat on the concrete.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • 1 Crush or squash with a splat:

    ‘he was splatting a bug’
    • ‘If you must splat people unawares, be it on your own head.’
    • ‘There are two kinds of action games that will never get old: splatting aliens and eviscerating Nazis.’
    • ‘But it's worth a go just to splat Tony Blur, William Vague and Charles Comedy.’
    • ‘One one topical site, MPs’ heads bob up and down in a virtual House of Commons and you are invited to splat them with an egg before they disappear.’
    • ‘Lake District National Park Authority staff are gearing up to count splatted insects on their car number plates this month, as part of the RSPB's Big Bug Count.’
    • ‘They're all over our solar system, they're in interstellar clouds, and there's every reason to think that they're smeared and splatted all over the universe.’
    • ‘It may offend our species' sense of self-importance, but when a thunking great hunk of rock comes hurtling out of space, to splat this planet like an egg, it is time to admit gracefully that our number is up.’
    • ‘Zipped up in a full-body Velcro suit, eighth-grader Alla Kocheryan volunteered to demonstrate the concept of inertia by splatting herself against a Velcro wall.’
    • ‘‘There will be clowning, dancing, performing animals, sound and lighting effects, egg splatting, a touch of magic and a truckload of mischief,’ says director Kim Hardwick.’
    • ‘There's some new bug out there, and I want to splat it and get out of here.’
    • ‘But one day when he is hard at work splatting the aliens on the screen, they start talking back to him.’
    • ‘‘Many were astonished by how few insects they splatted,’ said survey co-ordinator Richard Bashford.’
    squash, squeeze, press, compress
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    1. 1.1[no object] Land or be squashed with a splat:
      ‘the cuckoo will roll out the eggs and watch them splat on the ground’
      • ‘A single wad of paper, sticky with the residue of a colored hand-creme, soared through the air before splatting against the back window.’
      • ‘He threw his hands up in the air, and a piece of meat shot out of his hand and across the room, splatting against the wall.’
      • ‘Blood splatted back on to Rachekls face and clothes as she lowered the sword.’
      • ‘Looking at the meat, it doesn't appear too dirty, even after splatting on the floor like it did.’
      • ‘Yeah, right - as if a real Detroiter cared that a flying cephalopod mollusk splatted against Boom Boom Geoffrion's delicate brow.’
      • ‘Adam splatted onto the upslope of the roof with Joe right on top of him.’
      • ‘As it was I was spared splatting straight into the ground by the fortuitous placement of a barbed wire fence.’
      • ‘It splats against your ears like the spineless sea creatures that crawl across its back cover.’
      • ‘Hot blood splashed her face and sweater as she heard a disgusting splatting noise when the bullet collided with his head.’
      • ‘If the miner falls more than his own height, he splats into the ground, his messy remains covered by his helmet.’
      • ‘It hit the floor with an ignoble splatting sound, and they both stared at it.’
      • ‘I hope to all the goddesses I'm dreaming, because an ogre is currently jumping up on my head and then splatting down as hard as it can.’
      • ‘A tear surprised her when it splatted into her lap.’
      • ‘It splatted white and yellow just to the right of me.’
      • ‘They throw them hard enough to splat against the wall, so if they were to hit you, it would definitely make you close that door, which is what they want you to do.’
      • ‘It cracked a fist-sized hole in the egg-shaped tower and continued on to splat wetly, electrically, onto Ayane's back.’

Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation of splatter.

Pronunciation:

splat

/splat/