Dash vs Splash - What's the difference?

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Dash is a synonym of splash.

In lang=en terms the difference between dash and splash

is that dash is to complete hastily, usually with down'' or ''off while splash is to spend (money).

As nouns the difference between dash and splash

is that dash is (typography) any of the following symbols: (''horizontal bar ) while splash is (onomatopoeia) the sound made by an object hitting a liquid.

As verbs the difference between dash and splash

is that dash is to run quickly or for a short distance while splash is to hit or agitate liquid so that part of it separates from the principal liquid mass.

As an interjection dash

is (euphemistic) damn!.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • (typography) Any of the following symbols: (''horizontal bar ).
  • sometimes dash'' is also used colloquially to refer to a ''hyphen'' or ''minus sign .
  • A short run.
  • A small quantity of a liquid substance; less than 1/8 of a teaspoon.
  • Add a dash of vinegar
  • Vigor.
  • Aren't we full of dash this morning?
  • A dashboard.
  • * 1955 , edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 31:
  • The dash clock said 2:38 when.
  • One of the two symbols of Morse code.
  • (Nigeria) A bribe or gratuity.
  • * 1992 , George B. N. Ayittey, Africa betrayed (page 44)
  • The traditional practice of offering gifts or "dash " to chiefs has often been misinterpreted by scholars to provide a cultural explanation for the pervasive incidence of bribery and corruption in modern Africa.
  • * 2006 , Adiele Eberechukwu Afigbo, The Abolition of the Slave Trade in Southeastern Nigeria, 1885-1950 (page 99)
  • Writing in 1924 on a similar situation in Ugep, the political officer, Mr. S. T. Harvey noted: "In the old days there was no specified dowry but merely dashes given to the father-in-law
  • * 2008 , Lizzie Williams, Nigeria: The Bradt Travel Guide (page 84)
  • The only other times you'll be asked for a dash is from beggars.
  • (obsolete, euphemistic) A stand-in for a censored word, like "Devil" or "damn". (Compare deuce.)
  • * 1824 , "Kiddywinkle History, No. II", Blackwood's Magazine (15, May 1824) p. 540
  • I'll be dashed if I gan another step for less 'an oaf.
  • * 1853 , (William Makepeace Thackery), (The Newcomes)'', Chapter VI, serialized in ''Harper's New Monthly Magazine , (VIII, no. 43, Dec 1853) p. 118
  • Sir Thomas looks as if to ask what the dash is that to you! but wanting still to go to India again, and knowing how strong the Newcomes are in Leadenhall Street, he thinks it necessary to be civil to the young cub, and swallows his pride once more into his waistband.
  • *:Comment : Some editions leave this passage out. Of those that include it, some change the 'you!' to 'you?'.
  • * 1884 , (Lord Robert Gower), My Reminiscences'', reprinted in "The Evening Lamp", ''The Christian Union , (29) 22, (May 29, 1884) p. 524
  • Who the dash' is this person whom none of us know? and what the ' dash does he do here?
  • * 1939 , , (Uncle Fred in the Springtime) Chapter 8
  • I'll be dashed if I squash in with any domestic staff.


    * See also


    * punctuation mark

    Derived terms

    * dashing * dash off * em dash, en dash

    See also



  • To run quickly or for a short distance.
  • He dashed across the field.
  • (informal) To leave or depart.
  • I have to dash now. See you soon.
  • To destroy by striking (against).
  • He dashed the bottle against the bar and turned about to fight.
  • * 1897 , (Bram Stoker), (Dracula) Chapter 21
  • "`Silence! If you make a sound I shall take him and dash his brains out before your very eyes.'
  • * 1912 : (Edgar Rice Burroughs), (Tarzan of the Apes), Chapter 4
  • Kala was the youngest mate of a male called Tublat, meaning broken nose, and the child she had seen dashed to death was her first; for she was but nine or ten years old.
  • To throw violently.
  • The man was dashed from the vehicle during the accident.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • If you dash a stone against a stone in the bottom of the water, it maketh a sound.
  • To sprinkle; to splatter.
  • * Thomson
  • On each hand the gushing waters play, / And down the rough cascade all dashing fall.
  • (of hopes or dreams) To ruin; to destroy.
  • Her hopes were dashed when she saw the damage.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 13 , author=Sam Lyon , title=Borussia Dortmund 1 - 1 Arsenal , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Arsenal's hopes of starting their Champions League campaign with an away win were dashed when substitute Ivan Perisic's superb late volley rescued a point for Borussia Dortmund.}}
  • To dishearten; to sadden.
  • Her thoughts were dashed to melancholy.
  • To complete hastily, usually with down'' or ''off .
  • He dashed''' down his eggs'', ''she '''dashed off her homework
  • To draw quickly; jot.
  • * 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), (w, Jacob's Room) Chapter 1
  • "Scarborough," Mrs. Flanders wrote on the envelope, and dashed a bold line beneath; it was her native town; the hub of the universe.
  • To throw in or on in a rapid, careless manner; to mix, reduce, or adulterate, by throwing in something of an inferior quality; to overspread partially; to bespatter; to touch here and there.
  • to dash''' wine with water; to '''dash paint upon a picture
  • * Addison
  • I take care to dash the character with such particular circumstance as may prevent ill-natured applications.
  • * Tennyson
  • The very source and fount of day / Is dashed with wandering isles of night.


    (en interjection)
  • (euphemistic) Damn!
  • See also

    * hyphen * minus sign


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  • (onomatopoeia) The sound made by an object hitting a liquid.
  • I heard a splash when the rock landed in the pond.
  • A small amount of liquid.
  • Add the tomato purée and cook for a further 4-5 minutes. Add a splash of whisky to the pan, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to deglaze. - recipe, Grilled fillet of halibut and langoustine tails with smoked haddock risotto and shellfish froth by Chris Morrison
    I felt a splash of rain so put up my hood.
    I felt a splash of water on my leg as the car drove into the nearby puddle.
  • A small amount (of color).
  • The painter put a splash of blue on the wall to make it more colorful
  • A mark or stain made from a small amount of liquid.
  • There was a visible splash on his pants after he went to the bathroom.
  • An impact or impression.
  • The new movie made quite a splash upon its release.
  • splash screen
  • * 2008 , Ron Carswell, Heidi Webb, Guide to Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 and Virtual Server 2005
  • When the splash appears with Please wait, wait for Windows to start configuration.


    * plash


  • To hit or agitate liquid so that part of it separates from the principal liquid mass.
  • sit and splash in the bathtub
  • * 1990 October 28, , Warner Bros.
  • I know the reason I feel so blessed / My heart still splashes inside my chest
  • To disperse a fluid suddenly; to splatter.
  • water splashed everywhere
  • to hit or expel liquid at
  • The children were splashing each other playfully in the sea.
    When she comes in the door, splash her with perfume.
  • To create an impact or impression; to print, post or publicize prominently.
  • The headline was splashed across newspapers everywhere.
  • To spend (money)
  • After pay day I can afford to splash some cash and buy myself a motorbike.
  • To launch a ship.
  • * 1999 David M. Kennedy, "Victory at Sea"'', Atlantic Monthly, March 1999:
  • In the two years following Midway, Japanese shipyards managed to splash only six additional fleet carriers. The United States in the same period added seventeen, along with ten medium carriers and eighty-six escort carriers.

    Derived terms

    * hull splash * make a splash * splash-and-dash * splashback * splashboard * splash down/splashdown * splashback * splasher * splash guard/splashguard * splash out * splashout * splash pad/splashpad * splash page * splashproof * splash screen * splashy