Meaning of swash

swash

Pronunciation: (swosh, swôsh), [key]
—v.t.
  1. to dash or cast violently, esp. to dash (water or other liquid) around, down, etc.
—n.
  1. the surging or dashing, sometimes violent, of water, waves, etc.
  2. the sound made by such dashing: the thunderous swash of the waves.
  3. the ground over which water washes.
  4. a channel of water through or behind a sandbank.
  5. an extending ornamental flourish, as on letters of certain fonts of italic or cursive type.
—adj.
  1. noting or pertaining to a character having a swash: a swash letter.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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