smash

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv smash with a loud crash "the car went smash through the fence"
    • v smash break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow "The window smashed"
    • v smash break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over "Smash a plate"
    • v smash overthrow or destroy (something considered evil or harmful) "The police smashed the drug ring after they were tipped off"
    • v smash hit hard "He smashed a 3-run homer"
    • v smash collide or strike violently and suddenly "The motorcycle smashed into the guard rail"
    • v smash hit (a tennis ball) in a powerful overhead stroke
    • v smash damage or destroy as if by violence "The teenager banged up the car of his mother"
    • v smash humiliate or depress completely "She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation","The death of her son smashed her"
    • v smash hit violently "She smashed her car against the guard rail"
    • v smash reduce to bankruptcy "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!","The slump in the financial markets smashed him"
    • n smash a conspicuous success "that song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career","that new Broadway show is a real smasher","the party went with a bang"
    • n smash the act of colliding with something "his crash through the window","the fullback's smash into the defensive line"
    • n smash a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head
    • n smash a serious collision (especially of motor vehicles)
    • n smash a vigorous blow "the sudden knock floored him","he took a bash right in his face","he got a bang on the head"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run on May 6, 1915. He was playing for the Boston Red Sox at the time. 'The Sultan of Swat' went on to smash 714 round-trippers before he retired, as a New York Yankee, in 1935.
    • Smash A breaking or dashing to pieces; utter destruction; wreck.
    • Smash Hence, bankruptcy.
    • Smash To break in pieces by violence; to dash to pieces; to crush. "Here everything is broken and smashed to pieces."
    • v. i Smash To break up, or to pieces suddenly, as the result of collision or pressure.
    • Smash (Lawn Tennis) To hit (the ball) from above the level of the net with a very hard overhand stroke.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Over 10,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows
    • smash To break in pieces utterly and with violence; dash to pieces; shatter; crush.
    • smash To render insolvent; bankrupt.
    • smash To dash violently; fling violently and noisily: as, he smashed it against the wall.
    • smash In lawn-tennis, to strike with much strength; bat very swiftly.
    • smash Synonyms Shatter, etc. See dash.
    • smash To act with a crushing force; produce a crushing or crashing.
    • smash To be broken or dashed to pieces suddenly and roughly; go to pieces by a violent blow or collision.
    • smash To be ruined; fail; become insolvent or bankrupt: generally with up.
    • smash To dash violently: as, the locomotives smashed into each other.
    • smash To utter base coin.
    • n smash A violent dashing or crushing to pieces: as, the lurch of the ship was attended with a great smash of glass and china.
    • n smash Destruction; ruin in general; specifically, failure; bankruptcy: as, his business has gone to smash.
    • n smash A drink composed of spirit (generally brandy), cut ice, water, sugar, and sprigs of mint: it is like a julep, but served in smaller glasses.
    • n smash A disastrous collision, especially on a railroad; a smash-up.
    • smash To press or make (the folded and sewed sections of a proposed book) of a uniform thickness.
    • n smash In lawn-tennis, an overhand volley played hard and fast to prevent, by the speed of the stroke, a return by the opponent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Smash smash to break in pieces violently: to crush: to dash violently
    • v.i Smash to act with crushing force: to be broken to pieces: to be ruined, to fail: to dash violently
    • n Smash act of smashing, destruction, ruin, bankruptcy
    • adj Smash crushing: dashing
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Quotations

  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.”
  • Arnold H. Glasgow
    Arnold H. Glasgow
    “The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it open.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Sw. smisk, a blow, stroke, smiska, to strike, dial. Sw. smaske, to kiss with a noise, and E. smack, a loud kiss, a slap

Usage

In literature:

Haven't you noticed a smashed fir tree at the bottom?
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
They both floated flat out on the white roller, and the white roller went smash-o!
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
If she turned topsyturvy, and providing she was not cast upon the rocks and smashed, I would be in difficulty for fresh air in a very few hours.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
He located a window and, smashing the glass with his elbow, crawled through.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
They looked as though they had suffered some accident that smashed the front of the face in.
"The Ultimate Weapon" by John Wood Campbell
We smashed that cruiser!
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The slashing, dashing, smashing, lashing, thrashing, hashing Irishman!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Then came what we may call the smash.
"A Girl of the Commune" by George Alfred Henty
If anything begins to look like completion they smash it up at once and start fresh.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Allays meddlin' that brat, jus' as he wos when Mr. Beecot was smashed.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
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In poetry:

But I’m already faint with weariness,
My sword is broken, my armor smashed. . .
And then I suddenly see it, flashing
With pomp and lofty magnificence!
"The Palace Of Fortune" by Antero Tarquinio de Quental
"Curridge, meh lads, ween goo an' see't,
"It isno' dark, for th' moon gi's leet;
"Iv't be a Ludd, ween at him smash,
"Iv boggart, aw'll some questions ash.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
Who is it that sleeps like a top all night,
And wakes in the morning so fresh and bright
That he breaks his bed as he gets up,
And leaves it smashed like a china cup?
"Riddles" by George MacDonald
Ah, do not wake him, lest you should hear him
Scolding the others, breaking their rattles,
Smashing their drums, when their play comes near him--
Love who, for me, is a god of battles!
"From The Italian" by Edith Nesbit
The crystal an' crockery she dang a' to smash,
The jars an' the bottles gaed doun wi' a crash;
An' the stoups, big an' wee, she ran thro' the fire,
An' brak' a' the lozens afore she wad tire.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton
But far afore thae things, an' what can please him best ava,
Is breakin' ae auld bottle wi' anither perfect sma'.
This wark's an unco treat to him, an' mak's him hotch wi' glee,
An' aye at every smash he mak's he lauchs an' looks at me.
"Oor Johnnie" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

A car's rear window was smashed after parts from an Air Canada jet tumbled from the sky following engine failure .
Smashing Pumpkins entertain at Comcast Arena.
It's a Graveyard Smash: Escapade 's Dia De Los Muertos.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul are in the drink in Smashed.
Jason Gay hears the fire extinguisher 's side of the story a day after the Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire smashed its glass case in a moment of post-game emotion.
The Farmstead 's Pumpkin Smash in Meridian on Saturday November 2, 2012.
"Smashed," "Beauty Is Embarrassing," and the 2012 Film Noir Festival.
Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Smashed.
Tiger Smashes SUV Into Fire Hydrant , Tree.
A car smashed by a tree, in Ulmer Park.
He smashes it hard and low into the right corner, so I have no chance.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is one of the most successful — and outspoken — rock artists of the last 20 years, but that doesn't mean his life has been without its share of struggles.
It's not often that an exhibition makes you want to run home and smash your best china.
Investigators say Tyler Curry ran a stop sign -- and smashed into a freightliner truck.
Kenny Rogers and his 1978 smash 'The Gambler ' are sitting at No.
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In science:

Since the localization at E is smashing, AE ∧AAE is the localization of AE at E .
HKR Theorem for Smooth S-algebras
A Morita context (A#H ∗rat , AcoH , P , Q, [−, −], (−, −)) connecting the smash product and the subalgebra of coinvariants was constructed in (see also [14, Section 6.3]).
Wide Morita contexts, relative injectivity and equivalence results
Chen, Coactions, smash products, and Hopf modules, J.
Wide Morita contexts, relative injectivity and equivalence results
Montgomery, Hopf Galois extensions, smash products and Morita equivalence, J.
Wide Morita contexts, relative injectivity and equivalence results
This is then compiled through a component level simulator (SMASH 5.2.0TMk) and can be connected to other components.
Defective beams in MEMS: a model of non-ideal rods using a Cosserat approach for component level modelling
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