- to land in a body of water in a returning spacecraft.
- (of a spacecraft) to land in a body of water.
Origin of splash down
An Americanism dating back to 1955–60
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Related Words for splash downdock, settle, smash, plunge, hurtle, collapse, tumble, ditch, dive, drop, collide, bump, slip, meet, topple, overturn, berth, alight, thump, pilot
Land in water, as in The spacecraft splashed down within a few hundred yards of the pickup point. The splash in this idiom alludes to the impact of a solid body on water. [c. 1960]
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