- Also splad. a broad, flat piece of wood, either pierced or solid, forming the center upright part of a chair back or the like.
- a batten for covering joints between sheets of wallboard; panel strip.
Origin of splat1
1825–35; origin uncertain; compare Old English splātan to split
- a sound made by splattering or slapping.
Origin of splat2
First recorded in 1895–1900; back formation from splatter
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Examples from the Web for splat
The splat, with its varying forms, denotes the date of the chair.
The stretchers across the two legs are half way up and are the Yorkshire form of splat stretcher.
Exhibiting florid turning and Yorkshire type of splat stretchers.
With sunk seat for squab cushion, turned uprights and legs and curious back, showing transition from lath back to splat back.
It was therefore natural that in the farmhouse examples the plain Dutch splat would readily find favour as more easily executed.
- a wet slapping sound
C19: of imitative origin
- a wide flat piece of wood, esp one that is the upright central part of a chair back
C19: perhaps related to Old English splātan to split
Word Origin and History for splat
"to land with a smacking sound," 1897, probably of imitative origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper