[ swosh-ing, swaw-shing ]

  1. tending to swash: swashing water.

Origin of swashing

First recorded in 1550–60; swash + -ing2

Other words from swashing

  • swash·ing·ly, adverb

Words Nearby swashing

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How to use swashing in a sentence

  • This swashing affects not only the broken part of the waves, but all the water between the outer breaker and the shore.

    Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
  • Even in Grave V. at Mycenae, we have a sword blade so massive at the top that it was certainly capable of a swashing blow.

    Homer and His Age | Andrew Lang
  • She was noticeably down by the head, and black water was swashing forward of the break of the main-deck.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
  • The swashing of the water made a sound (pluk, pluk, pluk, pluk) resembling that of the viscera of a bear as he moves along.

    Pomo Bear Doctors | Samuel Alfred Barrett
  • She sounded almost atop of us, and the whistling was followed by a swashing of water as though her propeller had been reversed.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion | Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins