- 1 [singular] an act of breaking something noisily into pieces; the sound this makes The cup hit the floor with a smash. vehicle crash
- 2[countable] (British English) an accident in which a vehicle hits another vehicle a car smash in tennis, etc.
- 3[countable] a way of hitting the ball downwards and very hard See related entries: Tennis song/movie/play
- 4(also smash hit) [countable] a song, film/movie or play that is very popular her latest chart smash See related entries: Showing films Word Origin early 18th cent. (as a noun): probably imitative, representing a blend of words such as smack, smite with bash, mash, etc.Extra examples Four people were seriously injured in a head-on smash on the A45. He can hit a powerful overhead smash. He heard the smash of breaking glass. He misses a smash to hand Federer a 5–0 lead. The comedy was an instant smash with critics. The plate hit the floor with a smash. The play was a box-office smash. The smash happened just before junction 13 of the M6. Their car was involved in a fatal smash with a stolen van. They had a smash hit with their debut album. a 20-year-old victim of a hit-and-run smash the recent club smash, ‘Rocking Music’
act of breaking