Definition of swash noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//swɒʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//swɔːʃ//
, NAmE//swɑːʃ//
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the flow of water up the beach after a wave has broken Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘make a noise like swords clashing or beating on shields’): imitative.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: swash