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    "residue of splats"

    Hey guys

    I look up the dictionary and find out the word " splat" has two meanings.
    1. A slat of wood, as one in the middle of a chair back.
    2. A smacking or splashing noise.

    But in the sentence below, neither of these two seem to fit in.

    "He saw the leaves floating in the bath water, saw the residue of splats settling on the bottom, saw the bathroom floor flooded and Hannah holding the duckling, closer now, to her chest."

    Is there a third meaning of the word "splat"?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: "residue of splats"

    There is not to my knowledge a third meaning of the word 'splat'. I've also just checked the dictionary but couldn't find one.

    Perhaps in this sentence the word 'splats' is used as 2. A smacking or splashing noise.

    He is seeing the residue of the splashing of the bathwater settling on the bottom.

    I don't have access to the rest of the text, but maybe the leaves made a 'splat' when they were dropped into the bath water and this is causing residue to settle on the bottom.

    I hope this helps!

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