mash

When you mash something, you crush it. You might, for example, mash a marshmallow by stepping on it.

Recipes for banana bread almost always include an instruction to mash some bananas — in other words, you need to squish and press on them until they no longer look like bananas. A bully might mash your carefully constructed sandcastle, crushing it down to the beach. The word mash seems to be related to mix, both probably rooted in the Proto-Indo-European meik, "to mix."

Primary Meanings of mash

1.
vn
to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
a mixture of mashed malt grains and hot water; used in brewing
2.
v
talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
Full Definitions of mash
1

v to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

Synonyms:
crush, squash, squeeze, squelch
Types:
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wring
twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
stamp
crush or grind with a heavy instrument
steamroller
crush with a steamroller as if to level
tread
crush as if by treading on
telescope
crush together or collapse
Type of:
press
exert pressure or force to or upon

v reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading

mash the garlic”
Synonyms:
bray, comminute, crunch, grind
Types:
pulp
reduce to pulp
pestle
grind, mash or pulverize in a mortar
mill
grind with a mill
Type of:
break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize
break or cause to break into pieces

n a mixture of mashed malt grains and hot water; used in brewing

Types:
sour mash
a mash with optimum acidity for yeast fermentation; a mixture of old and new mash; used in distilling some whiskeys
Type of:
suspension
a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy

n mixture of ground animal feeds

Types:
chicken feed, scratch
dry mash for poultry
Type of:
feed, provender
food for domestic livestock
2

v talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions

Synonyms:
butterfly, chat up, coquet, coquette, dally, flirt, philander, romance
Types:
wanton
engage in amorous play
vamp
act seductively with (someone)
Type of:
speak, talk
exchange thoughts; talk with

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