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English Dictionary: wash by the DICT Development Group
8 results for wash
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a thin coat of water-base paint
  2. the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
    Synonym(s): wash, washing, lavation
  3. the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)
    Synonym(s): wash, dry wash
  4. the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway); "from the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water"
    Synonym(s): washout, wash
  5. the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller
    Synonym(s): slipstream, airstream, race, backwash, wash
  6. a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other
    Synonym(s): wash, wash drawing
  7. garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering
    Synonym(s): laundry, wash, washing, washables
  8. any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out; "at the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash"
  1. clean with some chemical process
    Synonym(s): wash, rinse
  2. cleanse (one's body) with soap and water
    Synonym(s): wash, lave
  3. cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water; "Wash the towels, please!"
    Synonym(s): wash, launder
  4. move by or as if by water; "The swollen river washed away the footbridge"
  5. be capable of being washed; "Does this material wash?"
  6. admit to testing or proof; "This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court"
  7. separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)
  8. apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to
  9. remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent; "he washed the dirt from his coat"; "The nurse washed away the blood"; "Can you wash away the spots on the windows?"; "he managed to wash out the stains"
    Synonym(s): wash, wash out, wash off, wash away
  10. form by erosion; "The river washed a ravine into the mountainside"
  11. make moist; "The dew moistened the meadows"
    Synonym(s): moisten, wash, dampen
  12. wash or flow against; "the waves laved the shore"
    Synonym(s): lave, lap, wash
  13. to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking; "The cat washes several times a day"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wash \Wash\ (w[ocr]sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Washed}
      (w[ocr]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Washing}.] [OE. waschen, AS.
      wascan; akin to D. wasschen, G. waschen, OHG. wascan, Icel. &
      Sw. vaska, Dan. vaske, and perhaps to E. water. [root]150.]
      1. To cleanse by ablution, or dipping or rubbing in water; to
            apply water or other liquid to for the purpose of
            cleansing; to scrub with water, etc., or as with water;
            as, to wash the hands or body; to wash garments; to wash
            sheep or wool; to wash the pavement or floor; to wash the
            bark of trees.
                     When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, . . .
                     he took water and washed his hands before the
                     multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of
                     this just person.                              --Matt. xxvii.
      2. To cover with water or any liquid; to wet; to fall on and
            moisten; hence, to overflow or dash against; as, waves
            wash the shore.
                     Fresh-blown roses washed with dew.      --Milton.
                     [The landscape] washed with a cold, gray mist.
      3. To waste or abrade by the force of water in motion; as,
            heavy rains wash a road or an embankment.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wash \Wash\, v. i.
      1. To perform the act of ablution.
                     Wash in Jordan seven times.               --2 Kings v.
      2. To clean anything by rubbing or dipping it in water; to
            perform the business of cleansing clothes, ore, etc., in
            water. [bd]She can wash and scour.[b8] --Shak.
      3. To bear without injury the operation of being washed; as,
            some calicoes do not wash. [Colloq.]
      4. To be wasted or worn away by the action of water, as by a
            running or overflowing stream, or by the dashing of the
            sea; -- said of road, a beach, etc.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wash \Wash\, n.
      1. The act of washing; an ablution; a cleansing, wetting, or
            dashing with water; hence, a quantity, as of clothes,
            washed at once.
      2. A piece of ground washed by the action of a sea or river,
            or sometimes covered and sometimes left dry; the
            shallowest part of a river, or arm of the sea; also, a
            bog; a marsh; a fen; as, the washes in Lincolnshire.
            [bd]The Wash of Edmonton so gay.[b8] --Cowper.
                     These Lincoln washes have devoured them. --Shak.
      3. Substances collected and deposited by the action of water;
            as, the wash of a sewer, of a river, etc.
                     The wash of pastures, fields, commons, and roads,
                     where rain water hath a long time settled.
      4. Waste liquid, the refuse of food, the collection from
            washed dishes, etc., from a kitchen, often used as food
            for pigs. --Shak.
      5. (Distilling)
            (a) The fermented wort before the spirit is extracted.
            (b) A mixture of dunder, molasses, water, and scummings,
                  used in the West Indies for distillation. --B.
      6. That with which anything is washed, or wetted, smeared,
            tinted, etc., upon the surface. Specifically:
            (a) A liquid cosmetic for the complexion.
            (b) A liquid dentifrice.
            (c) A liquid preparation for the hair; as, a hair wash.
            (d) A medical preparation in a liquid form for external
                  application; a lotion.
            (e) (Painting) A thin coat of color, esp. water color.
            (j) A thin coat of metal laid on anything for beauty or
      7. (Naut.)
            (a) The blade of an oar, or the thin part which enters the
            (b) The backward current or disturbed water caused by the
                  action of oars, or of a steamer's screw or paddles,
      8. The flow, swash, or breaking of a body of water, as a
            wave; also, the sound of it.
      9. Ten strikes, or bushels, of oysters. [Prov. Eng.]
      {Wash ball}, a ball of soap to be used in washing the hands
            or face. --Swift.
      {Wash barrel} (Fisheries), a barrel nearly full of split
            mackerel, loosely put in, and afterward filled with salt
            water in order to soak the blood from the fish before
      {Wash bottle}. (Chem.)
            (a) A bottle partially filled with some liquid through
                  which gases are passed for the purpose of purifying
                  them, especially by removing soluble constituents.
            (b) A washing bottle. See under {Washing}.
      {Wash gilding}. See {Water gilding}.
      {Wash leather}, split sheepskin dressed with oil, in
            imitation of chamois, or shammy, and used for dusting,
            cleaning glass or plate, etc.; also, alumed, or buff,
            leather for soldiers' belts.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wash \Wash\, a.
      1. Washy; weak. [Obs.]
                     Their bodies of so weak and wash a temper. --Beau. &
      2. Capable of being washed without injury; washable; as, wash
            goods. [Colloq.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wash \Wash\, n.
      1. [Western U. S.] (Geol.)
            (a) Gravel and other rock d[82]bris transported and
                  deposited by running water; coarse alluvium.
            (b) An alluvial cone formed by a stream at the base of a
      2. The dry bed of an intermittent stream, sometimes at the
            bottom of a ca[a4]on; as, the Amargosa wash, Diamond wash;
            -- called also {dry wash}. [Western U. S.]
      3. (Arch.) The upper surface of a member or material when
            given a slope to shed water. Hence, a structure or
            receptacle shaped so as to receive and carry off water, as
            a carriage wash in a stable.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wash \Wash\, v. t.
      1. To cause dephosphorisation of (molten pig iron) by adding
            substances containing iron oxide, and sometimes manganese
      2. To pass (a gas or gaseous mixture) through or over a
            liquid for the purpose of purifying it, esp. by removing
            soluble constituents.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wash \Wash\, v. i.
      1. To use washes, as for the face or hair.
      2. To move with a lapping or swashing sound, or the like; to
            lap; splash; as, to hear the water washing.
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