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Meaning of wash by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old English wæscan ( cognate with Dutch wassen and German waschen )


    • ( UK ) IPA: /wɒʃ/, SAMPA: /wQS/
    • ( US ) IPA: /wɑʃ/, SAMPA: /wAS/
    • ( St. Louis ( Missouri ) ) IPA: [wɔɹʃ]
    • Rhymes: -ɒʃ

    Derived terms


    wash ( plural: washes )

    1. The process or an instance of washing or being washed by water or other liquid .
    2. A liquid used for washing .
    3. The quantity of clothes washed at a time .
    4. The sound of breaking of the seas, e.g., on the shore .
    5. The wake of a moving ship .
    6. The turbulence left in the air by a moving airplane .
    7. A lotion or other liquid with medicinal or hygienic properties .
    8. Ground washed away to the sea or a river .
    9. A shallow body of water .
    10. In arid and semi-arid regions, the normally dry bed of an intermittent or ephemeral stream; an arroyo; wadi
    11. A lack of progress or regress; no change
      His first week at the new job was a wash, since he spent so much time learning the system instead of using it .



    By Wiktionary ( 2009/11/15 21:28 UTC Version )


    Wash .

    1. Washington ( US State )


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Explanation of wash by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. to cleanse ( itself or another animal ) by licking

    2. The cat washes several times a day
    3. cleanse ( one's body ) with soap and water

    4. wash or flow against

    5. make moist

    6. form by erosion

    7. The river washed a ravine into the mountainside
    8. remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent

    9. 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
    10. apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to

    11. clean with some chemical process

    12. cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water

    13. Wash the towels, please!
    14. separate dirt or gravel from ( precious minerals )

    15. move by or as if by water

    16. The swollen river washed away the footbridge
    17. admit to testing or proof

    18. This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court
    19. be capable of being washed

    20. Does this material wash?
    1. the work of cleansing ( usually with soap and water )

    2. any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out

    3. at the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash
    4. garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering

    5. a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other

    6. a thin coat of water-base paint

    7. the dry bed of an intermittent stream ( as at the bottom of a canyon )

    8. the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller

    9. the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water ( as from a roadway )

    10. from the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water

    Definition of wash by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Wash ( wŏsh ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Washed ; 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. √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. 24.

      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. Longfellow.

      3. To waste or abrade by the force of water in motion; as, “heavy rains wash a road or an embankment”.

      4. To remove by washing to take away by, or as by, the action of water; to drag or draw off as by the tide; -- often with away, off, out, etc.; as, “to wash dirt from the hands”.

      Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins. Acts xxii. 16.

      The tide will wash you off. Shak.

      5. To cover with a thin or watery coat of color; to tint lightly and thinly.

      6. To overlay with a thin coat of metal; as, “steel washed with silver”.

      7. To cause dephosphorisation of ( molten pig iron ) by adding substances containing iron oxide, and sometimes manganese oxide.

      8. To pass ( a gas or gaseous mixture ) through or over a liquid for the purpose of purifying it, esp. by removing soluble constituents.

      To wash gold, etc., to treat earth or gravel, or crushed ore, with water, in order to separate the gold or other metal, or metallic ore, through their higher density. -- To wash the hands of. See under Hand.

    2. Wash, v. i.
      1. To perform the act of ablution.

      Wash in Jordan seven times. 2 Kings v. 10.

      2. To clean anything by rubbing or dipping it in water; to perform the business of cleansing clothes, ore, etc., in water. “She can wash and scour.” 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.

      5. To use washes, as for the face or hair.

      6. To move with a lapping or swashing sound, or the like; to lap; splash; as, “to hear the water washing”.

      7. to be accepted as true or valid; to be proven true by subsequent evidence; -- usually used in the negative; as, “his alibi won't wash”. [informal]

    3. 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”. “The Wash of Edmonton so gay.” 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. Mortimer.

      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 ) The fermented wort before the spirit is extracted. A mixture of dunder, molasses, water, and scummings, used in the West Indies for distillation. B. Edwards.

      6. That with which anything is washed, or wetted, smeared, tinted, etc., upon the surface. Specifically: --

      A liquid cosmetic for the complexion.

      A liquid dentifrice.

      A liquid preparation for the hair; as, “a hair wash”.

      A medical preparation in a liquid form for external application; a lotion.

      ( Painting ) A thin coat of color, esp. water color.

      A thin coat of metal applied in a liquid form on any object, for beauty or preservation; -- called also washing.

      7. ( Naut. ) The blade of an oar, or the thin part which enters the water. The backward current or disturbed water caused by the action of oars, or of a steamer's screw or paddles, etc.

      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.]

      10. [Western U. S.] ( Geol. ) Gravel and other rock débris transported and deposited by running water; coarse alluvium. An alluvial cone formed by a stream at the base of a mountain.

      11. The dry bed of an intermittent stream, sometimes at the bottom of a canyon; as, “the Amargosa wash, Diamond wash”; -- called also dry wash. [Western U. S.]

      12. ( 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.

      13. an action or situation in which the gains and losses are equal, or closely compensate each other.

      14. ( Aeronautics ) the disturbance of the air left behind in the wake of a moving airplane or one of its parts.

      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 salting. -- Wash bottle. ( Chem. ) A bottle partially filled with some liquid through which gases are passed for the purpose of purifying them, especially by removing soluble constituents. 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.

    4. Wash, a.
      1. Washy; weak. [Obs.]

      Their bodies of so weak and wash a temper. Beau. & Fl.

      2. Capable of being washed without injury; washable; as, “wash goods”. [Colloq.]