A woman rinses a plate.
- The definition of a rinse is a quick or light wash.
An example of a rinse is a very quick shower.
- Rinse is defined as to remove soap, or to wash quickly or lightly.
- An example of rinse is to hold a soapy plate under the water until all the soap is washed away.
- An example of rinse is to hop in the shower for just a couple of minutes.
transitive verbrinsed, rins′ing
- to wash lightly, esp. by dipping into water or by letting water run over, into, or through
- to remove soap, dirt, or impurities from in this way, esp. as a final part of washing
- to remove (soap, dirt, etc.) in this way
- to flush (the mouth or teeth), as with clear water
- to dip (fabrics, garments, etc.) into a dye solution
- to use a rinse on (the hair)
Origin of rinseMiddle English rincen from Old French rincer, earlier reïncier from Vulgar Latin an unverified form recentiare, to renew, rinse, purify from Classical Latin recens, fresh, recent
- the act of rinsing
- the water or solution used in rinsing
- a substance mixed with water and used to rinse or tint hair
transitive verbrinsed, rins·ing, rins·es
- To wash lightly with water.
- To remove (soap, for example) by washing lightly in water.
- The act of washing lightly.
- A solution, such as water, used in rinsing.
- A solution used in coloring or conditioning the hair.
Origin of rinseMiddle English rincen from Old French rincier from Vulgar Latin recentiāre from Latin recēns recent- fresh ; see recent .
- rins′a·ble rins′i·ble
(third-person singular simple present rinses, present participle rinsing, simple past and past participle rinsed)
- To wash (something) quickly using water and no soap.
- You'd better rinse that stain before putting the shirt in the washing machine.
- To remove soap from (something) using water.
- Rinse the dishes after you wash them.
- (UK, slang) to thoroughly defeat in an argument, fight or other competition.
- Oh no.
- You got rinsed.
From Middle English rinsen, rensen, rinshen, rencen (“to rinse"), partly from Old Norse hreinsa (“to rinse"); and partly from Middle French rincer (“to rinse, wash"), from Old French rinser, reinser (“to rinse"), Old Northern French raÃ¯ncer, raÃ¯ncier (“to rinse, cleanse"), from Old Norse hreinsa (“to rinse, cleanse"), from Proto-Germanic *hrainisÅnÄ… (“to clean, purify"), from Proto-Indo-European *ker-, *kery-, *krÄ“y- (“to separate, divide"). Cognate with Danish rense (“to purify"), Norwegian rense (“to cleanse"), Swedish rensa (“to purge, clear, wipe clean"), Old High German reinisÅn (“to clean, purify, atone"), German rein (“pure, clean"), Gothic ðŒ·ð‚ðŒ°ðŒ¹ðŒ½ðƒ (hrains, “clean"). More at riddle.