- Wash is defined as the act of cleaning, purifying or moistening, or laundry that needs to be cleaned.
- An example of a wash is a scrubbing of the car.
- An example of wash are dirty clothes in the hamper.
- Wash means to clean with a liquid, purify or moisten.
An example of wash is to use a damp cloth to wipe up a soiled table.
A woman washes a table.
- to clean by means of water or other liquid, as by dipping, tumbling, or scrubbing, often with soap, a detergent, etc.
- to make clean in a religious or moral sense; purify
- to make wet, or moisten; drench or flush with water or other liquid
- to cleanse (itself or another) by licking, as a cat does
- to flow over, past, or against: said of a sea, river, lake, waves, etc.
- to soak (out), flush (off), or carry (away) by or as by the use or action of water: to wash out dirt, a bridge washed away by the flood
- to make by flowing over and wearing away substance: a heavy rain that washed gullies in the bank
- to cut into or erode; wear (out or away) by flowing over: the flood washed out the road
- to act as a suitable cleaning agent for: soap that will wash silks
- to cover with a thin or watery coating of paint, esp. of water color
- to cover with a thin layer of metal
- to pass distilled water through (a precipitate in a filter)
- to pass (a gas) over or through a liquid in order to remove soluble matter
- to pass water through or over (earth, gravel, etc.) in order to separate ore, metal, precious stones, etc.
- to separate (the ore, etc.) in this way
Origin of washMiddle English wasshen ; from Old English wæscan, akin to German waschen: for probably Indo-European base see water
- to wash oneself or one's hands, face, etc.: often with up
- to wash clothes
- to clean anything in, or by means of, water, etc.
- to undergo washing, esp. without fading or other damage
- to be removed by washing: usually with out or away: stains that will wash out
- to sweep or flow (over, against, along, up, etc.) in or as in waves or a current, stream, etc.
- to be cut, worn, or carried (out or away) by the action of water: the bridge had washed out
- to be eroded, as by the action of rain or a river
- Informal to withstand a test or examination: an alibi that won't wash
- the act or an instance of washing
- ☆ a place where something is washed: carwash
- a quantity of clothes, etc. washed, or to be washed
- waste liquid; refuse liquid food, as from cooking; swill; hogwash
- the rush, sweep, or surge of water or waves
- the sound of this
- water rushing, sweeping, or surging in waves
- the surge or eddy of water caused by a propeller, oars, paddle wheel, etc.
- a disturbed eddy of air left behind a moving airplane, propeller, etc.
- wear or erosion caused by a flow or falling of water, or by the action of waves
- silt, mud, debris, etc. carried and dropped by running water, as of a stream
- soil or earth from which metals, ores, precious stones, etc. may be washed
- low ground which is flooded part of the time, and partly dry the rest, with water standing in pools
- a bog; marsh
- a shallow pool or pond, or a small stream
- a shallow arm of the sea or part of a river
- a channel made by running water
- ☆ in the western U.S., the dry bed of a stream which flows only occasionally, usually in a ravine or canyon
- a thin, watery layer of paint, esp. of watercolor, applied with even, sweeping movement of the brush
- a thin coating of metal applied to a surface in liquid form
- any of various liquids as for cosmetic, grooming, or medicinal use: mouthwash
- fermented liquor ready for distillation
- weak liquor or liquid food
- ☆ Informal a drink of water, beer, etc. taken with whiskey, rum, etc.; chaser
- ☆ Informal a situation in which contrasted elements, as the losses and gains in a business transaction, offset each other
come out in the washSlang
- to be revealed or explained sooner or later
- to be resolved eventually, esp. without intervention and after a period of time
- to clean by washing, esp. with a stream of water
- to follow (food, a drink of whiskey, etc.) with a drink, as of water
- ☆ to drop out of or be dropped from a training course, athletic program, etc. because of failure
- to reject or fail
verbwashed, wash·ing, wash·es
- a. To cleanse, using water or other liquid, usually with soap, detergent, or bleach, by immersing, dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing: wash one's hands; wash windows.b. To soak, rinse out, and remove (dirt or stain) with water or other liquid: wash grease out of overalls.
- To make moist or wet; drench: Tears washed the child's cheeks.
- To flow over, against, or past: waves that washed the sandy shores.
- To carry, erode, remove, or destroy by the action of moving water: Heavy rains washed the topsoil away.
- To rid of corruption or guilt; cleanse or purify: wash sins away.
- To cover or coat with a watery layer of paint or other coloring substance.
- Chemistry a. To purify (a gas) by passing through or over a liquid, as to remove soluble matter.b. To pass a solvent, such as distilled water, through (a precipitate).
- To separate constituents of (an ore) by immersion in or agitation with water.
- To cause to undergo a swirling action: washed the tea around in the cup.
- To cleanse something in or by means of water or other liquid.
- a. To undergo washing without fading or other damage: This fabric will wash.b. Informal To hold up under examination; be convincing: His story will not wash with the police.
- To flow, sweep, or beat with a characteristic lapping sound: Waves washed over the pilings.
- To be carried away, removed, or drawn by the action of water.
- The act or process of washing or cleansing.
- A quantity of articles washed or intended for washing: The wash is on the back porch.
- Waste liquid; swill.
- Fermented liquid from which liquor is distilled.
- A preparation or product used in washing or coating.
- A cosmetic or medicinal liquid, such as a mouthwash.
- a. A thin layer of watercolor or India ink spread on a drawing.b. A light tint or hue: “a wash of red sunset” (Thomas Pynchon).
- a. A rush or surge of water or waves.b. The sound of this rush or surge.
- a. Removal or erosion of soil by the action of moving water.b. A deposit of recently eroded debris.
- a. Low or marshy ground washed by tidal waters.b. A stretch of shallow water.
- Western US The dry bed of a stream.
- Turbulence in air or water caused by the motion or action of an oar, propeller, jet, or airfoil.
- Informal An activity, action, or enterprise that yields neither marked gain nor marked loss: “[The company] doesn't do badly. That is, it's a wash” (Harper's).
- Used for washing.
- Being such that washing is possible; washable.
Origin of washMiddle English washen, from Old English wacsan, wæscan; see wed-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present washes, present participle washing, simple past washed, wesh (obsolete or dialectal), or woosh (obsolete or dialectal), past participle washed or washen (archaic, dialectal))
- To clean with water.
- The car is so dirty, we need to wash it.
- Dishwashers wash dishes much more efficiently than most humans.
- To move or erode by the force of water in motion.
- Heavy rains wash a road or an embankment.
- The flood washed away houses.
- (mining) To separate valuable material (such as gold) from worthless material by the action of flowing water.
- (intransitive) To clean oneself with water.
- I wash every morning after getting up.
- To cover with water or any liquid; to wet; to fall on and moisten.
- Waves wash the shore.
- (intransitive) To be eroded or carried away by the action of water.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To be cogent, convincing; to withstand critique.
- (intransitive) To bear without injury the operation of being washed.
- Some calicoes do not wash.
- (intransitive) 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.
- To cover with a thin or watery coat of colour; to tint lightly and thinly.
- To overlay with a thin coat of metal.
- steel washed with silver
- The process or an instance of washing or being washed by water or other liquid.
- I'm going to have a quick wash before coming to bed.
- My jacket needs a wash.
- A liquid used for washing.
- The quantity of clothes washed at a time.
- There's a lot in that wash: maybe you should split it into two piles.
- (art) A smooth and translucent painting created using a paintbrush holding a large amount of solvent and a small amount of paint.
- The sound of breaking of the seas, e.g., on the shore.
- I could hear the wash of the wave.
- The wake of a moving ship.
- The ship left a big wash
- Sail away from the wash to avoid rocking the boat.
- The turbulence left in the air by a moving airplane.
- A lotion or other liquid with medicinal or hygienic properties.
- mouth wash
- hand wash
- Ground washed away to the sea or a river.
- A piece of ground washed by the action of water, or sometimes covered and sometimes left dry; the shallowest part of a river, or arm of the sea; also, a bog; a marsh.
- A shallow body of water.
- In arid and semi-arid regions, the normally dry bed of an intermittent or ephemeral stream; an arroyo; wadi
- Something where no progress is made, where nothing changes; a washout.
- His first week at the new job was a wash, since he spent so much time learning the system instead of using it.
- Waste liquid, the refuse of food, the collection from washed dishes, etc., from a kitchen, often used as food for pigs; pigwash.
- In distilling, the fermented wort before the spirit is extracted.
- A mixture of dunder, molasses, water, and scummings, used in the West Indies for distillation.
- A thin coat of metal laid on anything for beauty or preservation.
- (nautical) The blade of an oar.
- The backward current or disturbed water caused by the action of oars, or of a steamer's screw or paddles, etc.
- Ten strikes, or bushels, of oysters.
From Middle English washen, waschen, weschen, from Old English wascan, wæscan (“to wash, cleanse, bathe, lave”), from Proto-Germanic *waskaną, *watskaną (“to wash, get wet”), from Proto-Indo-European *wod- (“wet; water”). Cognate with West Frisian waskje, Dutch wassen, wasschen (“to wash”), Low German waschen (“to wash”), German waschen (“to wash”), Danish vaske (“to wash”), Swedish vaska (“to wash”), Icelandic vaska (“to wash”).