Rinse meaning

rĭns
The definition of a rinse is a quick or light wash.

An example of a rinse is a very quick shower.

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To wash lightly with water.
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To remove (soap, for example) by washing lightly in water.
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The act of washing lightly.
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The act of rinsing.
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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.

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A solution, such as water, used in rinsing.
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A solution used in coloring or conditioning the hair.
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To wash lightly, esp. by dipping into water or by letting water run over, into, or through.
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To flush (the mouth or teeth), as with clear water.
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The water or solution used in rinsing.
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A substance mixed with water and used to rinse or tint hair.
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To wash (something) quickly using water and no soap.

You'd better rinse that stain before putting the shirt in the washing machine.

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To remove soap from (something) using water.

Rinse the dishes after you wash them.

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(UK, slang) To thoroughly defeat in an argument, fight or other competition.

Checkmate!

Oh no.

You got rinsed.

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The action of rinsing.

I'll just give this knife a quick rinse.

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Any hair dye.

I had a henna rinse yesterday.

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Origin of rinse

  • Middle English rincen from Old French rincier from Vulgar Latin recentiāre from Latin recēns recent- fresh recent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 raïncer, raïncier (“to rinse, cleanse"), from Old Norse hreinsa (“to rinse, cleanse"), from Proto-Germanic *hrainisōnÄ… (“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 reinisōn (“to clean, purify, atone"), German rein (“pure, clean"), Gothic 𐌷𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌽𐍃 (hrains, “clean"). More at riddle.

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