Wash meaning

wŏsh, wôsh
(western us) The dry bed of a stream.
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To carry, erode, remove, or destroy by the action of moving water.

Heavy rains washed the topsoil away.

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To rid of corruption or guilt; cleanse or purify.

Wash sins away.

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To make moist or wet; drench.

Tears washed the child's cheeks.

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To flow over, against, or past.

Waves that washed the sandy shores.

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To separate constituents of (an ore) by immersion in or agitation with water.
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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.

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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.

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To cover or coat with a watery layer of paint or other coloring substance.
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To cause to undergo a swirling action.

Washed the tea around in the cup.

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To cleanse something in or by means of water or other liquid.
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To flow, sweep, or beat with a characteristic lapping sound.

Waves washed over the pilings.

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To be carried away, removed, or drawn by the action of water.
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The act or process of washing or cleansing.
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A quantity of articles washed or intended for washing.

The wash is on the back porch.

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Waste liquid; swill.
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Fermented liquid from which liquor is distilled.
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A preparation or product used in washing or coating.
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A cosmetic or medicinal liquid, such as a mouthwash.
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Turbulence in air or water caused by the motion or action of an oar, propeller, jet, or airfoil.
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(informal) An activity, action, or enterprise that yields neither marked gain nor marked loss.
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Used for washing.
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Being such that washing is possible; washable.
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An inlet of the North Sea off east-central England. The Wash has a dredged ship channel that leads to King's Lynn.
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To clean by means of water or other liquid, as by dipping, tumbling, or scrubbing, often with soap, a detergent, etc.
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To make clean in a religious or moral sense; purify.
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To make wet, or moisten; drench or flush with water or other liquid.
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To cleanse (itself or another) by licking, as a cat does.
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To flow over, past, or against.
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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.

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To act as a suitable cleaning agent for.

Soap that will wash silks.

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To cover with a thin or watery coating of paint, esp. of water color.
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To cover with a thin layer of metal.
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To wash oneself or one's hands, face, etc.
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To undergo washing, esp. without fading or other damage.
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To be removed by washing.

Stains that will wash out.

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To sweep or flow (over, against, along, up, etc.) in or as in waves or a current, stream, etc.
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To be cut, worn, or carried (out or away) by the action of water.

The bridge had washed out.

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To be eroded, as by the action of rain or a river.
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(informal) To withstand scrutiny or an examination.

An alibi that won't wash.

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A quantity of clothes, etc. washed, or to be washed.
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Waste liquid; specif., refuse liquid food, as from cooking; swill; hogwash.
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Wear or erosion caused by a flow or falling of water, or by the action of waves.
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Silt, mud, debris, etc. carried and dropped by running water, as of a stream.
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Soil or earth from which metals, ores, precious stones, etc. may be washed.
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A channel made by running water.
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In the W U.S., the dry bed of a stream which flows only occasionally, usually in a ravine or canyon.
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A thin, watery layer of paint, esp. of watercolor, applied with even, sweeping movement of the brush.
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A thin coating of metal applied to a surface in liquid form.
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Any of various liquids as for cosmetic, grooming, or medicinal use.

Mouthwash.

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Fermented liquor ready for distillation.
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Weak liquor or liquid food.
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(informal) A drink of water, beer, etc. taken with whiskey, rum, etc.; chaser.
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(informal) A situation in which contrasted elements, as the losses and gains in a business transaction, offset each other.
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That can be washed without damage; washable.

A wash dress.

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(place) Shallow inlet of the North Sea, on the E coast of England: c. 20 mi (32 km) long.
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(geo, proper, place) Washington.
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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
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(slang) come out in the wash
  • To be revealed eventually:
    The real reasons for her resignation will come out in the wash.
  • To turn out well in the end:
    Don't worry; this project will come out in the wash.
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wash (one's) hands of
  • To refuse to accept responsibility for:
    He washed his hands of the matter.
  • To abandon; renounce:
    They have washed their hands of him.
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(informal) come out in the wash
  • to be revealed or explained sooner or later
  • to be resolved eventually, esp. without intervention and after a period of time
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wash down
  • to clean by washing, esp. with a stream of water
  • to follow (food, a drink of whiskey, etc.) with a drink, as of water
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(slang) wash out
  • to drop out of or be dropped from a training course, athletic program, etc. because of failure
  • to reject or fail
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wash up
  • to wash oneself or one's hands, face, etc.
  • to wash dishes, cups, cutlery, etc., as after a meal
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Origin of wash

  • Middle English washen from Old English wacsan, wæscan wed-1 in Indo-European roots

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