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Definitions of wash:

  • noun:   the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
  • noun:   any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out
    Example: "At the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash"
  • noun:   a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other
  • noun:   a thin coat of water-base paint
  • noun:   the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)
  • noun:   garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering
  • noun:   the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway)
    Example: "From the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water"
  • noun:   the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller
  • verb:   move by or as if by water
    Example: "The swollen river washed away the footbridge"
  • verb:   form by erosion
    Example: "The river washed a ravine into the mountainside"
  • verb:   admit to testing or proof
    Example: "This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court"
  • verb:   be capable of being washed
    Example: "Does this material wash?"
  • verb:   to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking
    Example: "The cat washes several times a day"
  • verb:   cleanse (one's body) with soap and water
  • verb:   remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent
    Example: "He washed the dirt from his coat"
  • verb:   apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to
  • verb:   clean with some chemical process
  • verb:   cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water
    Example: "Wash the towels, please!"
  • verb:   separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)
  • verb:   make moist
  • verb:   wash or flow against
  • name:  A surname (rare: 1 in 100000 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #8337)


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