Pronunciation: wǒsh
v. t.1.To cleanse by ablution, or dipping or rubbing in water; to apply water or other liquid to for the purpose of cleansing; to scrub with water, etc., or as with water; as, to wash the hands or body; to wash garments; to wash sheep or wool; to wash the pavement or floor; to wash the bark of trees.
[imp. & p. p. Washed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Washing.]
2.To cover with water or any liquid; to wet; to fall on and moisten; hence, to overflow or dash against; as, waves wash the shore.
[The landscape] washed with a cold, gray mist.
- Longfellow.
3.To waste or abrade by the force of water in motion; as, heavy rains wash a road or an embankment.
4.To remove by washing to take away by, or as by, the action of water; to drag or draw off as by the tide; - often with away, off, out, etc.; as, to wash dirt from the hands.
Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins.
- Acts xxii. 16.
The tide will wash you off.
- Shak.
5.To cover with a thin or watery coat of color; to tint lightly and thinly.
6.To overlay with a thin coat of metal; as, steel washed with silver.
7.To cause dephosphorisation of (molten pig iron) by adding substances containing iron oxide, and sometimes manganese oxide.
8.To pass (a gas or gaseous mixture) through or over a liquid for the purpose of purifying it, esp. by removing soluble constituents.
To wash gold
to treat earth or gravel, or crushed ore, with water, in order to separate the gold or other metal, or metallic ore, through their higher density.
To wash the hands of
See under Hand.
v. i.1.To perform the act of ablution.
Wash in Jordan seven times.
- 2 Kings v. 10.
2.To clean anything by rubbing or dipping it in water; to perform the business of cleansing clothes, ore, etc., in water.
3.To bear without injury the operation of being washed; as, some calicoes do not wash.
4.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.
5.To use washes, as for the face or hair.
6.To move with a lapping or swashing sound, or the like; to lap; splash; as, to hear the water washing.
7.to be accepted as true or valid; to be proven true by subsequent evidence; - usually used in the negative; as, his alibi won't wash.
n.1.The act of washing; an ablution; a cleansing, wetting, or dashing with water; hence, a quantity, as of clothes, washed at once.
2.A piece of ground washed by the action of a sea or river, or sometimes covered and sometimes left dry; the shallowest part of a river, or arm of the sea; also, a bog; a marsh; a fen; as, the washes in Lincolnshire.
3.Substances collected and deposited by the action of water; as, the wash of a sewer, of a river, etc.
4.Waste liquid, the refuse of food, the collection from washed dishes, etc., from a kitchen, often used as food for pigs.
5.(Distilling) The fermented wort before the spirit is extracted.
6.That with which anything is washed, or wetted, smeared, tinted, etc., upon the surface.
7.A liquid cosmetic for the complexion.
7.(Naut.) The blade of an oar, or the thin part which enters the water.
8.A liquid dentifrice.
8.The flow, swash, or breaking of a body of water, as a wave; also, the sound of it.
9.A liquid preparation for the hair; as, a hair wash.
9.Ten strikes, or bushels, of oysters.
10.A medical preparation in a liquid form for external application; a lotion.
10.(Geol.) Gravel and other rock débris transported and deposited by running water; coarse alluvium.
11.(Painting) A thin coat of color, esp. water color.
11.The dry bed of an intermittent stream, sometimes at the bottom of a cañon; as, the Amargosa wash, Diamond wash; - called also dry wash.
12.A thin coat of metal applied in a liquid form on any object, for beauty or preservation; - called also washing.
12.(Arch.) The upper surface of a member or material when given a slope to shed water. Hence, a structure or receptacle shaped so as to receive and carry off water, as a carriage wash in a stable.
13.an action or situation in which the gains and losses are equal, or closely compensate each other.
14.(Aeronautics) the disturbance of the air left behind in the wake of a moving airplane or one of its parts.
Wash ball
a ball of soap to be used in washing the hands or face.
Wash barrel
(Fisheries) a barrel nearly full of split mackerel, loosely put in, and afterward filled with salt water in order to soak the blood from the fish before salting.
- Swift.
Wash bottle
a - (Chem.) A bottle partially filled with some liquid through which gases are passed for the purpose of purifying them, especially by removing soluble constituents.
b - A washing bottle. See under Washing.
Wash gilding
See Water gilding.
Wash leather
split sheepskin dressed with oil, in imitation of chamois, or shammy, and used for dusting, cleaning glass or plate, etc.; also, alumed, or buff, leather for soldiers' belts.
a.1.Washy; weak.
Their bodies of so weak and wash a temper.
- Beau. & Fl.
2.Capable of being washed without injury; washable; as, wash goods.
Noun1.wash - a thin coat of water-base paint
2.wash - the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
Synonyms: lavation, washing
3.wash - the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)
Synonyms: dry wash
4.wash - the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway); "from the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water"
Synonyms: washout
5.wash - the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller
6.wash - a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other
Synonyms: wash drawing
7.Washwash - garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering
8.wash - any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out; "at the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash"
Verb1.wash - clean with some chemical process
Synonyms: rinse
2.wash - cleanse (one's body) with soap and water
Synonyms: lave
3.wash - cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water; "Wash the towels, please!"
Synonyms: launder
4.wash - move by or as if by water; "The swollen river washed away the footbridge"
5.wash - be capable of being washed; "Does this material wash?"
6.wash - admit to testing or proof; "This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court"
7.wash - separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)
8.wash - apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to
9.wash - remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent; "he washed the dirt from his coat"; "The nurse washed away the blood"; "Can you wash away the spots on the windows?"; "he managed to wash out the stains"
10.wash - form by erosion; "The river washed a ravine into the mountainside"
11.wash - make moist; "The dew moistened the meadows"
Synonyms: moisten, dampen
12.wash - wash or flow against; "the waves laved the shore"
Synonyms: lave, lap
13.wash - to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking; "The cat washes several times a day"
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wash leather
wash off
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