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 wash wash

noun

  • () a thin coat of water-base paint  ( wash )
    a thin coat of water-base paint
  • () the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)  ( lavation, wash, washing )
    the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
  • () the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)  ( dry wash, wash )
    the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)
  • any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out  ( 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
    at the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash
  • garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering  ( wash, washables, washing, laundry )
    garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering
  • a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other  ( wash, wash drawing )
    a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other
  • the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller  ( airstream, backwash, race, slipstream, wash )
    the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller
  • the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway)  ( wash, washout )
    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
    from the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water
  • verb

  • () clean with some chemical process  ( rinse, wash )
    clean with some chemical process
  • () cleanse (one's body) with soap and water  ( lave, wash )
    cleanse (one's body) with soap and water
  • () cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water  ( launder, wash )
    cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water
     Wash the towels, please!
    Wash the towels, please!
  • () move by or as if by water  ( wash )
    move by or as if by water
     The swollen river washed away the footbridge
    The swollen river washed away the footbridge
  • to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking  ( wash )
    to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking
     The cat washes several times a day
    The cat washes several times a day
  • wash or flow against  ( lap, lave, wash )
    wash or flow against
     the waves laved the shore
    the waves laved the shore
  • make moist  ( wash, dampen, moisten )
    make moist
     The dew moistened the meadows
    The dew moistened the meadows
  • form by erosion  ( wash )
    form by erosion
     The river washed a ravine into the mountainside
    The river washed a ravine into the mountainside
  • remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent  ( wash, wash away, wash off, wash out )
    remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent
     he washed the dirt from his coat
    he washed the dirt from his coat
     The nurse washed away the blood
    The nurse washed away the blood
     Can you wash away the spots on the windows?
    Can you wash away the spots on the windows?
     he managed to wash out the stains
    he managed to wash out the stains
  • apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to  ( wash )
    apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to
  • separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)  ( wash )
    separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)
  • admit to testing or proof  ( wash )
    admit to testing or proof
     This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court
    This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court
  • be capable of being washed  ( wash )
    be capable of being washed
     Does this material wash?
    Does this material wash?