launder

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v launder convert illegally obtained funds into legal ones
    • v launder cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water "Wash the towels, please!"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Launder (Mining) A trough used by miners to receive the powdered ore from the box where it is beaten, or for carrying water to the stamps, or other apparatus, for comminuting, or sorting, the ore.
    • Launder A washerwoman.
    • Launder To lave; to wet. "The lake which bathed the foot of the Alban mountain."
    • Launder To wash, as clothes; to wash, and to smooth with a flatiron or mangle; to wash and iron; as, to launder shirts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n launder One who washes; a washerwoman or washerman.
    • n launder A gutter or channel for conveying water; specifically, a channel or trough, generally made of wood, in which water is carried in any desired direction.
    • launder To wash and iron, as clothes; do up by washing, starching, and ironing: now used especially of laundry-work on a large scale.
    • launder To wet; wash.
    • launder To cover, as a metal, with a thin wash or film.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Launder a washerwoman or washerman: a trough for conveying water
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Idioms

Money laundering - If people launder money, they get money made illegally into the mainstream so that it is believed to be legitimate and clean.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Contracted fr. OE. lavender, F. lavandière, LL. lavandena, from L. lavare, to wash. See Lave
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. lavander—O. Fr. lavandier—L., gerundive of lavāre to wash.

Usage

In literature:

She had conducted her to the Higgledy-Piggledy Shop as a place where her fine damask could be laundered well.
"Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman" by Emma Speed Sampson
Primitive laundering, but generous patrons.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
It launders as well as white cotton.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
He laundered now, or cooked, but he had never left the district and he loved placer-mining as he loved his life.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
The Lavender, Launder or Lander saw to the washing.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
Who feeds him and launders him and mends him?
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
See that the linen is clean and carefully laundered.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
She wore a simple, white dress, freshly laundered, which made her look cool and inviting.
"Hidden Gold" by Wilder Anthony
His trousers were carefully creased, his white shirt was well-laundered, and his tie was neat.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
Do not bathe or wash your clothes in dirty water, have them boiled when laundered.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
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In poetry:

Where is the nicely laundered shirt
That Kendall Evans wore,
And Robbie James' tricot coat
All buttoned up before?
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
I'll comb my hair in scalloped bands
Beneath my laundered cap,
And watch my cool and fragile hands
Lie light upon my lap.
"Afternoon" by Dorothy Parker
And I may walk the pretty place
Before the curtsying hollyhocks
And laundered daisies, round of face-
Good little girls, in party frocks.
"Story Of Mrs. W-" by Dorothy Parker
Now the place is abuzz with trading in your ankles's remnants, bronzes
of sunburnt breastplates, dying laughter, bruises,
rumors of fresh reserves, memories of high treason,
laundered banners with imprints of the many who since have risen.
"Elegy" by Joseph Brodsky

In news:

HSBC this week agreed to settle money laundering charges for a record $1.9 billion.
HSBC's record $1.9 billion payment to settle a US investigation into money laundering that involved Mexican drug cartels and nations such as Iran is a new setback for the reputation of banks after a series of headline-grabbing scandals.
How his crowning moment became a money laundering conviction.
But one of his contributions to the cause was illegally laundered money, a jury ruled Wednesday.
Microsoft's Click Laundering Crusade .
British bank HSBC will pay $1.26 billion to settle US charges of laundering Mexican drug money and another $665 million for violating sanctions on Cuba , Iran, Libya, Sudan and Burma, US authorities announced Tuesday.
In this podcast, Bill Leff visits with Robert Mazur, a 27 year veteran of the war on drugs who lived within the underworld in deep cover as a money launderer.
Standard Chartered to pay $340 million for money-laundering.
Seeks to Boost Laundering Net.
Laundering reusable cleaning cloths can get expensive.
Defendants face money laundering, drug charges.
More than 300 horses that the federal government says were bought and trained as part of a Mexican drug cartel 's money-laundering operation are being auctioned in Oklahoma City.
(CNN) — A prominent Texas attorney and former university trustee faces charges of laundering more than $600 million for a Mexican drug cartel .
More than 300 racehorses seized in Ruidoso and other cities in connection to a suspected Zetas drug cartel money-laundering operation have been sold for $8.8 million by the US government, US Department of Justice officials said Monday.
An Oak Grove couple has been convicted in federal court of an $800,000 tax fraud scheme, as well as mail fraud, money laundering, and using fictorious financial instruments.
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