laundry

Definitions

  • PAUSING TO GET LAUNDRY-WORK DONE
    PAUSING TO GET LAUNDRY-WORK DONE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n laundry workplace where clothes are washed and ironed
    • n laundry garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Paper money is not made from wood pulp but from cotton. This means that it will not disintegrate as fast if it is put in the laundry
    • Laundry A business establishment where clothing is laundered for a fee.
    • Laundry A collection of items such as articles of clothing or bed linens that need to be laundered, or have just been laundered; as, put the dirty laundry in the basket and take it downstairs; hang the laundry out to dry.
    • Laundry A laundering; a washing.
    • Laundry A place or room where laundering is done; a laundry room.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The laundry detergent Tide, has a market share of about forty percent market
    • n laundry The act of washing; a washing.
    • n laundry A place, as a room or a building, where clothes are washed and ironed; an establishment where laundry-work is carried on.
    • n laundry [In the following passage the word is ludicrously put for launder:
    • n laundry Soluble Prussian blue.
    • laundry To launder.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About 26 per cent of all indoor water used by households in Sydney, Australia are for laundry
    • ns Laundry a place where clothes are washed and dressed
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Quotations

  • Charlotte Bunch
    Charlotte Bunch
    “Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women's issues.”
  • Gioacchino Antonio Rossini
    Gioacchino Antonio Rossini
    “Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music.”

Idioms

Air your dirty laundry in public - If you air your dirty laundry in public, you reveal aspects of your private life that should really remain private, by telling a secret, arguing in public, etc.
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Don't wash your dirty laundry in public - (UK) People, especially couples, who argue in front of others or involve others in their personal problems and crises, are said to be washing their dirty laundry in public; making public things that are best left private. (In American English, 'don't air your dirty laundry in public' is used.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lavendrie, OF. lavanderie,. See Launder
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. lavander—O. Fr. lavandier—L., gerundive of lavāre to wash.

Usage

In literature:

Then she had a laundry.
"The Other Girls" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Patrick Duggan's wife did the laundry work, and refused to take payment in cash.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
One of my jobs was to take Sergeant McLaughlan to fetch the hospital washing from a laundry some distance out of the town.
"Fanny Goes to War" by Pat Beauchamp
This includes water for drinking, cooking, dish washing, bathing, laundry.
"General Science" by Bertha M. Clark
The work room was an old disused laundry, now granted by the sheriffs, and fitted up for the purpose.
"Elizabeth Fry" by Mrs. E. R. Pitman
These cloths save much wear on the large cloths, and laundry work as well.
"The Complete Home" by Various
All day, from morning until evening, she ironed clothes in a laundry.
"Stories to Tell Children" by Sara Cone Bryant
No decorated tablet waits for his laundry list.
"Americans and Others" by Agnes Repplier
Now drop a drop of the iodine on the laundry starch.
"The First Book of Farming" by Charles L. Goodrich
As a matter of fact, had I gone there to sell phonographs or to start a steam laundry, I should have been as greatly suspected.
"Once Upon A Time" by Richard Harding Davis
Another platoon found in a laundry a number of clean white shirts which the men readily donned.
"The Story of the "9th King's" in France" by Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts
So her mistress set great store by her and said there never was such a good laundry-maid.
"English Fairy Tales" by Flora Annie Steel
And you stick eight in the savings bank for that dog laundry.
"Class of '29" by Orrie Lashin and Milo Hastings
About twelve o'clock supper was announced, and old and young repaired to the laundry.
"Diddie, Dumps & Tot" by Louise-Clarke Pyrnelle
It's Ham Adams, with a bottle of gasoline in one hand and a bundle of laundry under his arm.
"Wilt Thou Torchy" by Sewell Ford
With the aid of a small laundry she was keeping, her aunt supported her children as well as her husband.
"The Awakening" by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
I stayed in the laundry nearly all day, for the sun went under a cloud soon after breakfast, and a cold drizzling rain began to fall.
"The Story of Dago" by Annie Fellows-Johnston
Attached to this institution is the general bakehouse, laundry, and linen depot for all the prisons.
"How to Enjoy Paris in 1842" by F. Hervé
The other floors are closed to visitors, and are used as workshops, laundries, etc.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
They had to have the laundry done outside and engage extra service when they entertained.
"One Woman's Life" by Robert Herrick
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In poetry:

And almost disappearing
In cloud, a tiny spark,
He now is like a cross-stitch,
A midget laundry-mark.
"Night" by Boris Pasternak
Of a girl doing her laundry in the steerage
Ramifies endlessly.
This is being young,
Assumption of the startled century
"How Distant" by Philip Larkin
Then, for I was an honest fellow,
how I would shriek and stamp and bellow!
That swollen laundry needs no mother.
Take me, and leave it to another.
"Mama" by Attila Jozsef
The tightness of a hempen rope
Their bodies got; but laundry soap
Not handsomer can rub the skin
For token of the washed within.
Occasionally coughers cast
A leg aloft and coughed their last.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith
I'm jolly glad I haven't got a neck like a giraffe.
I'd want to tie it in a knot and shorten it by half.
or, as I wear my collars high, how laundry men would gloat!
And what a lot of beer I'd buy to lubricate my throat!
"Resignation" by Robert W Service
Gets ready to face the ready-made creation
Of chairs and bureaus and sleep-twisted sheets.
This is the kingdom of the fading apparition,
The oracular ghost who dwindles on pin-legs
To a knot of laundry, with a classic bunch of sheets
"The Ghost's Leavetaking" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Laundry detergent makers introduced miniature packets in recent months such as this one photographed Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Houston.
Artist coats gallery in laundry detergent .
Although today's washers have made doing laundry easier than ever, concentrated laundry detergent s have not.
Rockin' Green's laundry detergent products to tout new scent, packaging.
Make Your Own Lavender Laundry Detergent --for Pennies.
Compacted bottle and formula pack a punch of laundry detergent .
The jug format for laundry detergent s can often lead to overdosing and messy spills.
Rather, we're talking about people using too much laundry detergent .
Rather, we’re talking about people using too much laundry detergent .
When it comes to choosing laundry detergent , consumers are heading back to basics.
With the recession in full force, consumers are trading down and turning the laundry detergent category on its head.
A few of the more popular green brands of laundry detergent are reviewed by Jessica Tzerman from Plenty magazine.
WASHINGTON — Can something called a "cobuilder" be helpful to the laundry industry in the near future.
Two groups of scientists are working on a new, environmentally friendly ingredient for laundry detergent s.
If you do laundry, you've probably noticed that detergent containers have been shrinking, with makers touting ever-more-concentrated formulas.
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In science:

Note that if the universe passes through an unlighted epoch of the second type, we know for certain that information scanned by electromagnetic waves during the preceding epochs is washed out, i.e., such unlighted epochs act as informational laundry.
Light propagation with non-minimal couplings in a two-component cosmic dark fluid with an Archimedean-type force and unlighted cosmological epochs
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