• WordNet 3.6
    • n washboard protective covering consisting of a broad plank along a gunwale to keep water from splashing over the side
    • n washboard device consisting of a corrugated surface to scrub clothes on
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Washboard A board running round, and serving as a facing for, the walls of a room, next to the floor; a mopboard.
    • Washboard (Naut) A broad, thin plank, fixed along the gunwale of boat to keep the sea from breaking inboard; also, a plank on the sill of a lower deck port, for the same purpose; -- called also wasteboard.
    • Washboard A fluted, or ribbed, board on which clothes are rubbed in washing them.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n washboard A board or wooden frame having a ribbed or corrugated surface of sheet-metal, vulcanite, earthenware, or wood, used as a scrubber in washing clothing by hand.
    • n washboard Nautical, a broad thin plank sometimes fixed on the top of the gunwale of a boat or other small vessel's side, to prevent the sea from breaking over; also, a piece of plank on the sill of a lower deck port, for the same purpose. Also called waste-board.
    • n washboard A board carried around the walls of a room at the bot torn. Also called mopboard, skirting-board.
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In literature:

It is the Leprecauns of Gort na Cloca Mora took your washboard.
"The Crock of Gold" by James Stephens
Mrs. Fink turned on the hot water and set the washboards in the suds.
"The Trimmed Lamp" by O. Henry
As I sat with my feet dangling over the washboard, I reflected, once or twice, that we were engaged in a race.
"The Celebrity, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Faucets were sputtering, buckets spilling, rivulets flowing underneath the rows of washboards.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
The canoe was a dug-out, a thing of light cotton-wood, with washboards forward to carry it through a surf.
"A Master of Fortune" by Cutcliffe Hyne
One of them went through the boat's washboard, and dangerously wounded a midshipman in the thigh.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 12" by Robert Kerr
The steward in his leisure moments and with a worried air tried to fit washboards to the cabin doors.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
The wind came in gusts, and now every flaw carried her down to the washboard.
"The Coming Wave" by Oliver Optic
You get way up above a river and it looks like a long washboard, down below, here in the mountains.
"Maw's Vacation" by Emerson Hough
She is through with the back-breaking battling trough and the washboard.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas

In news:

Guitar and washboard for folk and blues sound.
The would-be violinist then switched to the fiddle and washboard, playing in Pepper Martin's Mudcats band on the Fox theater circuit at $50 a show.
Suitcase bass-drum, gas-can foot tom, washboard and slide guitar.
"You're solid as a rock," said Schreiber has he touched Domingo's shirt-covered washboard.
Washboard Chaz Playing For Change Fame #ptblues09 #playingforchange #music.
Natalie Portman shows off her washboard abs on the set of Terrence Malicks.
Natalie Portman flashed her washboard abs this week on the the Austin, Texas, set of Terrence Malick's new movie.
Will It Give You Washboard Abs.
Washboard Chaz Playing For Change Fame #ptblues09 #playingforchange #music.
Toss on the washboard-scrubbing, banjo-shucking, fiddle-sawing tunes of the Spirit Family Reunion and you have no idea when or where this music is made.
Even with a 197.4-inch wheelbase and 12,000 pounds of mass, it feels nervous over washboard sections.
Deprivation and hard work can bring out the washboard abs, but there doesn't seem to be a legitimate health reason for it.
Gerard Butler is giving audiences six more reasons to see Playing for Keeps this winter -- courtesy of his washboard abs.
We teamed up with Planet Fitness in Wichita Falls and asked you to submit pictures of your washboard abs via Instagram using the hashtag #NINSixPack - and YOU got to choose the winner.
Gwen Stefani 's washboard abs have been the talk of tinseltown for nearly two decades, and at 42, the No Doubt singer is still sporting her sexy six-pack .

In science:

This is the Hamiltonian of a quantum particle in a tilted washboard potential, see Fig. 2d.
Superconducting qubits
It has dynamics analogous to that of a particle moving in a tilted washboard potential (see Fig. 1).
Spectroscopy of Three-Particle Entanglement in a Macroscopic Superconducting Circuit
This situation is analogous to the motion of a particle on a tilted washboard potential with friction (see Fig. 7).
Decay of a superfluid currents in a moving system of strongly interacting bosons
FIG. 7: Possible motion of a particle after a tunneling event in a tilted washboard potential if the friction is small (left) and if the friction is large (right).
Decay of a superfluid currents in a moving system of strongly interacting bosons
The tilt of the washboard potential is given by the current bias, Iin .
Cavity sideband cooling of the Josephson phase