• "The cat washed the jackdaw in its turn."
    "The cat washed the jackdaw in its turn."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj washed clean by virtue of having been washed in water
    • adj washed wet as from washing; sometimes used in combination "rain-washed"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Washing in the river Washing in the river
The author doing a little washing on his own account The author doing a little washing on his own account
"Washing Barge." "Washing Barge."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Average number of days a West German goes without washing his underwear: 7
    • a Washed (Zoöl) Appearing as if overlaid with a thin layer of different color; -- said of the colors of certain birds and insects.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average number of pillowcases washed a day at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas is 15,000
    • washed That has been subjected to washing, in any sense.
    • washed Of the nature of a “wash”: applied on the exchanges to a mere transfer by a broker of the stock or commodity which one principal had instructed him to sell to another customer who had given instructions to purchase a similar quantity of the same stock or commodity.
    • washed In zoology, overlaid, as a surface or a groundcolor, with a wash or light tint or color: as, a fox's black pelt washed with silver. See wash, n., 10 .
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  • Proverb
    “Absence and a friendly neighbor washes away love.”
  • Lord Byron
    “As falls the dew on quenchless sands, blood only serves to wash ambition's hands.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous. It looks so bad. It is simply washing one's clean linen in public.”
  • Puzant Kevork Thomajan
    Puzant Kevork Thomajan
    “A hearty laugh gives one a dry cleaning, while a good cry is a wet wash.”


Come out in the wash - If something will come out in the wash, it won't have any permanent negative effect.
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.)
Eye- wash - This expression 'eye-wash' is generally used to cover up the anxiety of a person who is seeking a concrete reply or justification for an act or an event that had affected his personal image or caused him a loss. The affected person usually represents his case to the higher-ups and puts forth his demands for redressal. But the authority, in order to avoid embarassment to his organisation or to himself, is not in a position to expose the entire material or evidence which in turn tell upon the credibility of the organisation. In such circumstances, he will usually call for an investigation to satisfy the complainant, but will not be keen in disposing the case. The authority will drag on the issue, (at the same time pretending to be serious) until the seriousness of the issue dies down and no finality is reached. So, ' The investigation on the issue by the authority is an eye-wash'.
Not wash - If a story or explanation will not wash, it is not credible.
One hand washes the other - This idiom means that we need other people to get on as cooperation benefits us all.
Wash your hands of something - If you wash your hands of something, you disassociate yourself and accept no responsibility for what will happen.


In literature:

At the commencement of a marriage or other ceremonial feast the host must wash the feet of all the guests himself.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
On wash days all the neighbors would send several of their women to the creek to do the family wash.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
Like to have a good wash?
"To The West" by George Manville Fenn
Sponge all over with hot water and wash with M'Clinton's soap; then sponge all over with cold water.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
When washed, it should be done with salt water, wiping it dry; but frequent washing injures it.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
For the honour of washing the Maharaja's foot Rs.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Of course, if you have to think of the washing, too, I won't say a word and I'll try to be happy in these.
"Mary Rose of Mifflin" by Frances R. Sterrett
All six of us families used to wash at the lake in summer.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Whoever saw water in the channel, or "wash," of the Mohave?
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Mix, and apply it in the evening and wash it off in the morning.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
The doctor washed his hands and his tools, pulled on his coat, and came across to the patient.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
Then came the monotonous digging and washing, with its inevitable unsuccessful issue.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
But I'm almost sure it's a deep wide wash, with steep walls.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
Bone and wash it, and tie it across and across with a piece of mat string washed clean.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Suppose he asks them to wash themselves!
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
But sometimes the oil is washed off the surface of your hands, as when you wash an article in gasoline or strong soap.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
Coyoting is not confined to the dry washing, but is used also by miners washing with the pan and cradle.
"Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining" by John S. Hittell
That one washing her hands can stay yellow.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
I incline to the opinion that poor women rarely wash their cunts inside, their piddle does all the washing.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
If it is old and marred, it should be washed with warm water and soap, and oiled with a good furniture-polish.
"Guide to Hotel Housekeeping" by Mary E. Palmer

In poetry:

No blood of beasts on altars shed
Could wash the conscience clean;
But the rich sacrifice he paid
Atones for all our sin.
"Psalm 40 Part 2" by Isaac Watts
Like sea-washed sand upon the shore,
So fine and clean the tale,
So clear and bright I almost see,
The flashing of a sail.
"On A Clean Book" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
They, entering at his palace-door,
Will shun the lofty seat;
Will gird themselves, and water pour,
And wash each other's feet;
"The Mother of Zebedee's Children" by George MacDonald
Awake from guilty nature's sleep,
And Christ shall give you light,
Cast all your sins into the deep,
And wash the Æthiop white.
"O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing" by Charles Wesley
It is his will that he look forth
Across the world he won —
The granite of the ancient North —
Great spaces washed with sun.
"The Burial" by Rudyard Kipling
"I have a widowed mother who
Would be the very thing for you -
She long has loved you from afar:
She washes for you, CAPTAIN R."
"Captain Reece" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

A car wash fundraiser will be held Saturday at the J.T.
A reminder to shoppers who use reusable grocery bags: Don't forget to wash them after you've emptied them.
3 leaves Romaine Lettuce, washed and torn into bite-size pieces.
Dean Wilson of Clarkston, Wash.
Memorial services will be held in Snohomish, Wash. Cremation is under the direction of Rost Funeral Home.
The line features a Foaming Wash and Daily Scrub, and the company said the products are powerful on problem areas but gentle enough for everyday use.
The weather was great, the hotdogs were cooked to perfection and the suds were flying at the Grand Opening of the Blue Crab Car Wash Saturday, Oct 22, at 9826 Stringfellow Road.
The Blue Crab Car Wash has been reopened by Liz and John Ruehl.
2 pints blueberries, washed and drained.
Byredo Parfums Launches Body Washes and Lotions.
Margaret Marie (Iyall) Olsen of Raymond, Wash. Died on Thursday, Novenber 15, 2012, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash.
Exposure to trace amounts of baby soaps and shampoos , commonly stocked in grocery stores certain chemicals found in these soaps and shampoos -- including polyquarternium-11 and Relief Creamy Wash and Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo .
Twelve Speedy Wash 101 machines washed up to 1000 vehicles a day at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
Speedy Wash will be the bus washing success of the decade.
An eternal truth washes ashore in Howard Beach, Queens, where the general odor is one of "socks you didn't wash for a while".

In science:

Sandage, A. 1961, The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies, Carnegie Inst. of Wash.
Mid-Infrared Galaxy Morphology from the Spitzer Survey of Stellar Structure in Galaxies (S^4G): The Imprint of the de Vaucouleurs Revised Hubble-Sandage Classification System at 3.6 microns
The pores are then washed in de-ionized water to remove excess Se−− .
A Self Assembled Nanoelectronic Quantum Computer Based on the Rashba Effect in Quantum Dots
Free-fall and E¨ot-Wash experiments originally performed to search for fifth force.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
Interpreted as tests of WEP (corresponding to the limit of infinite-range forces), the results of two representative experiments from this period: the free-fall Galileo experiment, and the early E¨ot-Wash experiment, are shown in Figure 1.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
If one adopts the more recent WEP test by the UW E¨ot-Wash group , one gets an η uncertainty of 0.0005.
Improving LLR Tests of Gravitational Theory
If one adopts the more recent WEP test by the UW E¨ot-Wash group , one gets an η uncertainty of 0.0005.
35 Years of Testing Relativistic Gravity: Where do we go from here?
In addition, the gradient itself will be washed out by the turbulence unless there is some mechanism continually producing it.
Interstellar Turbulence II: Implications and Effects
There were many experiments to detect the effect in the 1950s and 1960s, but most were inconclusive, because the forces were so small, and it was very difficult to keep various interfering phenomena from washing out the effect .
The Casimir effect: Recent controversies and progress
We prefer the sum value because it provides a weighted average of the abundances derived from each line of the multiplet and it washes out possible departures from the LTE predictions inside the multiplet.
A reappraisal of the chemical composition of the Orion nebula based on VLT echelle spectrophotometry
This problem has been convincingly washed out by the results of Bertone & White (2006), who, by combining N-body simulations and semianalytical descriptions of the winds, find that winds do not sensibly alter the statistical properties of the Lyα forest.
The First Cosmic Structures and their Effects
In addition, strong-coupling effects tend to wash out the singularities in the density of states, which leads to an additional suppression of the coherence peak as discussed in Ref. .
Superconductivity of Magnesium Diboride: Theoretical Aspects
The relative phase relation has been washed out as claimed in .
Rebuttal to a Paper on Wormholes
Free-fall” and E¨ot-Wash experiments, along with numerous others between 1986 and 1990, were originally performed to search for a fifth force.
Was Einstein Right? Testing Relativity at the Centenary
In the lowest resolution run the density maxima visible in the higher resolution runs at the top and bottom of the domain are largely washed out.
Smoothed Particle Magnetohydrodynamics III. Multidimensional tests and the div B = 0 constraint
The free-fal l and E¨ot-Wash experiments were original ly performed to search for a fifth force (green region, representing many experiments).
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment