• "The cat washed the jackdaw in its turn."
    "The cat washed the jackdaw in its turn."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n washing the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
    • n washing garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering
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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
    • Washing A thin covering or coat; as, a washing of silver.
    • Washing (Mining) Gold dust procured by washing; also, a place where this is done; a washery.
    • Washing The act of one who washes; the act of cleansing with water; ablution.
    • Washing The clothes washed, esp. at one time; a wash.
    • Washing (Pottery) The covering of a piece with an infusible powder, which prevents it from sticking to its supports, while receiving the glaze.
    • Washing (Stock Exchanges) The operation of simultaneously buying and selling the same stock for the purpose of manipulating the market. The transaction is fictitious, and is prohibited by stock-exchange rules.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Washing machines use anywhere from 40 to 200 litres of water per load
    • n washing The purification of molten cast-iron by additions to the bath of metal in the hearth of a furnace; specifically the oxidization of phosphorus and sulphur by the addition of ores of pure oxid of iron, or those that contain manganese oxid.
    • n washing The act of cleansing with water; ablution. Ceremonial washing has been practised in ancient and modern times and among various peoples. The principal ceremonial washings in the modern Christian church are two: washing of feet, in commemoration of the washing of the feet of the disciples by Christ (see foot); and washing of the hands, especially in connection with the celebration of the eucharist. In the Western Church, as well as in the Greek and other Oriental churches, the priest washes his hands before celebration. In the Western Church he also washes his fingers after the offertory and at the end of the eucharistic office. See ablution, lavabo, purification, and holy water (under water).
    • n washing Clothes washed, especially those washed at one time: awash.
    • n washing The result of washing; that which is washed from something else, as gold dust.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average number of pillowcases washed a day at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas is 15,000
    • Washing the act of cleansing by water: the clothes washed, esp. at one time: what is washed
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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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wascan; Ice. vaska, Ger. waschen.


In literature:

She took care of all her and Miss Liddie's babies and washed their hippins.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
Ammonia, for example, is readily dissipated in the atmosphere or washed away by rain.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
After breakfast came the task of washing the dishes.
"Holiday Stories for Young People" by Various
The screws must be loosened after each washing and thoroughly dried.
"The Complete Home" by Various
But great WRATH came upon him; for in one night his house, with all in it, including himself, was washed away.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
And then I'd like to wash.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Playing Circus" by Laura Lee Hope
I'm just about ready to wash my hands of the whole business.
"The Banner Boy Scouts" by George A. Warren
Wash with egg wash and bake twenty minutes in hot oven.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
Wash the pods, which should be green, crisp and plump, before shelling, then the peas will not require washing.
"Public School Domestic Science" by Mrs. J. Hoodless
Dat was wash day for slave 'omans.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration

In poetry:

Conscious of Deity within,
To bow before an heir of sin,
With folded arms on humble breast,
By His own servant washed and blest:-
"Tuesday In Whitsun-Week" by John Keble
Ever whitening, ever whitening,
As thy waves against them dash;
What thy torrent, in the current,
Swallow'd, now it helps to wash.
"To A River In Which A Child Was Drowned" by Charles Lamb
Who is as the Christian great?
Bought and washed with sacred blood,
Crowns he sees beneath his feet.
Soars aloft and walks with God.
"True Greatness" by Charles Wesley
O wash my soul from every sin,
And make my guilty conscience clean;
Here on my heart the burden lies,
And past offences pain my eyes.
"Psalm 51 part 1" by Isaac Watts
He heard the loud winds blow along,
And the billows wash his living grave;
For he was shut from all the earth
Within that gloomy cave!
"The Prophetess Of The Oracle Of Seam" by Anne Bannerman
Then the beauteous cheeks adorning,
Thou diffusest sweetest gloom,
Lovelier far than dews in morning,
Washing flow'rs of fairest bloom.
"On A Tear" by Thomas Noon Talfourd

In news:

Ikenna Njoku of Auburn, Wash.
Everyone knew Sue's Beauty and Barber Shop was the place to get a wash and a set and a style.
Offended by Wash. Twp GOP mailing.
TAMPA, Fla.- A heart-wrenching scene unfolded in Tampa Tuesday morning, as a mother manatee's body washed ashore on a flooded road.
Like many expanding suburbs, Camas , Wash.
MIAMI — It's not that body parts never wash ashore on Florida beaches.
The $32 million Blaine (Wash.) School District bond appears to have failed.
Car wash opens adjoining drive through and carryout .
It was another sleepless night for Donna Stanger, acting CEO of Edmark Corp. A small education-software developer in Redmond, Wash.
It's not hard – if you can wash your car, you can wash your bike.
Cathy Pfister is part of a team of scientists conducting research on Tatoosh Island, Wash. TATOOSH ISLAND, Wash.
A new survey on hand washing has revealed that 70 percent of Americans always wash their hands after using a public restroom, while 29 percent sometimes skip that ever-important, germ-killing step.
Giant eyeball washes up in Fla. Scientists have some answers about the giant eyeball that washed up on a South Florida beach last week.
Bikini Car Wash Hand Wash Sign.
Flexo Concepts has introduced its QuikWash wash -up system, which cuts wash -up times and solvent consumption in half by using an exclusive plastic wash -up blade to dramatically improve wash -up effectiveness.

In science:

We have already observed that for wF > 0, the homogeneous perfect fluid energy density is rapidly washed out for Γ = 0.
Evolution of Large Scale Curvature Fluctuations During the Perturbative Decay of the Inflaton
If M & O(MPl ) then excellent constrains on chameleon fields come from laboratory tests of the inverse square law (ISL) such as the E¨ot-Wash experiment .
Detecting Chameleons through Casimir Force Measurements
In particular it was shown in for a hierarchical RH neutrino spectrum that a non-zero Ma jorana phase can be the unique source of CP violation contributing to the generation of the baryon asymmetry of the Universe, although the allowed region in the parameter space was small, and mainly in the weak wash-out.
Dirac phase leptogenesis
It can be seen from Fig. 1 that the allowed region is very marginal, and only in the weak wash-out regime, where there is a dependence on the initial conditions.
Dirac phase leptogenesis
Such hot dark matter tends to lead to less clumpiness of galaxy clusters, due to the free streaming effects of such relativistic particles which tends to wash out galaxy structures.
Neutrino Mass