• WordNet 3.6
    • n washer a home appliance for washing clothes and linens automatically
    • n washer seal consisting of a flat disk placed to prevent leakage
    • n washer someone who washes things for a living
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Washer (Plumbing) A fitting, usually having a plug, applied to a cistern, tub, sink, or the like, and forming the outlet opening.
    • Washer A ring of metal, leather, or other material, or a perforated plate, used for various purposes, as around a bolt or screw to form a seat for the head or nut, or around a wagon axle to prevent endwise motion of the hub of the wheel and relieve friction, or in a joint to form a packing, etc.
    • Washer One who, or that which, washes.
    • Washer (Zoöl) Same as Washerwoman, 2.
    • Washer (Zoöl) The common raccoon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n washer One who or that which washes: as, a washer of clothes; a dish-washer; a wool-washer.
    • n washer An annular piece of leather, rubber, metal, or other material placed at a joint in a water-pipe or faucet to make the joint tight and prevent leakage, or over a bolt, or a similar piece upon which a nut may be screwed. Washers serve as cushions or packing between many parts of machines, rails, vehicles, and iron structures. When used in buildings at the ends of tie-rods, they are often of large size and diverse shapes, and are called specifically wall-washers. Some forms are used as locks, to prevent a nut from shaking loose, as in a railroad fish-plate. Such washers are made in the shape of a spring, to allow a certain amount of vibration without disturbing the nut. See lock-nut, and cuts under bolt, packing, and plug-cock.
    • n washer A similar article forming an ornament, as at the socket or pin that holds any adjustable utensil: as, the mother-of-pearl washers of a fan. Compare rosette.
    • n washer In paper manufacturing, a straining-and-washing machine used in the process of cleaning rags, to bring them to a pulpy condition; a beating-engine.
    • n washer In plumbing, the outlet of a cistern. It includes the pipe, the joint or union, and the plug, as for a basin.
    • n washer A washing-machine: as, a clothes-washer, window-washer, gold-washer.
    • n washer In coal-mining (short for coal-washer), any machine for washing coal. In the Pennsylvania anthracite region the coal is sometimes washed by jets of water, and separated from the slate, pyrites, and other refuse by jigging. The number of machines which have been invented in different countries for washing coal is very great, but most of them are based on some form or modification of the jig of the metal-miner.
    • n washer The wagtail, a bird. Also dish-washer, peggy dish-washer, moll-washer, molly or polly wash dish, washtail, nanny washtail, etc. See cut under wagtail.
    • n washer The wash-bear.
    • washer To fit with washers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Washer one who washes: a flat ring of iron or leather between the nave of a wheel and the linch-pin, under the head of a screw, &c.—v.t to lift with washers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. wæscere,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wascan; Ice. vaska, Ger. waschen.


In literature:

A rough washer, under each nut, prevents it from cutting into the back-board.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 365, December 30, 1882" by Various
This will require 26 washers in all.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
Well, I'm glad o' that, for I felt as it took off a bit of the washer-womany, night-gowny idea.
"In the Mahdi's Grasp" by George Manville Fenn
The deck-washer touched his cap.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
The rivets and washers should be made of the best wrought copper, and must be well tinned before being used.
"Fire Prevention and Fire Extinction" by James Braidwood
He had become decidedly friendly with the night washer, a youngster from Minneapolis.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
To the end of his weapon he fitted an iron washer taken from the bedstead.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
We all expressed ourselves delighted, except Halse, who desired to be Catcher, instead of Assistant Washer.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
He was the son of the royal plate-washer.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
These consist of brass screws and copper washers.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John

In poetry:

Here is a scrap of red and brown,
Like the old washer-woman's gown;
And here is muslin, pink and green,
And bits of calico between;
"The Sparrow's Nest" by Mary Botham Howitt
To the Washer who whiteneth sin,
Whose cloud blotteth evil within,
Whose forgiveness repentance can win,
Blow ye at New Moon the trumpet.
"Blow Ye The Trumpet" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
Neither like one, whose filthy face,
Is white-wash'd with an Act of Grace.
The creditor is basely trick'd,
His hands are tied, his pocket pick'd.
Which is the worst, can it be said,
The white-washer or white-washed?
"The Jack Daw" by William Hutton

In news:

Dad screws up, but kid is fine: Washer starts with toddler inside.
The top-loading washer continues to disappear, thanks to the usual nanny state suspects.
There are times when it would be nice to have a power washer, but they can be pricey.
Drought should help waterless DIY washers.
On my way into work in late April, I happened to see some window washer s hanging from the roof of 100 Front St in downtown Worcester.
The window washer who plummeted four stories from a SoHo building and landed on his head was in grave condition Saturday, police said.
"I knew I needed a real window-washer , but I didn't know where to find one," Martin said.
News / Chicagoland The window-washer pipeline.
One of the worst problems to have in the wintertime is windshield washers that don't work.
If you have filled up the washer fluid tank and they still don't work, here are a few things that you can look for to get it fixed.
In the era of foreclosures, I picked up a two-year-old high-efficiency washer and dryer set.
Be sure to check with the owner or agency to see if your rental includes a washer and dryer, dishwasher, and air conditioning (many European rentals do not).
Roofing nails (one for each record) Vinyl washers (one for each record).
Dürr Ecoclean's Universal 81W chamber parts washer is for basket cleaning.
SEP -900 Mobile Train Washer.

In science:

The rings are connected with 1 MΩ resistors and separated by nylon washers to keep periodicity at 1 cm.
Transport properties of electrons in CF4
This method requires low critical currents IC of the junction and low inductances L of the SQUID washer, as the SQUID enters the hysteretic regime when βf ′ (ϕ) > 1, where β = 2πLIC /Φ0 is the normalized critical current and f ′ (ϕ) = df (ϕ)/dϕ.
Supercurrent-phase relationship of a Nb/InAs(2DES)/Nb Josephson junction in overlapping geometry
We achieve this by reducing the geometric dimensions of the junction and the loop and by complex washer designs.
Supercurrent-phase relationship of a Nb/InAs(2DES)/Nb Josephson junction in overlapping geometry
The presented junction is connected to six SQUID washers in parallel with an integrated flux transformer, for an inductance of L = 17 pH and optimized coupling to the tank circuit. A similar transformer is described and depicted in Ref. 1.
Supercurrent-phase relationship of a Nb/InAs(2DES)/Nb Josephson junction in overlapping geometry
Zakosarenko for help with the washer design and gratefully acknowledge financial support by the European Science Foundation via the PiShift program and by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft via the SFB 508 Quantenmaterialien. M.G. wants to acknowledge partial support by Grant Nos.
Supercurrent-phase relationship of a Nb/InAs(2DES)/Nb Josephson junction in overlapping geometry