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wash

adjective (a)

  • Washy; weak. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • a thin coat of water-base paint (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water) (noun.act)
    Synonym: lavation, washing
    source: wordnet30
  • the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon) (noun.object)
    Synonym: dry wash
    source: wordnet30
  • the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway) (noun.process)
    Synonym: washout
    Example:
    From the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water.
    source: wordnet30
  • the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller (noun.phenomenon)
    source: wordnet30
  • a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: wash drawing
    source: wordnet30
  • garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out (noun.act)
    Example:
    At the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash.
    source: wordnet30
  • The act of washing; an ablution; a cleansing, wetting, or dashing with water; hence, a quantity, as of clothes, washed at once. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • Gravel and other rock débris transported and deposited by running water; coarse alluvium. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • clean with some chemical process (verb.contact)
    Synonym: rinse
    source: wordnet30
  • cleanse (one's body) with soap and water (verb.body)
    Synonym: lave
    source: wordnet30
  • cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water (verb.contact)
    Synonym: launder
    Example:
    Wash the towels, please!.
    source: wordnet30
  • move by or as if by water (verb.motion)
    Example:
    The swollen river washed away the footbridge.
    source: wordnet30
  • be capable of being washed (verb.stative)
    Example:
    Does this material wash?.
    source: wordnet30
  • admit to testing or proof (verb.stative)
    Example:
    This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court.
    source: wordnet30
  • separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals) (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent (verb.change)
    Example:
    He washed the dirt from his coat.
    The nurse washed away the blood.
    Can you wash away the spots on the windows?.
    He managed to wash out the stains.
    source: wordnet30
  • form by erosion (verb.change)
    Example:
    The river washed a ravine into the mountainside.
    source: wordnet30
  • make moist (verb.change)
    Synonym: dampen, moisten
    source: wordnet30
  • wash or flow against (verb.change)
    Synonym: lap, lave
    source: wordnet30
  • to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking (verb.body)
    Example:
    The cat washes several times a day.
    source: wordnet30
  • To cleanse by ablution, or dipping or rubbing in water; to apply water or other liquid to for the purpose of cleansing; to scrub with water, etc., or as with water; as, to wash the hands or body; to wash garments; to wash sheep or wool; to wash the pavement or floor; to wash the bark of trees. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To perform the act of ablution. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To cause dephosphorisation of (molten pig iron) by adding substances containing iron oxide, and sometimes manganese oxide. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To use washes, as for the face or hair. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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