Wash

Noun

  • Waste liquid, the refuse of food, the collection from washed dishes, etc., from a kitchen, often used as food for pigs; pigwash.
  • The process or an instance of washing or being washed by water or other liquid.

    "I'm going to have a quick wash before coming to bed."

  • A thin coat of metal laid on anything for beauty or preservation.
  • The quantity of clothes washed at a time.

    "There's a lot in that wash: maybe you should split it into two piles."

  • The wake of a moving ship.

    "The ship left a big wash"

  • Ten strikes, or bushels, of oysters.
  • A lotion or other liquid with medicinal or hygienic properties.

    "mouth wash"

  • A piece of ground washed by the action of water, or sometimes covered and sometimes left dry; the shallowest part of a river, or arm of the sea; also, a bog; a marsh.
  • An situation in which losses and gains or advantages and disadvantages are equivalent; a situation in which there is no net change.
  • A mixture of dunder, molasses, water, and scummings, used in the West Indies for distillation.
  • A liquid used for washing.
  • The backward current or disturbed water caused by the action of oars, or of a steamer's screw or paddles, etc.
  • The sound of breaking of the seas, e.g., on the shore.

    "I could hear the wash of the wave."

  • The turbulence left in the air by a moving airplane.
  • Ground washed away to the sea or a river.
  • In arid and semi-arid regions, the normally dry bed of an intermittent or ephemeral stream; an arroyo or wadi.
  • In distilling, the fermented wort before the spirit is extracted.
  • The process or an instance of washing or being washed by water or other liquid.

    "My jacket needs a wash."

  • (nautical) The blade of an oar.
  • (art) A smooth and translucent painting created using a paintbrush holding a large amount of solvent and a small amount of paint.
  • (architecture) The upper surface of a member or material when given a slope to shed water; hence, a structure or receptacle shaped so as to receive and carry off water.

    "a carriage wash in a stable"

  • The wake of a moving ship.

    "Sail away from the wash to avoid rocking the boat."

  • A lotion or other liquid with medicinal or hygienic properties.

    "hand wash"

  • A shallow body of water.

Verb

  • To clean with water.

    "The car is so dirty, we need to wash it."

  • (transitive) To move or erode by the force of water in motion.

    "The flood washed away houses."

  • (transitive) To cover with water or any liquid; to wet; to fall on and moisten.

    "Waves wash the shore."

  • (intransitive, figuratively) To be cogent, convincing; to withstand critique.
  • To cover with a thin or watery coat of colour; to tint lightly and thinly.
  • (transitive) To pass (a gas or gaseous mixture) through or over a liquid for the purpose of purifying it, especially by removing soluble constituents.
  • (transitive) To move or erode by the force of water in motion.

    "Heavy rains wash a road or an embankment."

  • (intransitive) To clean oneself with water.

    "I wash every morning after getting up."

  • (intransitive) To be eroded or carried away by the action of water.
  • (intransitive) To be wasted or worn away by the action of water, as by a running or overflowing stream, or by the dashing of the sea; said of road, a beach, etc.
  • (transitive) To cause dephosphorization of (molten pig iron) by adding substances containing iron oxide, and sometimes manganese oxide.
  • To clean with water.

    "Dishwashers wash dishes much more efficiently than most humans."

  • (mining) To separate valuable material (such as gold) from worthless material by the action of flowing water.
  • (intransitive) To move with a lapping or swashing sound; to lap or splash.

    "to hear the water washing"

  • (intransitive) To bear without injury the operation of being washed.

    "Some calicoes do not wash."

  • To overlay with a thin coat of metal.

    "steel washed with silver"

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