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  Definition of Wash
  1. the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
  2. any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out; "at the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash"
  3. garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering
  4. a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other
  5. a thin coat of water-base paint
  6. the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)
  7. the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller
  8. the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway); "from the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water"
  9. to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking; "The cat washes several times a day"
  10. cleanse (one''s body) with soap and water
  11. wash or flow against; "the waves laved the shore"
  12. make moist; "The dew moistened the meadows"
  13. form by erosion; "The river washed a ravine into the mountainside"
  14. remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent; "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"
  15. apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to
  16. clean with some chemical process
  17. cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water; "Wash the towels, please!"
  18. separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)
  19. move by or as if by water; "The swollen river washed away the footbridge"
  20. admit to testing or proof; "This silly excuse won''t wash in traffic court"
  21. be capable of being washed; "Does this material wash?"
Similar Words: washing, lavation, laundry, washables, wash drawing, dry wash, slipstream, airstream, race, backwash, washout, lave, lap, moisten, dampen, wash out, wash off, wash away, rinse, launder


See Also: wash up, lave


Hyponyms: washup, bathing, ablution, dishwashing, washing-up, window-washing, rinse, soak, soaking, laundering, blackwash, calcimine, color wash, colour wash, whitewash, rain-wash, sponge down, scrub, scrub up, gargle, shampoo, hush, humidify, moisturize, moisturise, baste, elute, water-wash, wash out, pressure-wash, powerwash, suds, rinse off, cradle, stonewash, stone-wash, handwash, hand-wash, machine wash, machine-wash, acid-wash, pan, pan out, pan off


Grouped Verbs: lave, rinse, wash out, launder, wash off, wash away


Entailments: rinse, rinse off


Derivational Morphology: wash up, lave, launder, rinse, wash out, washing, lavation, lavage, dampener, moistener, moistening, dampening, moisture, wet, laundry, washables, washer, automatic washer, washing machine


Anagrams: shwa, Shaw


Language Translations:
Albanian: lan   Catalan: rentar  
Croatian: umiti   Danish: vaske  
Dutch: wassen   Esperanto: lavi  
Finnish: pestä   French: laver  
German: waschen   Greek: πλένω  
Hebrew: לרחוץ   Hungarian: mos  
Icelandic: þvo   Irish: nigh  
Italian: lavare   Japanese: 洗う  
Persian: شستن   Romanian: a spăla  
Russian: мыть   Spanish: lavar  
Swedish: tvätta   Telugu: కడుగు  
Turkish: yıkamak  
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