wash

Primary Meanings of wash

1.
vn
clean with some chemical process
the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
2.
vn
wash or flow against
the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway)
3.
vn
apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to
a thin coat of water-base paint
4.
n
the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)
5.
n
the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller
6.
n
a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other
7.
n
any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out
8.
v
admit to testing or proof
Full Definitions of wash
1

v clean with some chemical process

Synonyms:
rinse
wash away, wash off, wash out
remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent
launder
cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water
Types:
elute
wash out with a solvent, as in chromatography
Type of:
process, serve, swear out
deliver a warrant or summons to someone

v cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water

Wash the towels, please!”
Synonyms:
launder
rinse
clean with some chemical process
Types:
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water-wash
wash with water
wash out
wash free from unwanted substances, such as dirt
powerwash, pressure-wash
wash before painting to remove old paint and mildew
suds
wash in suds
rinse, rinse off
wash off soap or remaining dirt
cradle
wash in a cradle
stone-wash, stonewash
wash with stones to achieve a worn appearance
hand-wash, handwash
wash or launder by hand instead of with a machine
machine wash, machine-wash
wash by machine
acid-wash
wash with acid so as to achieve a bleached look
flush, purge, scour
rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid
Type of:
clean, make clean
make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from

v cleanse (one's body) with soap and water

Synonyms:
lave
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sponge down
wash with a sponge
scrub, scrub up
wash thoroughly
gargle, rinse
rinse one's mouth and throat with mouthwash
shampoo
use shampoo on (hair)
hush
wash by removing particles
condition
apply conditioner to in order to make smooth and shiny
Type of:
clean, cleanse
clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing

v to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking

“The cat washes several times a day”
Synonyms:
lave
cleanse (one's body) with soap and water
Type of:
clean, cleanse
clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing

v 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”
Synonyms:
wash away, wash off, wash out
rinse
clean with some chemical process
wash out
wash free from unwanted substances, such as dirt
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v be capable of being washed

“Does this material wash?”
Synonyms:
launder
cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

n the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)

Synonyms:
lavation, washing
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bathing, washup
the act of washing yourself (or another person)
ablution
the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
dishwashing, washup
the act of washing dishes
washing-up
the washing of dishes etc after a meal
window-washing
the activity of washing windows
rinse
washing lightly without soap
soak, soaking
washing something by allowing it to soak
laundering
washing clothes and bed linens
shower, shower bath
washing yourself by standing upright under water sprayed from a nozzle
bath
you soak and wash your body in a bathtub
sponge bath
you wash your body with a sponge or washcloth instead of in a bathtub
Turkish bath, steam bath, vapor bath, vapour bath
you sweat in a steam room before getting a rubdown and cold shower
Type of:
work
activity directed toward making or doing something

n garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering

Synonyms:
laundry, washables, washing
Type of:
garment
an article of clothing
household linen, white goods
drygoods for household use that are typically made of white cloth
2

v wash or flow against

Synonyms:
lap, lave
Type of:
flow
cover or swamp with water

v move by or as if by water

“The swollen river washed away the footbridge”
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v make moist

Synonyms:
dampen, moisten
Types:
humidify, moisturise, moisturize
make (more) humid
baste
cover with liquid before cooking
hydrate
cause to be hydrated; add water or moisture to
Type of:
wet
cause to become wet

v form by erosion

“The river washed a ravine into the mountainside”
Type of:
eat away, erode, fret
remove soil or rock

v separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)

Synonyms:
rinse
clean with some chemical process
Types:
pan, pan off, pan out
wash dirt in a pan to separate out the precious minerals
Type of:
separate
divide into components or constituents

n the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway)

Synonyms:
washout
Types:
rain-wash
the washing away of soil or other loose material by rain
Type of:
soil erosion
the washing away of soil by the flow of water
3

v apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to

Types:
whitewash
cover with whitewash
calcimine
cover with calcimine
Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered

n a thin coat of water-base paint

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blackwash
a wash that colors a surface black
calcimine
a water-base paint containing zinc oxide and glue and coloring; used as a wash for walls and ceilings
color wash, colour wash
a wash of whitewash or other water-base paint tinted with a colored pigment
whitewash
wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces
Type of:
water-base paint
paint in which water is used as the vehicle
4

n the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)

Synonyms:
dry wash
Type of:
creek bed, streambed
a channel occupied (or formerly occupied) by a stream
5

n the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller

Synonyms:
airstream, backwash, race, slipstream
Type of:
flow
any uninterrupted stream or discharge
6

n a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other

Synonyms:
wash drawing
Type of:
water-color, water-colour, watercolor, watercolour
a painting produced with watercolors
7

n any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out

“at the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash
Type of:
business activity, commercial activity
activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise
8

v admit to testing or proof

“This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court”
Type of:
stand
be in effect; be or remain in force

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