SKIP TO CONTENT

washing

Definitions of washing
  1. noun
    the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
    synonyms: lavation, wash
    see moresee less
    types:
    show 12 types...
    hide 12 types...
    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
  2. noun
    garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering
    synonyms: laundry, wash, washables
    see moresee less
    type of:
    garment
    an article of clothing
    household linen, white goods
    drygoods for household use that are typically made of white cloth
Word Family
EDITOR’S CHOICE

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.

SAT/PSAT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

TOEFL

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

ACT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week