Definition and Meanings for wash

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Part of Speech of wash

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun, adjective

Etymology of wash

oe. waschen, as. wascan; akin to d. wasschen, g. waschen, ohg. wascan, icel. & sw. vaska, dan. vaske, and perhaps to e. water. root150

Meaning of wash


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.
  • to cover with water or any liquid; to wet; to fall on and moisten; hence, to overflow or dash against; as, waves wash the shore.
  • to waste or abrade by the force of water in motion; as, heavy rains wash a road or an embankment.
  • to remove by washing to take away by, or as by, the action of water; to drag or draw off as by the tide; -- often with away, off, out, etc.; as, to wash dirt from the hands.
  • to cover with a thin or watery coat of color; to tint lightly and thinly.
  • to overlay with a thin coat of metal; as, steel washed with silver.
  • to cause dephosphorisation of (molten pig iron) by adding substances containing iron oxide, and sometimes manganese oxide.
  • to pass (a gas or gaseous mixture) through or over a liquid for the purpose of purifying it, esp. by removing soluble constituents.

as intransitive verb

  • to perform the act of ablution.
  • to clean anything by rubbing or dipping it in water; to perform the business of cleansing clothes, ore, etc., in water.
  • to bear without injury the operation of being washed; as, some calicoes do not wash.
  • 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.
  • to use washes, as for the face or hair.
  • to move with a lapping or swashing sound, or the like; to lap; splash; as, to hear the water washing.
  • to be accepted as true or valid; to be proven true by subsequent evidence; -- usually used in the negative; as, his alibi won't wash.

as noun

  • the act of washing; an ablution; a cleansing, wetting, or dashing with water; hence, a quantity, as of clothes, washed at once.
  • a piece of ground washed by the action of a sea or river, or sometimes covered and sometimes left dry; the shallowest part of a river, or arm of the sea; also, a bog; a marsh; a fen; as, the washes in lincolnshire.
  • substances collected and deposited by the action of water; as, the wash of a sewer, of a river, etc.
  • waste liquid, the refuse of food, the collection from washed dishes, etc., from a kitchen, often used as food for pigs.
  • the fermented wort before the spirit is extracted.;a mixture of dunder, molasses, water, and scummings, used in the west indies for distillation.
  • that with which anything is washed, or wetted, smeared, tinted, etc., upon the surface.
  • a liquid cosmetic for the complexion.
  • a liquid dentifrice.
  • a liquid preparation for the hair; as, a hair wash.
  • a medical prepa

    No antonyms for wash

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