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washing machine

an apparatus, especially a household appliance, for washing clothing, linens, etc.
Also called washer.
Origin of washing machine
1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for washing machine
  • Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when full.
  • Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they are completely full.
  • Its residents dutifully cart buckets of used shower and washing machine water outside to their gardens.
  • Running your iPod through a washing machine cycle might not be fatal, but it's certainly not a good idea.
  • The original reader was the size of a washing machine.
  • Even washing dishes in a restaurant today requires capital for the dish washing machine.
  • We should require every household to buy a new, more energy efficient washing machine.
  • Today you'd get more processing power out of a washing machine.
  • Not the way the washing machine or the cell phone changed the way life happens.
  • There's something the matter with your washing machine, he told her.
British Dictionary definitions for washing machine

washing machine

a mechanical apparatus, usually powered by electricity, for washing clothing, linens, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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washing machine in Technology
An old-style 14-inch hard disk in a floor-standing cabinet. So called because of the size of the cabinet and the "top-loading" access to the media packs - and, of course, they were always set on "spin cycle". The thick channel cables connecting these were called "bit hoses". The washing-machine idiom transcends language barriers; it is even used in Russian hacker jargon.
See also walking drives.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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