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backwash

[bak-wosh, -wawsh] /ˈbækˌwɒʃ, -ˌwɔʃ/
noun
1.
Nautical. water thrown backward by the motion of oars, propellers, paddle wheels, etc.
2.
Aeronautics. the portion of the wash of an aircraft that flows to the rear, usually created by the power plant.
Compare wash (def 31).
3.
a condition, usually undesirable, that continues long after the event which caused it.
verb (used with object)
4.
to affect, as by hitting, rocking, or splashing, with a backwash:
a powerful cutter backwashing the skiers.
5.
to clean out (a clogged filter) by reversing the flow of fluid:
Backwash the swimming pool's filters regularly.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; back2 + wash
Related forms
backwasher, noun
Synonyms
3. aftermath, consequence, result, upshot.
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British Dictionary definitions for back washing

backwash

/ˈbækˌwɒʃ/
noun
1.
a sucking movement of water, such as that of retreating waves Compare swash (sense 4)
2.
water washed backwards by the motion of oars or other propelling devices
3.
the backward flow of air set up by an aircraft's engines
4.
a condition resulting from a previous event; repercussion
verb
5.
(transitive) to remove oil from (combed wool)
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Word Origin and History for back washing

backwash

n.

1876, "motion of a receeding wave," from back (adj.) + wash (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for back washing

backwash

noun

Something drunk that is regurgitated or spit back out

verb

To regurgitate or spit back out liquid


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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