back-washed

backwash

[bak-wosh, -wawsh]
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:
1765–75; back2 + wash

backwasher, noun


3. aftermath, consequence, result, upshot.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To back-washed
Collins
World English Dictionary
backwash (ˈbækˌwɒʃ)
 
n
1.  Compare swash a sucking movement of water, such as that of retreating waves
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
 
vb
5.  (tr) to remove oil from (combed wool)

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

backwash
1876, Motion of a receeding wave," from back + wash.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature