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[dish-wosh-er, -waw-sher] /ˈdɪʃˌwɒʃ ər, -ˌwɔ ʃər/
a person who washes dishes.
a machine for washing dishes, kitchen utensils, etc., automatically.
Origin of dishwasher
1520-30; dish + washer Unabridged
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  • So he helped cheerily as dishwasher and assistant housemaid, this gunfighting sheriff of Badger.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • If it's a dishwasher for Ma that you want, why, I'll have to get one, that's all.

    In Apple-Blossom Time Clara Louise Burnham
  • The soulless machine that had been clearing the table floated out of the room, the dishwasher in its rectangular belly gurgling.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • The very thought of her, a dishwasher in a country hotel, going on the stage!

    The Homesteader Oscar Micheaux
  • When the dirty side is full, the clean side is empty, so you cycle the dishwasher and the clean side becomes dirty and vice-versa.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for dishwasher


an electrically operated machine for washing, rinsing, and drying dishes, cutlery, etc
a person who washes dishes, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dishwasher

also dish-washer, mid-15c. of persons; 1867 of machines; from dish (n.) + washer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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