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[rin-sing] /ˈrɪn sɪŋ/
an act or instance of rinsing.
Usually, rinsings. the liquid with which anything has been rinsed.
Origin of rinsing
1325-75; Middle English rinsynge. See rinse, -ing1


[rins] /rɪns/
verb (used with object), rinsed, rinsing.
to wash lightly, as by pouring water into or over or by dipping in water:
to rinse a cup.
to douse or drench in clean water as a final stage in washing.
to remove (soap, dirt, etc.) by such a process (often followed by off).
to use a rinse on (the hair).
an act or instance of rinsing.
the water used for rinsing.
any preparation that may be used on the hair after washing, especially to tint or condition the hair.
an act or instance of using such a preparation on the hair.
1300-50; Middle English ryncen < Middle French rincer, Old French recincier < Vulgar Latin *recentiāre to make new, refresh, equivalent to Latin recent- (stem of recēns) fresh, recent + connective -i- + -āre infinitive suffix
Related forms
rinsable, rinseable, adjective
rinsability, rinseability, noun
prerinse, verb (used with object), prerinsed, prerinsing.
prerinse, noun
unrinsed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rinsing
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  • Mouth-washes, it must be remembered, are as much used for rinsing the mouth after smoking as for a dentifrice.

    The Art of Perfumery G. W. Septimus Piesse
  • The washing and rinsing had to take place in the sacristy itself.

    Laurus Nobilis Vernon Lee
  • Wash the inside with a cloth, rinsing thoroughly, allowing plenty of water to run through the turkey.

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • The mere Gabet, now free of her rheumatism, was able to help in the soaping and rinsing.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Have two pans half full of water; one with soapy water, the other with clear hot water for rinsing.

  • Which of them, if any, would it have been well to put in the rinsing water?

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • This process expels suds that rinsing cannot remove: it must be done very dexterously to avoid tearing or damaging the material.

  • It will then be possible to mop up a little more of the rinsing liquid.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
British Dictionary definitions for rinsing


verb (transitive)
to remove soap from (clothes, etc) by applying clean water in the final stage in washing
to wash lightly, esp without using soap: to rinse one's hands
to give a light tint to (hair)
the act or an instance of rinsing
(hairdressing) a liquid preparation put on the hair when wet to give a tint to it: a blue rinse
Derived Forms
rinsable, rinsible, adjective
rinsability, rinsibility, noun
rinser, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French rincer, from Latin recens fresh, new
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Word Origin and History for rinsing



c.1300 "subject to light washing; wash with water only" (mid-13c. in surname Rinsfet), from Old French reincier (transitive) "to wash, cleanse" (12c., Modern French rincer), probably dissimilated from recincier, from Vulgar Latin *recentiare "to make fresh, to wash, cleanse with water," from Late Latin recentare "to make fresh," from Latin recens "new, fresh" (see recent). OED says similarity in form and sense with Old Norse hreinsa is "prob[ably] accidental." Meaning "wash a second time to remove remaining impurities, soap, etc." is from 1520s. Related: Rinsed; rinsing.


1837, from rinse (v.). As a hair treatment, by 1928.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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