|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|—vb (often foll by away, |
|1.||to apply water or other liquid, usually with soap, to (oneself, clothes, etc) in order to cleanse|
|3.||(intr) to be capable of being washed without damage or loss of colour|
|4.||(of an animal such as a cat) to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking|
|5.||(tr) to cleanse from pollution or defilement|
|6.||(tr) to make wet or moist|
|7.||to move or be moved by water: the flood washed away the bridge|
|8.||(esp of waves) to flow or sweep against or over (a surface or object), often with a lapping sound|
|9.||to form by erosion or be eroded: the stream washed a ravine in the hill|
|10.||(tr) to apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc, to|
|11.||(tr) to separate (ore, precious stones, etc) from (gravel, earth, or sand) by immersion in water|
|12.||informal chiefly (Brit) (intr; usually used with a negative) to admit of testing or proof: your excuses won't wash with me this time|
|13.||wash one's hands|
|a. euphemistic to go to the lavatory|
|14.||the act or process of washing; ablution|
|15.||a quantity of articles washed together|
|16.||a preparation or thin liquid used as a coating or in washing: a thin wash of paint; a hair wash|
|a. any medicinal or soothing lotion for application to a part of the body|
|b. (in combination): an eyewash|
|18.||the flow of water, esp waves, against a surface, or the sound made by such a flow|
|19.||a. the technique of making wash drawings|
|b. See wash drawing|
|20.||the erosion of soil by the action of flowing water|
|21.||a mass of alluvial material transported and deposited by flowing water|
|22.||land that is habitually washed by tidal or river waters|
|23.||the disturbance in the air or water produced at the rear of an aircraft, boat, or other moving object|
|24.||gravel, earth, etc, from which valuable minerals may be washed|
|25.||waste liquid matter or liquid refuse, esp as fed to pigs; swill|
|26.||an alcoholic liquid resembling strong beer, resulting from the fermentation of wort in the production of whisky|
|27.||informal come out in the wash to become known or apparent in the course of time|
|[Old English wæscan, waxan; related to Old High German wascan; see |
|1.||a person or thing that washes|
|2.||a flat ring or drilled disc of metal used under the head of a bolt or nut to spread the load when tightened|
|3.||any flat ring of rubber, felt, metal, etc, used to provide a seal under a nut or in a tap or valve seat|
|4.||See washing machine|
|5.||chemical engineering a device for cleaning or washing gases or vapours; scrubber|
|6.||(Austral) a face cloth; flannel|
v. washed, wash·ing, wash·es
To cleanse, using water or other liquid, usually with soap, detergent, or bleach, by immersing, dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing.
To make moist or wet.
The act or process of cleansing or washing.
A solution used to cleanse or bathe a part.
machine component that is used in conjunction with a screw fastener such as a bolt and nut and that usually serves either to keep the screw from loosening or to distribute the load from the nut or bolt head over a larger area. For load distribution, thin flat rings of soft steel are usual.
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