follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

washer

[wosh-er, waw-sher] /ˈwɒʃ ər, ˈwɔ ʃər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that washes.
3.
a flat ring or perforated piece of leather, rubber, metal, etc., used to give tightness to a joint, to prevent leakage, to distribute pressure, etc., as under the head of a nut or bolt.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English; see wash, -er1
Related forms
washerless, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for washerless

washer

/ˈwɒʃə/
noun
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
5.
(chemical engineering) a device for cleaning or washing gases or vapours; scrubber
6.
(Austral) a face cloth; flannel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for washerless

washer

n.

"flat ring for sealing joints or holding nuts," mid-14c., generally considered an agent noun of wash (v.), but the sense connection is difficult, and the noun may derive instead from the ancestor of French vis "screw, vise."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for washerless

washer

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.

Learn more about washer with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for washer

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for washerless

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends