washing machine

noun
an apparatus, especially a household appliance, for washing clothing, linens, etc.
Also called washer.


Origin:
1790–1800

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washing machine
 
n
a mechanical apparatus, usually powered by electricity, for washing clothing, linens, etc

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washing machine definition

storage
An old-style 14-inch hard disk in a floor-standing cabinet. So called because of the size of the cabinet and the "top-loading" access to the media packs - and, of course, they were always set on "spin cycle". The thick channel cables connecting these were called "bit hoses". The washing-machine idiom transcends language barriers; it is even used in Russian hacker jargon.
See also walking drives.
(1995-02-15)
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Example sentences
Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when full.
Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they are completely full.
Its residents dutifully cart buckets of used shower and washing machine water
  outside to their gardens.
Running your iPod through a washing machine cycle might not be fatal, but it's
  certainly not a good idea.
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