washing-machine

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

n.
1. Old-style 14-inch hard disks in floor-standing cabinets. 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 washing-machine idiom transcends language barriers; it is even used in Russian hacker jargon. See also walking drives. The thick channel cables connecting these were called `bit hoses' (see hose, sense 3).
2. [CMU] A machine used exclusively for washing software. CMU has clusters of these.
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