Definition of "wash" []

  • To cleanse, using water or other liquid, usually with soap, detergent, or bleach, by immersing, dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing: wash one's hands; wash windows. (verb-transitive)
  • To soak, rinse out, and remove (dirt or stain) with or as if with water: wash grease out of overalls. (verb-transitive)
  • To make moist or wet; drench: Tears washed the child's cheeks. (verb-transitive)
  • To flow over, against, or past: waves that washed the sandy shores. (verb-transitive)
  • To carry, erode, remove, or destroy by the action of moving water: Heavy rains washed the topsoil away. (verb-transitive)
  • To apply water or other liquid, usually with soap, to (oneself, clothes, etc) in order to cleanse (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To remove by the application of water or other liquid and usually soap (verb)
  • To be capable of being washed without damage or loss of colour (verb)
  • (of an animal such as a cat) to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking (verb)
  • To cleanse from pollution or defilement (verb)
  • To make wet or moist (verb)
  • To move or be moved by water (verb)
  • (esp of waves) to flow or sweep against or over (a surface or object), often with a lapping sound (verb)
  • To form by erosion or be eroded (verb)
  • To apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc, to (verb)
  • To separate (ore, precious stones, etc) from (gravel, earth, or sand) by immersion in water (verb)
  • To admit of testing or proof (verb)
  • The act or process of washing; ablution (noun)
  • A quantity of articles washed together (noun)
  • A preparation or thin liquid used as a coating or in washing (noun)
  • Any medicinal or soothing lotion for application to a part of the body (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun)
  • The flow of water, esp waves, against a surface, or the sound made by such a flow (noun)
  • The technique of making wash drawings (noun)
  • The erosion of soil by the action of flowing water (noun)
  • A mass of alluvial material transported and deposited by flowing water (noun)
  • Land that is habitually washed by tidal or river waters (noun)
  • The disturbance in the air or water produced at the rear of an aircraft, boat, or other moving object (noun)
  • Gravel, earth, etc, from which valuable minerals may be washed (noun)
  • Waste liquid matter or liquid refuse, esp as fed to pigs; swill (noun)
  • An alcoholic liquid resembling strong beer, resulting from the fermentation of wort in the production of whisky (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "wash" in a sentence
  • "Then a throbbing in his head and a sensation of smarting assailed him, but he did not stir, for his legs were cramped; and _wash, wash, wash_, the waters were sweeping along nearly to his chest."
  • "My mom took in wash from the brothels in Searchlight, so I have some idea of what it's like to struggle."
  • "This area is what we refer to as a wash, meaning it is a place that is -- I guess you could say it's kind of a roadway for heavy rainwater, for floodwaters to go through and then move out towards the open ground, out towards the desert, and then dissipate."