1 a thin coat of water-base paint
3 the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon) [syn: dry wash]
4 the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway); "from the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water" [syn: washout]
5 the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller [syn: slipstream, airstream, race, backwash]
6 a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other [syn: wash drawing]
8 any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out; "at the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash"
1 clean with some chemical process [syn: rinse]
2 cleanse (one's body) with soap and water [syn: lave]
3 cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water; "Wash the towels, please!" [syn: launder]
4 move by or as if by water; "The swollen river washed away the footbridge"
5 be capable of being washed; "Does this material wash?"
6 admit to testing or proof; "This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court"
7 separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)
8 apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to
9 remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent; "he washed the dirt from his coat"; "The nurse washed away the blood"; "Can you wash away the spots on the windows?"; "he managed to wash out the stains" [syn: wash out, wash off, wash away]
10 form by erosion; "The river washed a ravine into the mountainside"
13 to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking; "The cat washes several times a day"
EtymologyFrom wæscan (cognate with Dutch wassen and German waschen)
- /wɑʃ/ (US) or /wɒʃ/ (UK)
- /wAS/ (US) or /wQS>/ (UK)
- Rhymes: -ɒʃ
- To clean with water.
- To move by the force of water in motion (as in the flood washed away houses).
- To separate valuable material (such as gold) from worthless material by the action of flowing water.
- (intransitive) To clean oneself with water.
- (intransitive) To be eroded or carried away by the action of water.
to clean with water
- Albanian: lan
- Catalan: rentar
- Classical Nahuatl: pāca
- Crimean Tatar: yuvmaq
- Croatian: umiti
- Czech: mýt (dishes), prát (laundry)
- Danish: vaske
- Dutch: wassen
- Esperanto: lavi
- Finnish: pestä, tiskata, pyykätä
- French: laver
- German: waschen, spülen
- Greek: πλένω
- Hebrew: לרחוץ (lirhotz), לשטוף (lishtof)
- Hungarian: mos
- Icelandic: þvo
- Irish: nigh
- Italian: lavare
- Japanese: 洗う (あらう, arau)
- Sorani: شوشتن
- Old English: þwēan
- Old High German: dwahan
- Old Norse: þvó
- Persian: شستن
- Rohingya: dúo
- Romanian: a spăla
- Romany: thovel
- Russian: мыть (myt’)
- Scottish Gaelic: nigh
- Spanish: lavar
- Swedish: tvätta
- Telugu: కడుగు (kaDugu)
- Turkish: yıkamak
to move by the force of water in motion
- Finnish: huuhtoa
- German: wegspülen
to separate valuable material
- Finnish: huuhtoa
to clean oneself
- Finnish: peseytyä
- Greek: πλένομαι
- Irish: nigh
- Italian: lavarsi
- Sorani: خۆ شوشتن
to be eroded
- Finnish: huuhtoutua
- The process or an instance of washing or being washed by water or other liquid.
- A liquid used for washing.
- The quantity of clothes washed at a time.
- The sound of breaking of the seas, e.g., on the shore.
- The wake of a moving ship.
- The turbulence left in the air by a moving airplane.
- A lotion or other liquid with medicinal or hygienic properties.
- Ground washed away to the sea or a river.
- A shallow body of water.
- In arid and semi-arid regions, the normally dry bed of an
intermittent or ephemeral stream; an arroyo; wadi
- 1997, Stanley Desmond Smith, et al. Physiological Ecology of
North American Desert Plants, Nature
- In some desert-wash systems (which have been termed “xero-riparian”)
- 1999, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, A Natural History of the
- ...though the wash may carry surface water for only a few hours a year.
- 2005, Le Hayes, Pilgrims in the Desert: The Early History of
the East Mojave Desert
- Rock Spring Wash continues a short distance then joins Watson Wash. Water from Rock Spring comes out of the boulder strewn wash and disappears into the sand
- 1997, Stanley Desmond Smith, et al. Physiological Ecology of North American Desert Plants, Nature
- A lack of progress
or regress; no change
- His first week at the new job was a wash, since he spent so much time learning the system instead of using it.
process or an instance of washing or being washed by water
- Finnish: pesu
clothes washed at a time
- Finnish: pyykki
wake of a ship
- Finnish: vanavesi, peräaalto
turbulence left by airplane
- Finnish: jättöpyörre
ground washed away to the sea or a river
- Finnish: huuhtouma
shallow body of water
- Finnish: matalikko
the normally dry bed of an intermittent or ephemeral stream - a wadi
- French: oeud
lack of progress
Wash may refer to:
- Wash (creek), a usually dry creek bed or gulch that temporarily fills with water after a heavy rain
- WASH, a Clear Channel Communications radio station
- Wash (distilling), the liquid produced by the fermentation step in the production of distilled beverages
- Wash (Firefly), a fictional character who originated in the science fiction television series, Firefly
- Wash (painting), a light covering of diluted paint on a painting
- Wash (Prison Break episode), 40th episode of American television series Prison Break
- The Wash, the square-mouthed estuary on the northwest margin of East Anglia
- The Wash (film), a hip-hop styled film,
- "Wash (song)", a Pearl Jam song
- Wash is a slang for crack cocaine
wash in Simple English: Wash
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