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Definition of wash:

  1. A liquid cosmetic for the complexion.
  2. A liquid dentifrice.
  3. A liquid preparation for the hair; as, a hair wash.
  4. A medical preparation in a liquid form for external application; a lotion.
  5. A mixture of dunder, molasses, water, and scummings, used in the West Indies for distillation.
  6. A piece of ground washed by the action of a sea or river, or sometimes covered and sometimes left dry; the shallowest part of a river, or arm of the sea; also, a bog; a marsh; a fen; as, the washes in Lincolnshire.
  7. A thin coat of color, esp. water color.
  8. A thin coat of metal laid on anything for beauty or preservation.
  9. An alluvial cone formed by a stream at the base of a mountain.
  10. Capable of being washed without injury; washable; as, wash goods.
  11. Gravel and other rock debris transported and deposited by running water; coarse alluvium.
  12. Substances collected and deposited by the action of water; as, the wash of a sewer, of a river, etc.
  13. Ten strikes, or bushels, of oysters.
  14. That with which anything is washed, or wetted, smeared, tinted, etc., upon the surface.
  15. The act of washing; an ablution; a cleansing, wetting, or dashing with water; hence, a quantity, as of clothes, washed at once.
  16. The backward current or disturbed water caused by the action of oars, or of a steamer's screw or paddles, etc.
  17. The blade of an oar, or the thin part which enters the water.
  18. The dry bed of an intermittent stream, sometimes at the bottom of a ca– on; as, the Amargosa wash, Diamond wash; - called also dry wash.
  19. The fermented wort before the spirit is extracted.
  20. The flow, swash, or breaking of a body of water, as a wave; also, the sound of it.
  21. The upper surface of a member or material when given a slope to shed water. Hence, a structure or receptacle shaped so as to receive and carry off water, as a carriage wash in a stable.
  22. To be wasted or worn away by the action of water, as by a running or overflowing stream, or by the dashing of the sea; - said of road, a beach, etc.
  23. To bear without injury the operation of being washed; as, some calicoes do not wash.
  24. To cause dephosphorisation of ( molten pig iron) by adding substances containing iron oxide, and sometimes manganese oxide.
  25. To clean anything by rubbing or dipping it in water; to perform the business of cleansing clothes, ore, etc., in water.
  26. To cleanse by ablution, or dipping or rubbing in water; to apply water or other liquid to for the purpose of cleansing; to scrub with water, etc., or as with water; as, to wash the hands or body; to wash garments; to wash sheep or wool; to wash the pavement or floor; to wash the bark of trees.
  27. To cover with a thin or watery coat of color; to tint lightly and thinly.
  28. To cover with water or any liquid; to wet; to fall on and moisten; hence, to overflow or dash against; as, waves wash the shore.
  29. To move with a lapping or swashing sound, or the like; to lap; splash; as, to hear the water washing.
  30. To overlay with a thin coat of metal; as, steel washed with silver.
  31. To pass ( a gas or gaseous mixture) through or over a liquid for the purpose of purifying it, esp. by removing soluble constituents.
  32. To perform the act of ablution.
  33. To remove by washing to take away by, or as by, the action of water; to drag or draw off as by the tide; - often with away, off, out, etc.; as, to wash dirt from the hands.
  34. To use washes, as for the face or hair.
  35. To waste or abrade by the force of water in motion; as, heavy rains wash a road or an embankment.
  36. Washy; weak.
  37. Waste liquid, the refuse of food, the collection from washed dishes, etc., from a kitchen, often used as food for pigs.


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