Definitions of wash

  1. To perform the act of ablution; to do washing; to stand washing.
  2. To cause dephosphorisation of ( molten pig iron) by adding substances containing iron oxide, and sometimes manganese oxide.
  3. To pass ( a gas or gaseous mixture) through or over a liquid for the purpose of purifying it, esp. by removing soluble constituents.
  4. 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.
  5. To waste or abrade by the force of water in motion; as, heavy rains wash a road or an embankment.
  6. To cover with a thin or watery coat of color; to tint lightly and thinly.
  7. To overlay with a thin coat of metal; as, steel washed with silver.
  8. 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.
  9. To cleanse with water; cover with water; flow against; as, the sea washes the rocks; to take away by the action of water; as, many houses were washed away in the flood; to overlay with thin metal; to cover with a thin coat of color.
  10. To cleanse with water: to overflow: to waste away by the action of water: to cover with a thin coat of metal or paint.
  11. To cleause by water; flow against; overflow; remove by the action of water: cover with a thin coat of metal or paint.
  12. To cleanse, as with water; purify.
  13. To sweep over or dash against, as waves.
  14. To supply with a thin coat, as of metal, or color.
  15. To use washes, as for the face or hair.
  16. To move with a lapping or swashing sound, or the like; to lap; splash; as, to hear the water washing.
  17. To perform the act of ablution.
  18. To clean anything by rubbing or dipping it in water; to perform the business of cleansing clothes, ore, etc., in water.
  19. To bear without injury the operation of being washed; as, some calicoes do not wash.
  20. 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.
  21. To become clean by the use of water; to cleanse something by rubbing it in water; to endure without harm being rubbed in water; as, some kinds of silk wash; to move with a flowing, lapping sound.
  22. To cleanse with water.
  23. cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water; " Wash the towels, please!"
  24. clean with some chemical process
  25. be capable of being washed; " Does this material wash?"
  26. to cleanse ( itself or another animal) by licking, as of a cat; " The cat washes several times a day"
  27. form by erosion; " The river washed a ravine into the mountainside"
  28. To perform one's ablutions.
  29. To cleanse by ablution or by rubbing in water; to wet; to overflow; to dash against; to cover with water; to scrub in water; to separate extraneous matter from; to rub over with some liquid substance; to squeeze and cleanse in water; to cleanse by a current of water; to overlay with a thin coat of metal; to purify from the pollution of sin; to spread or float colours thinly over broad masses or spaces of a picture.
  30. To cleanse with water; to overflow or dash against; to coat or ornament by overlaying with a substance in a moist state; to purify.
  31. ( western United States) the dry bed of an intermittent stream ( as at the bottom of a canyon)
  32. the work of cleansing ( usually with soap and water)
  33. ( informal) any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out
  34. a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other
  35. a thin coat of water- base paint
  36. any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out; " at the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash"
  37. 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"
  38. to cleanse ( itself or another animal) by licking; " The cat washes several times a day"
  39. apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to
  40. separate dirt or gravel from ( precious minerals)
  41. move by or as if by water; " The swollen river washed away the footbridge"
  42. admit to testing or proof; " This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court"
  43. Gravel and other rock debris transported and deposited by running water; coarse alluvium.
  44. An alluvial cone formed by a stream at the base of a mountain.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. The act of washing; an ablution; a cleansing, wetting, or dashing with water; hence, a quantity, as of clothes, washed at once.
  48. 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.
  49. Substances collected and deposited by the action of water; as, the wash of a sewer, of a river, etc.
  50. Waste liquid, the refuse of food, the collection from washed dishes, etc., from a kitchen, often used as food for pigs.
  51. The fermented wort before the spirit is extracted.
  52. A mixture of dunder, molasses, water, and scummings, used in the West Indies for distillation.
  53. That with which anything is washed, or wetted, smeared, tinted, etc., upon the surface.
  54. A liquid cosmetic for the complexion.
  55. A liquid dentifrice.
  56. A liquid preparation for the hair; as, a hair wash.
  57. A medical preparation in a liquid form for external application; a lotion.
  58. A thin coat of color, esp. water color.
  59. A thin coat of metal laid on anything for beauty or preservation.
  60. The blade of an oar, or the thin part which enters the water.
  61. The backward current or disturbed water caused by the action of oars, or of a steamer's screw or paddles, etc.
  62. The flow, swash, or breaking of a body of water, as a wave; also, the sound of it.
  63. Ten strikes, or bushels, of oysters.
  64. The dry bed of an intermittent stream, sometimes at the bottom of a caon; as, the Amargosa wash, Diamond wash; - called also dry wash.
  65. The act of becoming or making clean with water; a lot of clothing to be washed; the dash or sound of a body of water, as wreckage on a beach; a thin coat of water color; a liquid for cleansing, heating, or treating something; as, a wash for sunburn.
  66. A washing: the shallow part of a river or arm of the sea: a marsh or fen: alluvial or arm of the sea: a marsh or fen: alluvial matter: waste liquor, refuse of food, etc.: that with which anything is washed: a lotion: a thin coat of paint, metal, etc.
  67. Act of washing; alluvial matter; lotion; cosmetic; thin coat of metal or paint.
  68. The act or process of washing.
  69. The articles washed at one time.
  70. A preparation used in washing; a thin coating.
  71. The breaking of waves on a shore.
  72. Alluvial matter; substances collected and deposited by water; a bog; a marsh; a cosmetic: a lotion; a superficial stain or colour; waste liquor of a kitchen for hogs; act of washing the clothes of a family; the fermented worth from which the spirit is extracted; the shallow part of a river, or arm of the sea; the blade of an oar, or the thin part which enters the water, and by whose impulse the boat is moved; a colour spread or floated thinly over broad masses or spaces of a picture; a substance laid on boards or other work, for beauty or preservation; a thin coat of metal.
  73. A substance in a moist state laid or spread over a surface to beautify or preserve it; any waste liquid, as that of a kitchen; fermented wort; the shallow part of an arm of a sea, or of a river; the whole quantity of clothes washed at once; the act of washing them; a liquid weak and poor; matter collected by water; a cosmetic; a lotion.
  74. Washy; weak.
  75. Capable of being washed without injury; washable; as, wash goods.
  76. Washable.