Definitions for washboardˈwɒʃˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd, ˈwɔʃ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wash•boardˈwɒʃˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd, ˈwɔʃ-(n.)

  1. a rectangular board or frame, typically with a corrugated metallic surface, on which clothes are rubbed in the process of washing.

  2. a baseboard around the walls of a room.

  3. a thin, broad plank fastened to and projecting above the gunwale or side of a boat to keep out the sea.

    Category: Nautical

  4. (adj.)resembling a washboard in being hard and ripply:

    washboard abs.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Princeton's WordNet

  1. washboard(noun)

    device consisting of a corrugated surface to scrub clothes on

  2. washboard, splashboard(noun)

    protective covering consisting of a broad plank along a gunwale to keep water from splashing over the side

Wiktionary

  1. washboard(Noun)

    a board with a corrugated surface against which laundry may be rubbed

  2. washboard(Noun)

    such a board used as a simple percussion instrument

  3. washboard(Noun)

    a board fastened along a ship's gunwale to prevent splashing; a splashboard

  4. washboard(Noun)

    A stretch of ripples or bumps on a dirt or gravel road, mostly occurring at corners; which is caused by wear from traffic, erosion from wet weather, or poor grading.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Washboard(noun)

    a fluted, or ribbed, board on which clothes are rubbed in washing them

  2. Washboard(noun)

    a board running round, and serving as a facing for, the walls of a room, next to the floor; a mopboard

  3. Washboard(noun)

    a broad, thin plank, fixed along the gunwale of boat to keep the sea from breaking inboard; also, a plank on the sill of a lower deck port, for the same purpose; -- called also wasteboard

Freebase

  1. Washboard

    A washboard is a tool designed for hand washing clothing. With mechanized cleaning of clothing becoming more common by the end of the 20th century, the washboard has become better known for its originally subsidiary use as a musical instrument. The traditional washboard is usually constructed with a rectangular wooden frame in which are mounted a series of ridges or corrugations for the clothing to be rubbed upon. For 19th century washboards, the ridges were often of wood; by the 20th century, ridges of metal were more common. A "fluted" metal washboard was patented in the United States in 1833. Zinc washboards were manufactured in the United States from the middle of the 19th century. In the late 20th century and early 21st century, ridges of galvanized steel are most common, but some modern boards are made of glass. Washboards with brass ridges are still made, and some who use washboards as musical instruments prefer the sound of the somewhat more expensive brass boards. One of the few musical instruments invented entirely in the United States is the Zydeco Frottoir, a distillation of the washboard into essential elements designed by Clifton Chenier and built by Willie Landry in 1946.

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