Definitions for washing machine
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word washing machine
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an apparatus, esp. a household appliance, for washing clothing, linens, etc.
Ref: Also called washer. 2
Origin of washing machine:
washer, automatic washer, washing machine(noun)
a home appliance for washing clothes and linens automatically
A machine, usually automatic, which washes clothes etc.
A washing machine is a machine to wash laundry, such as clothing and sheets. The term is mostly applied only to machines that use water as opposed to dry cleaning or ultrasonic cleaners. Washing entails immersing, dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing in water usually accompanied by detergent, or bleach. The simplest machines may simply agitate clothes in water while switched on; automatic machines may fill, empty, wash, spin, and heat in a cycle. Most washing machines remove substantial amounts of water from the laundry at the end of a wash cycle, but do not completely dry it.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
1. Old-style 14-inch hard disks in floor-standing cabinets. So called because of the size of the cabinet and the ‘top-loading’ access to the media packs — and, of course, they were always set on ‘spin cycle’. The washing-machine idiom transcends language barriers; it is even used in Russian hacker jargon. See also walking drives. The thick channel cables connecting these were called bit hoses (see hose, sense 3). (The next cartoon in the Crunchly saga is 76-02-20:2. The previous cartoon was 75-10-04.) 2. [CMU] A machine used exclusively for washing software. CMU has clusters of these.
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