What does wash mean?

Definitions for washwɒʃ, wɔʃ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wash.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wash(noun)

    a thin coat of water-base paint

  2. wash, washing, lavation(noun)

    the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)

  3. wash, dry wash(noun)

    the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)

  4. washout, wash(noun)

    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"

  5. slipstream, airstream, race, backwash, wash(noun)

    the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller

  6. wash, wash drawing(noun)

    a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other

  7. laundry, wash, washing, washables(noun)

    garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering

  8. wash(verb)

    any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out

    "at the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash"

  9. wash, rinse(verb)

    clean with some chemical process

  10. wash, lave(verb)

    cleanse (one's body) with soap and water

  11. wash, launder(verb)

    cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water

    "Wash the towels, please!"

  12. wash(verb)

    move by or as if by water

    "The swollen river washed away the footbridge"

  13. wash(verb)

    be capable of being washed

    "Does this material wash?"

  14. wash(verb)

    admit to testing or proof

    "This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court"

  15. wash(verb)

    separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)

  16. wash(verb)

    apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to

  17. wash, wash out, wash off, wash away(verb)

    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"

  18. wash(verb)

    form by erosion

    "The river washed a ravine into the mountainside"

  19. moisten, wash, dampen(verb)

    make moist

    "The dew moistened the meadows"

  20. lave, lap, wash(verb)

    wash or flow against

    "the waves laved the shore"

  21. wash(verb)

    to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking

    "The cat washes several times a day"


  1. Wash(n.)

    an action or situation in which the gains and losses are equal, or closely compensate each other.

  2. Wash(n.)

    (Aeronautics) the disturbance of the air left behind in the wake of a moving airplane or one of its parts.

  3. Wash(n.)

    A thin coat of metal applied in a liquid form on any object, for beauty or preservation; -- called also washing.


  1. wash(Noun)

    The process or an instance of washing or being washed by water or other liquid.

  2. wash(Noun)

    A liquid used for washing.

  3. wash(Noun)

    The quantity of clothes washed at a time.

    There's a lot in that wash, maybe you should separate them in half.

  4. wash(Noun)

    A smooth and translucent painting created using a paintbrush holding a large amount of solvent and a small amount of paint.

  5. wash(Noun)

    The sound of breaking of the seas, e.g., on the shore.

    I could hear the wash of the wave.

  6. wash(Noun)

    The wake of a moving ship.

  7. wash(Noun)

    The turbulence left in the air by a moving airplane.

  8. wash(Noun)

    A lotion or other liquid with medicinal or hygienic properties.

  9. wash(Noun)

    Ground washed away to the sea or a river.

  10. wash(Verb)

    To clean with water.

  11. wash(Verb)

    To move by the force of water in motion

    The flood washed away houses.

  12. wash(Verb)

    To separate valuable material (such as gold) from worthless material by the action of flowing water.

  13. wash(Verb)

    To clean oneself with water.

    I wash every morning after getting up.

  14. wash(Verb)

    (intransitive) To be eroded or carried away by the action of water.

  15. wash(Noun)

    A shallow body of water.

  16. wash(Noun)

    In arid and semi-arid regions, the normally dry bed of an intermittent or ephemeral stream; an arroyo; wadi

  17. wash(Noun)

    Something where no progress is made, where nothing changes.

    His first week at the new job was a wash, since he spent so much time learning the system instead of using it.

  18. Origin: From washen, waschen, weschen, from wascan, wæscan, from waskanan, from wod-. Cognate with Dutch wassen, wasschen, German waschen, vaske, vaska, vaska.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wash(verb)

    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

  2. Wash(verb)

    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

  3. Wash(verb)

    to waste or abrade by the force of water in motion; as, heavy rains wash a road or an embankment

  4. Wash(verb)

    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

  5. Wash(verb)

    to cover with a thin or watery coat of color; to tint lightly and thinly

  6. Wash(verb)

    to overlay with a thin coat of metal; as, steel washed with silver

  7. Wash(verb)

    to perform the act of ablution

  8. Wash(verb)

    to clean anything by rubbing or dipping it in water; to perform the business of cleansing clothes, ore, etc., in water

  9. Wash(verb)

    to bear without injury the operation of being washed; as, some calicoes do not wash

  10. Wash(verb)

    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

  11. Wash(noun)

    the act of washing; an ablution; a cleansing, wetting, or dashing with water; hence, a quantity, as of clothes, washed at once

  12. Wash(noun)

    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

  13. Wash(noun)

    substances collected and deposited by the action of water; as, the wash of a sewer, of a river, etc

  14. Wash(noun)

    waste liquid, the refuse of food, the collection from washed dishes, etc., from a kitchen, often used as food for pigs

  15. Wash(noun)

    the fermented wort before the spirit is extracted

  16. Wash(noun)

    a mixture of dunder, molasses, water, and scummings, used in the West Indies for distillation

  17. Wash(noun)

    that with which anything is washed, or wetted, smeared, tinted, etc., upon the surface

  18. Wash(noun)

    a liquid cosmetic for the complexion

  19. Wash(noun)

    a liquid dentifrice

  20. Wash(noun)

    a liquid preparation for the hair; as, a hair wash

  21. Wash(noun)

    a medical preparation in a liquid form for external application; a lotion

  22. Wash(noun)

    a thin coat of color, esp. water color

  23. Wash(noun)

    a thin coat of metal laid on anything for beauty or preservation

  24. Wash(noun)

    the blade of an oar, or the thin part which enters the water

  25. Wash(noun)

    the backward current or disturbed water caused by the action of oars, or of a steamer's screw or paddles, etc

  26. Wash(noun)

    the flow, swash, or breaking of a body of water, as a wave; also, the sound of it

  27. Wash(noun)

    ten strikes, or bushels, of oysters

  28. Wash(adj)

    washy; weak

  29. Wash(adj)

    capable of being washed without injury; washable; as, wash goods

  30. Origin: [OE. waschen, AS. wascan; akin to D. wasschen, G. waschen, OHG. wascan, Icel. & Sw. vaska, Dan. vaske, and perhaps to E. water. 150.]


  1. WASH

    WASH is a Clear Channel Communications radio station located in Washington, D.C.. Known on-air as "Wash-FM", the station has an adult contemporary format. The station also streams its broadcast on iHeartRadio. WASH has been a soft adult contemporary station in one form or another since the 70s. For a few years in the early 80s, the station attempted to do a Top 40 / CHR format which had no success and the station later returned to their original Soft AC format. On Saturday nights from 7 pm - midnight, the station plays disco music and related songs in a program known as "Jammin' Saturday Night". The station recently began broadcasting two hours of 80s music immediately following "Jammin' Saturday Night". The station plays exclusively Christmas music from mid-November through Christmas Day and calls itself "Washington's Home for the Holidays" during the season. In 2011, the station started playing exclusively Christmas music on Friday, November 18.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wash

    wosh, v.t. to cleanse with water: to overflow: to waste away by the action of water: to cover with a thin coat of metal or paint: in mining, to separate from earth by means of water.—v.i. to cleanse one's self, to cleanse clothes with water: to stand water, of clothes: (coll.) to stand the test.—n. a washing: the break of waves on the shore: the rough water left behind by a moving vessel: the shallow part of a river or arm of the sea: a marsh or fen: alluvial matter: waste liquor, refuse of food, &c.: that with which anything is washed: a lotion: a thin coat of paint, metal, &c.: (slang) a fictitious kind of sale of stock or other securities between parties of one interest, or by a broker who is at once the buyer and the seller, and who minds his own interest rather than that of his clients.—adj. Wash′able.—ns. Wash′-ball, a ball of toilet-soap; Wash′-bā′sin, -bowl, Wash′hand bā′sin, a bowl in which to wash face and hands; Wash′-board, a corrugated board for rubbing clothes on in washing: a thin plank placed on a boat's gunwale to prevent the sea from breaking over: a board round the bottom of the walls of a room; Wash′-bott′le, a bottle used by chemists for washing chemical preparations and instruments; Wash′-cloth, a piece of cloth used in washing; Wash′-dirt, earth rich enough in metal to pay for washing; Wash′er, one who washes: a flat ring of iron or leather between the nave of a wheel and the linch-pin, under the head of a screw, &c.—v.t to lift with washers; Wash′erman, a man who washes clothes, esp. for hire:—fem. Wash′erwoman; Wash′-gild′ing, a gilding made with an amalgam of gold from which the mercury is driven off by heat, leaving a coating of gold; Wash′-house, Wash′ing-house, a house for washing clothes in; Wash′iness, state of being watery, weakness, worthlessness; Wash′ing, the act of cleansing by water: the clothes washed, esp. at one time: what is washed; Was′hing-machine′, a machine for washing clothes; Wash′ing-pow′der, a powdered preparation used in washing clothes; Wash′ing-up, Wash′-up, cleaning up; Wash′-leath′er, split sheepskin prepared with oil in imitation of chamois, and used for household purposes: buff leather for regimental belts.—adj. Wash′-off, that will not stand washing.—ns. Wash′-out, an erosion of earth by the action of water, the hole made by such; Wash′-pot, a vessel for washing; Wash′-stand, Wash′hand stand, a piece of furniture for holding ewer, basin, and other requisites for washing a person; Wash′-tub, a tub for washing clothes.—adj. Wash′y, watery, moist: thin, feeble.—n. Rain′-wash, a washing away by the force of rain: a deposit formed by rain. [A.S. wascan; Ice

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wash' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1641

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wash' in Verbs Frequency: #411

Anagrams for wash »

  1. haws

  2. shaw, Shaw


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wash in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wash in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Stan Haithcock:

    The whole thing could wind up being a wash.

  2. Samuel Cole:

    I just have to wash off best I can, very difficult.

  3. Geoffrey Thomas from AirlineRatings.com:

    It was a matter of waiting for something to wash up.

  4. G.K. Chesterton:

    The classes that wash most are those that work least.

  5. Stanislaw Lec:

    All is in the hands of man. Therefore wash them often.

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