To clean with water.
To move or erode by the force of water in motion.
- Heavy rains wash a road or an embankment.
(mining) To separate valuable material (such as gold) from worthless material by the action of flowing water.
To clean oneself with water.
To cover with water or any liquid; to wet; to fall on and moisten.
- Waves wash the shore.
- fresh-blown roses washed with dew
To be eroded or carried away by the action of water.
(figuratively) To be cogent, convincing; to withstand critique.
* 2012 , (The Economist), Oct 13th 2012 issue,
- [the landscape] washed with a cold, grey mist
The Jordan and its king: As beleaguered as ever
To bear without injury the operation of being washed.
- The king is running out of ideas as well as cash. His favourite shock-absorbing tactic—to blame his governments and sack his prime ministers—hardly washes .
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.
To cover with a thin or watery coat of colour; to tint lightly and thinly.
To overlay with a thin coat of metal.
- steel washed with silver
In older works and possibly still in some dialects, wesh'' and ''woosh'' may be found as past tense forms. ''Washen may be found as a past participle.
* wash away
* wash down
* washed up / all washed up
* wash off
* wash one's hands of
* wash out
* wash over
* wash up
The process or an instance of washing or being washed by water or other liquid.
- I'm going to have a quick wash before coming to bed.
A liquid used for washing.
The quantity of clothes washed at a time.
- My jacket needs a wash .
(arts) A smooth and translucent .
The sound of breaking of the seas, e.g., on the shore.
- There's a lot in that wash : maybe you should split it into two piles.
The wake of a moving ship.
- I could hear the wash of the wave.
- The ship left a big wash
The turbulence left in the air by a moving airplane.
A lotion or other liquid with medicinal or hygienic properties.
- Sail away from the wash to avoid rocking the boat.
- mouth wash
Ground washed away to the sea or a river.
- hand wash
A piece of ground washed by the action of water, or sometimes covered and sometimes left dry; the shallowest part of a river, or arm of the sea; also, a bog; a marsh.
- The wash of pastures, fields, commons, and roads, where rain water hath a long time settled.
A shallow body of water.
In arid and semi-arid regions, the normally dry bed of an intermittent or ephemeral stream; an arroyo or wadi.
* 1997 , Stanley Desmond Smith, et al. Physiological Ecology of North American Desert Plants, Nature
- These Lincoln washes have devoured them.
* 1999 , Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert
- In some desert-wash systems (which have been termed “xero-riparian”)
* 2005 , Le Hayes, Pilgrims in the Desert: The Early History of the East Mojave Desert
- ... though the wash may carry surface water for only a few hours a year.
An situation in which losses and gains or advantages and disadvantages are equivalent; a situation in which there is no net change.
* 2003 , David Brenner, I Think There's a Terrorist in My Soup , page 100:
- Rock Spring Wash' continues a short distance then joins Watson '''Wash'''. Water from Rock Spring comes out of the boulder strewn ' wash and disappears into the sand
Waste liquid, the refuse of food, the collection from washed dishes, etc., from a kitchen, often used as food for pigs; pigwash.
- I knew that for every vote I cast for, say, the Republicans, some kid at a polling place nearby was casting his votes for the Democrats, so it was probably a wash or close to it.
In distilling, the fermented wort before the spirit is extracted.
A mixture of dunder, molasses, water, and scummings, used in the West Indies for distillation.
A thin coat of metal laid on anything for beauty or preservation.
(nautical) The blade of an oar.
The backward current or disturbed water caused by the action of oars, or of a steamer's screw or paddles, etc.
Ten strikes, or bushels, of oysters.
* come out in the wash
* car wash
* wash and brushup
* wash sale
(typography) Any of the following symbols: (''horizontal bar ).
A short run.
A small quantity of a liquid substance; less than 1/8 of a teaspoon.
- sometimes dash'' is also used colloquially to refer to a ''hyphen'' or ''minus sign .
- Add a dash of vinegar
* 1955 , edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 31:
- Aren't we full of dash this morning?
One of the two symbols of Morse code.
(Nigeria) A bribe or gratuity.
* 1992 , George B. N. Ayittey, Africa betrayed (page 44)
- The dash clock said 2:38 when.
* 2006 , Adiele Eberechukwu Afigbo, The Abolition of the Slave Trade in Southeastern Nigeria, 1885-1950 (page 99)
- The traditional practice of offering gifts or "dash " to chiefs has often been misinterpreted by scholars to provide a cultural explanation for the pervasive incidence of bribery and corruption in modern Africa.
* 2008 , Lizzie Williams, Nigeria: The Bradt Travel Guide (page 84)
- Writing in 1924 on a similar situation in Ugep, the political officer, Mr. S. T. Harvey noted: "In the old days there was no specified dowry but merely dashes given to the father-in-law
(obsolete, euphemistic) A stand-in for a censored word, like "Devil" or "damn". (Compare deuce.)
* 1824 , "Kiddywinkle History, No. II", Blackwood's Magazine (15, May 1824)
- The only other times you'll be asked for a dash is from beggars.
* 1853 , (William Makepeace Thackery), (The Newcomes)'', Chapter VI, serialized in ''Harper's New Monthly Magazine , (VIII, no. 43, Dec 1853)
- I'll be dashed if I gan another step for less 'an oaf.
*:Comment : Some editions leave this passage out. Of those that include it, some change the 'you!' to 'you?'.
* 1884 , (Lord Robert Gower), My Reminiscences'', reprinted in "The Evening Lamp", ''The Christian Union , (29) 22, (May 29, 1884)
- Sir Thomas looks as if to ask what the dash is that to you! but wanting still to go to India again, and knowing how strong the Newcomes are in Leadenhall Street, he thinks it necessary to be civil to the young cub, and swallows his pride once more into his waistband.
* 1939 , , (Uncle Fred in the Springtime)
- Who the dash' is this person whom none of us know? and what the ' dash does he do here?
- I'll be dashed if I squash in with any domestic staff.
* See also
* punctuation mark
* dash off
* em dash, en dash
To run quickly or for a short distance.
(informal) To leave or depart.
- He dashed across the field.
To destroy by striking (against).
- I have to dash now. See you soon.
* 1897 , (Bram Stoker), (Dracula) Chapter 21
- He dashed the bottle against the bar and turned about to fight.
* 1912 : (Edgar Rice Burroughs), (Tarzan of the Apes), Chapter 4
- "`Silence! If you make a sound I shall take him and dash his brains out before your very eyes.'
To throw violently.
- Kala was the youngest mate of a male called Tublat, meaning broken nose, and the child she had seen dashed to death was her first; for she was but nine or ten years old.
* Francis Bacon
- The man was dashed from the vehicle during the accident.
To sprinkle; to splatter.
- If you dash a stone against a stone in the bottom of the water, it maketh a sound.
(of hopes or dreams) To ruin; to destroy.
- On each hand the gushing waters play, / And down the rough cascade all dashing fall.
- Her hopes were dashed when she saw the damage.
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To dishearten; to sadden.
To complete hastily, usually with down'' or ''off .
- Her thoughts were dashed to melancholy.
To draw quickly; jot.
* 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), (w, Jacob's Room) Chapter 1
- He dashed''' down his eggs'', ''she '''dashed off her homework
To throw in or on in a rapid, careless manner; to mix, reduce, or adulterate, by throwing in something of an inferior quality; to overspread partially; to bespatter; to touch here and there.
- "Scarborough," Mrs. Flanders wrote on the envelope, and dashed a bold line beneath; it was her native town; the hub of the universe.
- to dash''' wine with water; to '''dash paint upon a picture
- I take care to dash the character with such particular circumstance as may prevent ill-natured applications.
- The very source and fount of day / Is dashed with wandering isles of night.
* minus sign