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
(informal) rather drunk
in a pulpy state.