1. [ verb ] clean with some chemical process
Synonyms: rinse
Related terms: elute laundry rinse washer
2. [ verb ] cleanse (one's body) with soap and water
Synonyms: lave
Related terms: cleanse scrub gargle shampoo sponge_down hush wash_up washing
3. [ verb ] cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water
Synonyms: launder

"Wash the towels, please!"

Related terms: clean rinse wash_out water-wash stonewash machine_wash suds handwash pressure-wash acid-wash cradle washing laundry washer
4. [ noun ] (color) a thin coat of water-base paint
Related terms: water-base_paint color_wash blackwash whitewash calcimine
5. [ noun ] (work) the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
Synonyms: washing
Related terms: work ablution window-washing laundering rinse washing-up soak dishwashing rinse
6. [ noun ] the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
Synonyms: lavation washing
Related terms: work natural_process elution window-washing ablution laundering ablution rinse dishwashing soak washing-up rinse wash_up
7. [ noun ] (western United States) the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)
Synonyms: dry_wash
Related terms: streambed West
8. [ verb ] move by or as if by water

"The swollen river washed away the footbridge"

Related terms: move
9. [ verb ] (mining) separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)
Related terms: separate pan rinse
10. [ verb ] move by or as if by water

"The swollen river washed away the footbridge"

Related terms: travel move cover whitewash
11. [ verb ] to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking, as of a cat

"The cat washes several times a day"

Related terms: cleanse washing
12. [ verb ] admit to testing or proof

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

Related terms: stand
13. [ verb ] form by erosion

: "The river washed a ravine into the mountainside"

Related terms: erode
14. [ verb ] make moist
Synonyms: moisten dampen

"The dew moistened the meadows"

Related terms: wet baste humidify wet dampener moistening
15. [ noun ] (fine art) a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other
Synonyms: wash_drawing
Related terms: watercolor
16. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 8337
17. [ verb ] apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to
Related terms: cover whitewash
18. [ verb ] be capable of being washed

"Does this material wash?"

Related terms: be washing
19. [ verb ] remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent
Synonyms: wash_away wash_off wash_out wash-off

: "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"

Related terms: remove wash_out
20. [ noun ] the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller
Synonyms: airstream race backwash slipstream
Related terms: flow
21. [ noun ] (geology) the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway)
Synonyms: washout

"from the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water"

Related terms: soil_erosion rain-wash wash_out
22. [ verb ] wash or flow against
Synonyms: lave lap

"the waves laved the shore"

Related terms: flow
23. [ noun ] (clothing) garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering
Synonyms: laundry washing washables
Related terms: garment white_goods
24. [ noun ] (business) any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out

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

Related terms: business_activity colloquialism
Similar spelling:   washy