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[wosh, wawsh] /wɒʃ, wɔʃ/
The, a shallow bay of the North Sea, on the coast of E England. 20 miles (32 km) long; 15 miles (24 km) wide. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for the-wash


to apply water or other liquid, usually with soap, to (oneself, clothes, etc) in order to cleanse
(transitive; often foll by away, from, off, etc) to remove by the application of water or other liquid and usually soap: she washed the dirt from her clothes
(intransitive) to be capable of being washed without damage or loss of colour
(of an animal such as a cat) to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking
(transitive) to cleanse from pollution or defilement
(transitive) to make wet or moist
often foll by away, etc. to move or be moved by water: the flood washed away the bridge
(esp of waves) to flow or sweep against or over (a surface or object), often with a lapping sound
to form by erosion or be eroded: the stream washed a ravine in the hill
(transitive) to apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc, to
(transitive) to separate (ore, precious stones, etc) from (gravel, earth, or sand) by immersion in water
(intransitive; usually used with a negative) (informal, mainly Brit) to admit of testing or proof: your excuses won't wash with me this time
wash one's hands
  1. (euphemistic) to go to the lavatory
  2. (usually foll by of) to refuse to have anything more to do (with)
the act or process of washing; ablution
a quantity of articles washed together
a preparation or thin liquid used as a coating or in washing: a thin wash of paint, a hair wash
  1. any medicinal or soothing lotion for application to a part of the body
  2. (in combination): an eyewash
the flow of water, esp waves, against a surface, or the sound made by such a flow
  1. the technique of making wash drawings
  2. See wash drawing
the erosion of soil by the action of flowing water
a mass of alluvial material transported and deposited by flowing water
land that is habitually washed by tidal or river waters
the disturbance in the air or water produced at the rear of an aircraft, boat, or other moving object
gravel, earth, etc, from which valuable minerals may be washed
waste liquid matter or liquid refuse, esp as fed to pigs; swill
an alcoholic liquid resembling strong beer, resulting from the fermentation of wort in the production of whisky
(informal) come out in the wash, to become known or apparent in the course of time
Word Origin
Old English wæscan, waxan; related to Old High German wascan; see water


the Wash, a shallow inlet of the North Sea on the E coast of England, between Lincolnshire and Norfolk
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Word Origin and History for the-wash



Old English wascan, wæscan, from Proto-Germanic *watskanan (cf. Old Norse vaska, Middle Dutch wasscen, Dutch wassen, German waschen), from stem *wat-, the source of water. Related: Washed; washing. Used mainly of clothes in Old English (the principal verb for washing the body, dishes, etc. being þwean). Washed-out "faded" is from 1837. Washed up is 1923 theater slang, from notion of washing up at the end of a job.


late Old English wæsc "act of washing" (see wash (v.)). Meaning "clothes set aside to be washed" is attested from 1789; meaning "thin coat of paint" is recorded from 1690s; sense of "land alternately covered and exposed by the sea" is recorded from mid-15c.

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the-wash in Medicine

wash (wŏsh)
v. washed, wash·ing, wash·es

  1. To cleanse, using water or other liquid, usually with soap, detergent, or bleach, by immersing, dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing.

  2. To make moist or wet.

  1. The act or process of cleansing or washing.

  2. A solution used to cleanse or bathe a part.

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Slang definitions & phrases for the-wash



  1. A drink to follow another, to wash it down; chaser: What for a wash? (1950s+)
  2. An elaborate justification; whitewash: It looked like a wash to me (1950s+)
  3. A balance between opposing values, cases, effects, etc; a moot situation; standoff, a TOSSUP: The net effect of the medical testimony was a wash/ I'd have to go to bed at the same time as my 6-year-old. So it's pretty much a wash/ the Ferraro factor. Was it a political plus, a minus, a wash? (1870s+ Stock market)


To prove acceptable; bear testing •Usually in the negative: Well, it just won't wash/ The stereotype of gay males as child molesters just doesn't wash any more/ That washes. I'll buy it (1849+)

Related Terms

hang out the wash, whitewash

[verb sense said to be fr a defective printed calico that could not be washed; third noun sense perhaps fr the notion that equal opposing elements wash each other out or away, or wipe the slate clean]

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