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washable

[wosh-uh-buh l, waw-shuh-] /ˈwɒʃ ə bəl, ˈwɔ ʃə-/
adjective
1.
capable of being washed without shrinking, fading, or the like.
noun
2.
a washable garment.
Origin of washable
1615-1625
First recorded in 1615-25; wash + -able
Related forms
washability, noun
nonwashable, adjective
unwashable, adjective
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  • Of course, variations of all kinds can be made in washable rugs.

    How to make rugs Candace Wheeler
  • If curtains are preferred, they should be of chintz, or of some washable cotton or linen.

    The Decoration of Houses Edith Wharton
  • All the walls in the building were whitewashed and washable.

    Royal Highness Thomas Mann
  • The attendant should wear a washable gown that completely covers her clothing.

    Diphtheria Public Health Service
  • To wear a washable gown (which is to be taken off on leaving the room).

    Diphtheria Public Health Service
  • Oil colour when flatted makes a nice wall, whether "stippled" or plain, and is both durable and washable.

    Principles of Decorative Design

    Christopher Dresser
  • Delivery shall take place in a room with washable walls, ceilings and doors.

    Rules and regulations governing maternity hospitals and homes ... September, 1922 California. State Board of Charities and Corrections
  • If hard usage is expected half cowhide, with sides of some kind of washable cloth, is preferable.

    Library Bookbinding Arthur Low Bailey
  • The suit was washable, and hence was usually donned by men doing dirty work or in hot weather in the summer.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • For not only must they be of this washable nature, but they must be of a character to resist the influence of the heat.

    The Turkish Bath Robert Owen Allsop
British Dictionary definitions for washable

washable

/ˈwɒʃəbəl/
adjective
1.
(esp of fabrics or clothes) capable of being washed without deteriorating
Derived Forms
washability, noun
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Word Origin and History for washable
adj.

1620s, from wash (v.) + -able. Related: Washables (n.), 1892.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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