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washing machine

an apparatus, especially a household appliance, for washing clothing, linens, etc.
Also called washer.
Origin of washing machine
1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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washing machine

a mechanical apparatus, usually powered by electricity, for washing clothing, linens, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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washing machine in Technology

An old-style 14-inch hard disk in a floor-standing cabinet. So called because of the size of the cabinet and the "top-loading" access to the media packs - and, of course, they were always set on "spin cycle". The thick channel cables connecting these were called "bit hoses". The washing-machine idiom transcends language barriers; it is even used in Russian hacker jargon.
See also walking drives.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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