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washing machine

an apparatus, especially a household appliance, for washing clothing, linens, etc.
Also called washer.
Origin of washing machine
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Eventually some of the silver went the way of the piano and washing machine.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • "I guess you must think I'm a washing machine," she grumbled after the doctor had gone.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • A motor attached by a belt to a washing machine is started running.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • This steadied the washing machine and kept it from jumping more than it did.

    The Adventures Of A Suburbanite Ellis Parker Butler
  • The tub then serves as the outer part of the washing machine.

    Mechanical Devices in the Home Edith Louise Allen
British Dictionary definitions for washing machine

washing machine

a mechanical apparatus, usually powered by electricity, for washing clothing, linens, etc
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