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[wosh-ing, waw-shing] /ˈwɒʃ ɪŋ, ˈwɔ ʃɪŋ/
the act of a person or thing that washes; ablution.
clothes, linens, etc., washed or to be washed, especially those washed at one time; wash.
Often, washings. any liquid that has been used to wash something.
matter removed or carried off in washing something or by the force of water:
The washings from numerous spring floods had clogged the mouth of the river.
  1. material, as gold dust, obtained by washing earth, gravel, etc.
  2. the deposits so washed.
Metalworking. wash (def 45).
the act of making a wash sale.
Origin of washing
First recorded in 1175-1225, washing is from the Middle English word wasschunge. See wash, -ing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The washings are added to the filtrate, and the liquid concentrated in a porcelain capsule.

    Legal Chemistry A. Naquet
  • So far as I am aware, no work in this country saves its washings.

  • The old ditch, unused for years, had filled up in part with the washings of the earth from its sides, and grown over with grass.

    The Battle of New Orleans Zachary F. Smith
  • Most of the washings in this country are done in the kitchen.

    Convenient Houses Louis Henry Gibson
  • The washings of the flour are allowed to stand for some time in a conical-shaped vessel.

    Legal Chemistry A. Naquet
  • A very minute quantity of the proper precipitant to the washings; or—2.

  • There is one of these machines at the Weber Creek washings, which has been run up by the Indians during the last few days.

    California J. Tyrwhitt Brooks
  • His "oil-pot was full of dust and dirt and mixed with the washings of his brush."

  • A merchant took all his slaves with him to the washings, carrying as much calico and other goods as he could muster.

  • The professor thought it was fashioned by the waters, in their eddyings and washings.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
British Dictionary definitions for washings


articles that have been or are to be washed together on a single occasion
liquid in which an article has been washed
something, such as gold dust or metal ore, that has been obtained by washing
a thin coat of something applied in liquid form
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for washings



A technique of evading surveillance by taking an absurdly indirect route from one place to another (1990s+ Police)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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