to wash lightly, as by pouring water into or over or by dipping in water: to rinse a cup.
to douse or drench in clean water as a final stage in washing.
to remove (soap, dirt, etc.) by such a process (often followed by off).
to use a rinse on (the hair).
an act or instance of rinsing.
the water used for rinsing.
any preparation that may be used on the hair after washing, especially to tint or condition the hair.
an act or instance of using such a preparation on the hair.
- rins·a·ble, rinse·a·ble, adjective
- rins·a·bil·i·ty, rinse·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- pre·rinse, verb (used with object), pre·rinsed, pre·rins·ing.
- prerinse, noun
- un·rinsed, adjective
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How to use rinse in a sentence
If your washer allows you to select rinse temperature options, pick warm.
I use that water to water my garden, as well as any other water that is clean, such as rinse water that I use when washing my dishes.Hints From Heloise: Bride gets an awkward phone call | Heloise Heloise | May 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Give the bottles and cans a quick rinse with water before tossing them in the bin.Go ‘green’ with your wine: Choose cans or boxes, drink local and consider farming practices | Dave McIntyre | April 23, 2021 | Washington Post
Though most quinoa now comes pre-rinsed, which removes saponins that can make quinoa taste slightly bitter, you can give it an extra rinse to ensure it turns out tasty.5 hearty grains and how to use them in bowls, salads and even cake | Kari Sonde | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Cleaning farmed mussels generally means a simple rinse and a sort to make sure they’re all alive.Mussels are simple to prepare, and add tasty drama to the table | Martha Holmberg | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
So I did all I could do: rinse, spit and climb back into bed.Can a Jew Get Down With Hot Jesus from 'Son of God?' | Sara Lieberman | March 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Chop the wings and bones into 1-inch (2.5cm) pieces, rinse with cold water, pat dry, and reserve, chilled, for the jus.Daniel Boulud Reveals His 4 Favorite Recipes From His New Cookbook | Daniel Boulud | October 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
For the Glazed Radishes Trim the radishes, leaving a bit of the stem, and rinse.Daniel Boulud Reveals His 4 Favorite Recipes From His New Cookbook | Daniel Boulud | October 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
rinse and repeat until the only people in the market are incredibly expensive to cover.Are Young, Single Adults Expecting Obamacare to Cost So Much? | Megan McArdle | June 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
We found that people are less likely to become ill if they at least rinse their produce.Be Afraid of Your Food: An Epidemiologist’s Sensible Advice | Amanda Kludt | March 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
rinse it in two cold waters, with a drop or two of liquid blue in the last.
Next rinse the veil through two cold waters, tinging the last with indigo.
rinse out a second time, and brush, and dry near a fire, or in a warm room.
rinse it through a clean, lukewarm water; wring it lengthways, and stretch it well.
Then transfer it wet to a lukewarm suds, wash and rinse it well, and dry and iron it.
British Dictionary definitions for rinse
to remove soap from (clothes, etc) by applying clean water in the final stage in washing
to wash lightly, esp without using soap: to rinse one's hands
to give a light tint to (hair)
the act or an instance of rinsing
hairdressing a liquid preparation put on the hair when wet to give a tint to it: a blue rinse
- rinsable or rinsible, adjective
- rinsability or rinsibility, noun
- rinser, noun
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