washer

[ wosh-er, waw-sher ]
/ ˈwɒʃ ər, ˈwɔ ʃər /

noun

a person or thing that washes.
a flat ring or perforated piece of leather, rubber, metal, etc., used to give tightness to a joint, to prevent leakage, to distribute pressure, etc., as under the head of a nut or bolt.

Nearby words

  1. washdown,
  2. washed out,
  3. washed up,
  4. washed-out,
  5. washed-up,
  6. washer-dryer,
  7. washerman,
  8. washerwoman,
  9. washery,
  10. washeteria

Origin of washer

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at wash, -er1

Related formswash·er·less, adjective

Origin of wash

before 900; Middle English washen (v.), Old English wascan (cognate with Dutch wasschen, German waschen, Old Norse vaska) < Germanic *watskan, equivalent to *wat- (root of water) + *-sk- v. suffix + *-an infinitive suffix

SYNONYMS FOR wash
1. clean, lave, rinse, launder, mop, swab. 4. bedew. 5. bathe. 24. ablution, cleansing, bathing. 37. swamp, morass.

Related formspre·wash, noun, verb (used with object)re·wash, verbun·der·wash, verbwell-washed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for washer

washer

/ (ˈwɒʃə) /

noun

a person or thing that washes
a flat ring or drilled disc of metal used under the head of a bolt or nut to spread the load when tightened
any flat ring of rubber, felt, metal, etc, used to provide a seal under a nut or in a tap or valve seat
chemical engineering a device for cleaning or washing gases or vapours; scrubber
Australian a face cloth; flannel

Wash

/ (wɒʃ) /

noun

the Wash a shallow inlet of the North Sea on the E coast of England, between Lincolnshire and Norfolk

wash

/ (wɒʃ) /

verb

noun


Word Origin for wash

Old English wæscan, waxan; related to Old High German wascan; see water

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Word Origin and History for washer
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Medicine definitions for washer

wash

[ wŏsh ]

v.

To cleanse, using water or other liquid, usually with soap, detergent, or bleach, by immersing, dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing.
To make moist or wet.

n.

The act or process of cleansing or washing.
A solution used to cleanse or bathe a part.

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Idioms and Phrases with washer

wash

In addition to the idioms beginning with wash

  • wash down
  • washed out
  • washed up
  • wash one's dirty linen in public
  • wash one's hands of
  • wash out
  • wash up

also see:

  • come out in the wash
  • won't wash
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