- material, as gold dust, obtained by washing earth, gravel, etc.
- the deposits so washed.
Words nearby washing
Definition for washing (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
- to subject (earth or ore) to the action or force of water in order to separate valuable material.
- to separate (valuable material) in this way.
verb (used without object)
- an upper surface so inclined as to shed rain water from a building.
- any member of a building having such a surface.
- to clean completely by washing: to wash down a car.
- to facilitate the swallowing of (food or medicine) by drinking water or other liquid: to wash down a meal with a glass of wine.
- to be removed by washing: The stain wouldn't wash out.
- to damage or demolish by the action of water: The embankment was washed out by the storm.
- Informal. to fail to qualify or continue; be eliminated: to wash out of graduate school.
- to become dim, indistinct, or blurred: The face of the watch washes out in sunlight.
- to wash one's face and hands: Aren't you going to wash up? Dinner is almost ready.
- to wash (dishes, flatware, pots, etc.): I'll wash up the dishes, don't bother. We had someone in to wash up after the party.
- to end, especially ignominiously (usually in the passive): After that performance, he's all washed up as a singer.
Origin of wash
OTHER WORDS FROM washpre·wash, noun, verb (used with object)re·wash, verbun·der·wash, verbwell-washed, adjective
Examples from the Web for washing
For days, the ruble has been falling and salaries shrinking; shoppers have rushed to snap up TV sets and washing machines.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug|Anna Nemtsova|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There's a scene in which a nude Amy Elliott-Dunne, played with committed gusto by Rosamund Pike, is washing off in the shower.Yes, Ben Affleck Goes Full-Frontal in ‘Gone Girl,’ Confronting One of Cinema’s Last Taboos|Marlow Stern|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We were finishing steaks at a motel dining room, washing them down with beer, when the waitress could stand it no longer.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life|Paul Hemphill|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The washing, touching, and kissing of these bodies—typical in many West African burials—can be deadly.
Another high-profile Lib Dem caused outcry by complaining that “the party was washing its dirty linen in public.”A Sleaze Civil War Engulfs Britain’s Liberal Democrats|Nico Hines|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By the river some women, no larger in appearance than little dolls, were standing and washing.A Russian Proprietor|Lyof N. Tolstoi
Begin, if raw stock, by washing and rinsing thoroughly in order to remove all natural grease and dirt adhering to the fibre.The Practical Ostrich Feather Dyer|Alexander Paul
If washing does not remove them, use chloric ether, or new spirits of turpentine.The Young Housekeeper's Friend|Mrs. (Mary Hooker) Cornelius
Then, after washing their feet, the sweeper and the village headman walk barefoot hurriedly across the fire.The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India|R. V. Russell
This daily washing is a capital stove; for I find all hands say that, when it is once over, they feel like new men.The Sea Lions|James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for washing (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for washing (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for washing (3 of 3)
- euphemistic to go to the lavatory
- (usually foll by of) to refuse to have anything more to do (with)
- any medicinal or soothing lotion for application to a part of the body
- (in combination)an eyewash
- the technique of making wash drawings
- See wash drawing
Word Origin for wash
Medicine definitions for washing
Idioms and Phrases with washing
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
- come out in the wash
- won't wash