- an apparatus, especially a household appliance, for washing clothing, linens, etc.
Origin of washing machine
First recorded in 1790–1800
Also called washer.
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Examples from the Web for washing machine
His apparatus is constructed on the principle of the washing-machine, the fumes of burning sulphur being used instead of water.
The pieces are bucked or boiled in milk of lime for 12 to 14 hours, followed by rinsing or cleansing in the washing-machine.
The water and clothes are supplied to the washing-machine, and operated by the engine.Inventions in the Century
William Henry Doolittle
Furthermore, a wall socket for the electric iron and washing-machine is a convenience very much appreciated.Artificial Light
And this too before the day of the washing-machine, the steam laundry, and the electric iron!Woman's Life in Colonial Days
- a mechanical apparatus, usually powered by electricity, for washing clothing, linens, etc