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[wosh-ing, waw-shing]
  1. the act of a person or thing that washes; ablution.
  2. clothes, linens, etc., washed or to be washed, especially those washed at one time; wash.
  3. Often washings. any liquid that has been used to wash something.
  4. 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.
  5. Mining.
    1. material, as gold dust, obtained by washing earth, gravel, etc.
    2. the deposits so washed.
  6. Metalworking. wash(def 45).
  7. the act of making a wash sale.
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Origin of washing

First recorded in 1175–1225, washing is from the Middle English word wasschunge. See wash, -ing1
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Related Words for washings

laundry, bath, soaking, bathing, wash, ablution, maundy, lavage, lavation, fomentation, lavabo, ablutionary

Examples from the Web for washings

Historical Examples of washings

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

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 447, July 26, 1884


  • The alkaline solution and washings were acidified and distilled from 10 p.ct.

  • We shall want two bucketfuls of soft soap for the first washings.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

  • Washings with tar soap or with a little alcohol and rosemary are beneficial.

    The Complete Bachelor

    Walter Germain

  • They hung out their washings where machine-gun bullets could aerate them.

British Dictionary definitions for washings


  1. articles that have been or are to be washed together on a single occasion
  2. liquid in which an article has been washed
  3. something, such as gold dust or metal ore, that has been obtained by washing
  4. a thin coat of something applied in liquid form
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