- material, as gold dust, obtained by washing earth, gravel, etc.
- the deposits so washed.
Examples from the Web for washings
The liquors from the first three washings contain practically, all these metals, and they alone are treated.
Still, the bulk of the wages from the mines and washings are spent for drink and in gambling.The Heart of Canyon Pass|Thomas K. Holmes
The washings of geologic aeons have exposed to view immense quantities of these enchanted forests.Overland|John William De Forest
Sometimes, in households of plentiful supply, these washings were done but once a year; in other homes, semi-annually.Old-Time Gardens|Alice Morse Earle
Boil down the filtrate and washings to get rid of the excess of the gas; add some nitric acid and continue the boiling.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer