Wash Definition

Define what is Wash?

1. wash (noun)

a thin coat of water-base paint.


    water-base paint noun
    paint in which water is used as the vehicle.


    blackwash noun
    a wash that colors a surface black.

    calcimine noun
    a water-base paint containing zinc oxide and glue and coloring; used as a wash for walls and ceilings.

    color wash, colour wash noun
    a wash of whitewash or other water-base paint tinted with a colored pigment.

    whitewash noun
    wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces.

    2. wash, rinse (verb)

    clean with some chemical process.

      Synonyms: rinse

      swear out, process, serve verb
      deliver a warrant or summons to someone.


      elute verb
      wash out with a solvent, as in chromatography.

      3. lavation, washing, wash (noun)

      the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water).

        Synonyms: lavation, washing

        work noun
        activity directed toward making or doing something.


        washup, bathing noun
        the act of washing yourself (or another person).

        ablution noun
        the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels.

        dishwashing, washup noun
        the act of washing dishes.

        washing-up noun
        the washing of dishes etc after a meal.

        window-washing noun
        the activity of washing windows.

        rinse noun
        washing lightly without soap.

        soak, soaking noun
        washing something by allowing it to soak.

        laundering noun
        washing clothes and bed linens.

        4. lave, wash (verb)

        cleanse (one's body) with soap and water.

          Synonyms: lave

          cleanse, clean verb
          clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing.


          sponge down verb
          wash with a sponge.

          scrub up, scrub verb
          wash thoroughly.

          gargle, rinse verb
          rinse one's mouth and throat with mouthwash.

          shampoo verb
          use shampoo on (hair).

          hush verb
          wash by removing particles.

          5. launder, wash (verb)

          cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water.

          • Wash the towels, please!.
          Synonyms: launder

          clean, make clean verb
          make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from.


          water-wash verb
          wash with water.

          wash out verb
          wash free from unwanted substances, such as dirt.

          powerwash, pressure-wash verb
          wash before painting to remove old paint and mildew.

          suds verb
          wash in suds.

          rinse, rinse off verb
          wash off soap or remaining dirt.

          cradle verb
          wash in a cradle.

          stone-wash, stonewash verb
          wash with stones to achieve a worn appearance.

          hand-wash, handwash verb
          wash or launder by hand instead of with a machine.

          machine-wash, machine wash verb
          wash by machine.

          acid-wash verb
          wash with acid so as to achieve a bleached look.

          6. dry wash, wash (noun)

          the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon).

            Synonyms: dry wash

            creek bed, streambed noun
            a channel occupied (or formerly occupied) by a stream.

            7. washout, wash (noun)

            the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway).

            • from the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water.
            Synonyms: washout

            soil erosion noun
            the washing away of soil by the flow of water.


            rain-wash noun
            the washing away of soil or other loose material by rain.

            8. wash (verb)

            move by or as if by water.

            • The swollen river washed away the footbridge.

            move, displace verb
            cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense.

            9. wash (verb)

            be capable of being washed.

            • Does this material wash?.

            Be verb
            have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun).

            10. backwash, slipstream, airstream, race, wash (noun)

            the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller.


              flow noun
              any uninterrupted stream or discharge.

              11. wash drawing, wash (noun)

              a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other.

                Synonyms: wash drawing

                watercolor, water-color, water-colour, watercolour noun
                a painting produced with watercolors.

                12. wash (verb)

                admit to testing or proof.

                • This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court.

                stand verb
                be in effect; be or remain in force.

                13. laundry, washables, washing, wash (noun)

                garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering.


                  garment noun
                  an article of clothing.

                  household linen, white goods noun
                  drygoods for household use that are typically made of white cloth.

                  14. wash (verb)

                  separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals).


                    separate verb
                    divide into components or constituents.


                    pan off, Pan, pan out verb
                    wash dirt in a pan to separate out the precious minerals.

                    15. wash (noun)

                    any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out.

                    • at the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash.

                    business activity, commercial activity noun
                    activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise.

                    16. wash (verb)

                    apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to.


                      cover verb
                      provide with a covering or cause to be covered.


                      whitewash verb
                      cover with whitewash.

                      17. wash off, wash away, wash out, wash (verb)

                      remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent.

                      • he washed the dirt from his coat.
                      • The nurse washed away the blood.
                      • Can you wash away the spots on the windows?.
                      • he managed to wash out the stains.

                      remove, take away, withdraw, take verb
                      remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract.

                      18. wash (verb)

                      form by erosion.

                      • The river washed a ravine into the mountainside.

                      eat away, erode, fret verb
                      remove soil or rock.

                      19. moisten, dampen, wash (verb)

                      make moist.

                      • The dew moistened the meadows.
                      Synonyms: moisten, dampen

                      wet verb
                      cause to become wet.


                      humidify, moisturise, moisturize verb
                      make (more) humid.

                      baste verb
                      cover with liquid before cooking.

                      20. lave, lap, wash (verb)

                      wash or flow against.

                      • the waves laved the shore.
                      Synonyms: lave, lap

                      flow verb
                      cover or swamp with water.

                      21. wash (verb)

                      to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking.

                      • The cat washes several times a day.

                      cleanse, clean verb
                      clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing.

                      Nearby Terms

                      wash away (verb)

                      wash down (verb)
                      eat food accompanied by lots of liquid; also use metaphorically

                      wash drawing (noun)
                      a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other

                      wash leather (noun)
                      piece of chamois used for cleaning and polishing

                      wash off (verb)
                      remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent

                      wash one's hands (verb)
                      to absolve oneself of responsibility or future blame

                      wash out (verb)
                      prevent or interrupt due to rain

                      wash room (noun)
                      a toilet that is available to the public

                      wash up (verb)
                      wash one's face and hands

                      wash-and-wear (noun)
                      a fabric treated to be easily washable and to require no ironing

                      wash-hand basin (noun)
                      a basin for washing the hands (`wash-hand basin' is a British expression)

                      wash-hand stand (noun)
                      furniture consisting of a table or stand to hold a basin and pitcher of water for washing: `wash-hand stand' is a British term

                      washable (adjective)
                      capable of being washed without injury

                      washables (noun)
                      garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering

                      washbasin (noun)
                      a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face