from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To wash (clothes, for example).
- transitive v. To wash, fold, and iron: shirts that were neatly laundered by the hotel staff.
- transitive v. To disguise the source or nature of (illegal funds, for example) by channeling through an intermediate agent.
- transitive v. To make more acceptable or presentable, sanitize: "The transcripts are, of course, laundered . . . unidentified larger chunks of conversation are reported missing throughout” ( Eliot Fremont-Smith).
- intransitive v. To undergo washing in a specified way: This material launders well.
- intransitive v. To wash or prepare laundry.
- n. A trough or flume used in washing ore.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A washerwoman.
- n. A trough used by miners to receive powdered ore from the box where it is beaten, or for carrying water to the stamps, or other apparatus for comminuting (sorting) the ore.
- n. A gutter (for rainwater)
- v. To wash; to wash, and to smooth with a flatiron or mangle; to wash and iron.
- v. To lave; to wet.
- v. To disguise the source of ill-gotten wealth by various means.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A washerwoman.
- n. A trough used by miners to receive the powdered ore from the box where it is beaten, or for carrying water to the stamps, or other apparatus, for comminuting, or sorting, the ore.
- transitive v. To wash, as clothes; to wash, and to smooth with a flatiron or mangle; to wash and iron.
- transitive v. To lave; to wet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who washes; a washerwoman or washerman.
- n. A gutter or channel for conveying water; specifically, a channel or trough, generally made of wood, in which water is carried in any desired direction.
- To wash and iron, as clothes; do up by washing, starching, and ironing: now used especially of laundry-work on a large scale.
- To wet; wash.
- To cover, as a metal, with a thin wash or film.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. convert illegally obtained funds into legal ones
- v. cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water
From Middle English launder, lavender, launderer, from Old French lavandier, from Vulgar Latin *lavandārius, from Latin lavandāria, things to be washed, from lavanda, neuter pl. gerundive of lavāre, to wash; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Contracted from Middle English lavender, from Old French lavandiere, from Late Latin lavandena, from Latin lavō ("I wash"). (Wiktionary)