Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To wash lightly with water.
  • transitive v. To remove (soap, for example) by washing lightly in water.
  • n. The act of washing lightly.
  • n. A solution, such as water, used in rinsing.
  • n. A solution used in coloring or conditioning the hair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To wash (something) quickly using water and no soap.
  • v. To remove soap from (something) using water.
  • v. to thoroughly defeat in an argument, fight or other competition.
  • n. The action of rinsing.
  • n. Any hair dye.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of rinsing.
  • transitive v. To wash lightly; to cleanse with a second or repeated application of water after washing.
  • transitive v. To cleancse by the introduction of water; -- applied especially to hollow vessels.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wash lightly, as by laving or bathing rather than rubbing; wash out or off with any cleansing liquid; especially, to subject to a fresh application of water in order to remove stains or impurities that may have been left from a former washing.
  • To remove by rinsing: with out, away, off, etc.
  • n. A rinsing or light washing; specifically, a renewed or final application of water or some other liquid in order to remove any impurities still remaining from a former washing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the removal of soap with clean water in the final stage of washing
  • n. the act of giving a light tint to the hair
  • v. wash off soap or remaining dirt
  • n. washing lightly without soap
  • v. clean with some chemical process
  • v. rinse one's mouth and throat with mouthwash
  • n. a liquid preparation used on wet hair to give it a tint

Etymologies

Middle English rincen, from Old French rincier, from Vulgar Latin *recentiāre, from Latin recēns, recent-, fresh; see recent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English rinsen, rensen, rinshen, rencen ("to rinse"), partly from Old Norse hreinsa ("to rinse"); and partly from Middle French rincer ("to rinse, wash"), from Old French rinser, reinser ("to rinse"), Old Northern French raïncer, raïncier ("to rinse, cleanse"), from Old Norse hreinsa ("to rinse, cleanse"), from Proto-Germanic *hrainisōnan (“to clean, purify”), from Proto-Indo-European *ker-, *kery-, *krēy- (“to separate, divide”). Cognate with Danish rense ("to purify"), Norwegian rense ("to cleanse"), Swedish rensa ("to purge, clear, wipe clean"), Old High German reinisōn ("to clean, purify, atone"), German rein ("pure, clean"), Gothic 𐌷𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌽𐍃 (hrains, "clean"). More at riddle. (Wiktionary)

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  • The sun was throwing long blue shadows over the fields, brightening the trees on the river bank, with a thin rinse of pale gold.

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  • They may leave residues in clothes and are difficult to rinse, which is especially problematic for delicate fabrics.

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  • Pollsters can always "rinse" their data to try to correct such flaws.

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  • You'd have thought "rinse" would be the first thing on the dial at the 1 o'clock position but … "Wash" was over that way too.

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  • Pour the stock and the soup into a pot and bring to a boil. (one hint: I do not put all the stock in at first, use it to "rinse" out the soup can, instead of trying to scrape out bits of soup - you are not adding water to this).

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  • After the load is done, I have to manually turn a switch to drain the water .... which can sometimes leave my clothes fairly soapy if I accidentally dumped too much detergent in, necessitating a second cycle just to "rinse" my clothes.

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