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

  • n. A place or business equipped for washing cars and other motor vehicles.
  • n. The act or an instance of washing a car, especially at a car wash: filled up the gas tank and then got a car wash.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An event at which people (often children) wash cars, often for a small fee or donation
  • n. A place at which a car is washed, usually for a fee and often mechanically by driving the car through a tunnel.
  • n. An instance of washing a car, especially such a place.


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