from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To clean (clothing or fabrics) with chemical solvents that have little or no water.
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- v. Alternative spelling of dry clean.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to clean without the use of water; -- usually by immersing in an organic solvent to remove grease.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. clean with chemical agents
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For much of the 20th century, carbon tetrachloride was regarded as a miracle chemical: It was used to put out fires, degrease machines, kill bugs, dry-clean clothing and even help stamp collectors detect forgeries.
STAINS Wash rather than dry-clean shirts with yellow underarm stains.
But it can be tricky to figure out when to dry-clean and when to hand - or machine-wash.
For those who assume Mr. Panichgul's high-end duds are dry-clean only, think again.
Mr. Dunn is careful not to dry-clean pants too often, saying it can take a toll on the fabric.
The shop refuses to even consider taking them unless you dry-clean them all first -- which will cost you at least $100.
My grandmother would send me to phys ed in a navy-blue, puffy-sleeved, one-piece cashmere sweat suit with a patent-leather belt, and warn me not to sweat in it, since it was dry-clean only.
“And then I said to him,” Mr. Lockwood continued loudly, “‘The pants were dry-clean only!’”
But dry-clean suits and other woven garments made of cashmere or camel hair.
Dry cleaning try to save dry-clean only items for special occasions.