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

  • n. The act or process of one that washes.
  • n. Articles washed or intended to be washed at one time: the week's washing.
  • n. The residue after an ore or other material has been washed.
  • n. The liquid used to wash something. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The action of the verb to wash
  • n. Clothing, bed linen or soft furnishings that have been, are currently being, or are to be washed; laundry.
  • n. The residue after an ore, etc, has been washed
  • n. the liquid used to wash an ore
  • v. Present participle of wash.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of one who washes; the act of cleansing with water; ablution.
  • n. The clothes washed, esp. at one time; a wash.
  • n. Gold dust procured by washing; also, a place where this is done; a washery.
  • n. A thin covering or coat.
  • n. The operation of simultaneously buying and selling the same stock for the purpose of manipulating the market. The transaction is fictitious, and is prohibited by stock-exchange rules.
  • n. The covering of a piece with an infusible powder, which prevents it from sticking to its supports, while receiving the glaze.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The purification of molten cast-iron by additions to the bath of metal in the hearth of a furnace; specifically the oxidization of phosphorus and sulphur by the addition of ores of pure oxid of iron, or those that contain manganese oxid.
  • n. The act of cleansing with water; ablution.
  • n. Clothes washed, especially those washed at one time: awash.
  • n. 3. The result of washing; that which is washed from something else, as gold dust.

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

  • n. garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering
  • n. the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)


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  • Down in our cellar on a Monday and a Tuesday,

    You should hear the slapping and rubbing and the muttering,

    You should see the bubbles and the steaming and the splashing.

    The dark clothes dripping and the white clothes fluttering,

    Where old Ellen Sullivan,

    Cross Ellen Sullivan,

    Kind Ellen Sullivan,

    Is washing and ironing, and ironing and washing.

    - Winifred Welles, 'Old Ellen Sullivan'.

    November 30, 2008