(noun, verb)


1. a thin coat of water-base paint

Definition categories: man–made

2. the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)

Similar word(s): lavation, washing

Definition categories: act, work

3. the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)

Definition categories: object, streambed

4. the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway)

- from the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water

Similar word(s): washout

Definition categories: process

5. the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller

Similar word(s): airstream, backwash, race, slipstream

Definition categories: phenomenon, flow

6. a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other

Definition categories: man–made, watercolor, watercolour

7. garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering

Similar word(s): laundry, washables, washing

Definition categories: man–made, garment

8. any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out

- at the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash

Definition categories: act

Sentences with wash as a noun:

- I'm going to have a quick wash before coming to bed.

- My jacket needs a wash.

- There's a lot in that wash: maybe you should split it into two piles.

- I could hear the wash of the wave.

- The ship left a big wash

- Sail away from the wash to avoid rocking the boat.

- mouth wash

- hand wash

- a carriage wash in a stable


1. clean with some chemical process

Similar word(s): rinse

Definition categories: contact, process, serve

2. cleanse (one's body) with soap and water

Similar word(s): lave

Definition categories: body, clean, cleanse

3. cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water

- Wash the towels, please!

Similar word(s): launder

Definition categories: contact, clean

4. move by or as if by water

- The swollen river washed away the footbridge

Definition categories: motion, displace, move

5. be capable of being washed

- Does this material wash?

Definition categories: stative, be

6. admit to testing or proof

- This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court

Definition categories: stative, stand

7. separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)

Definition categories: contact, separate

8. apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to

Definition categories: contact, cover

9. remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent

- he washed the dirt from his coat

- The nurse washed away the blood

- Can you wash away the spots on the windows?

Definition categories: change, remove, take, withdraw

10. form by erosion

- The river washed a ravine into the mountainside

Definition categories: change, erode, fret

11. make moist

Similar word(s): dampen, moisten

Definition categories: change, wet

12. wash or flow against

Similar word(s): lap, lave

Definition categories: change, flow

13. to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking

- The cat washes several times a day

Definition categories: body, clean, cleanse

Sentences with wash as a verb:

- The car is so dirty, we need to wash it.

- Dishwashers wash dishes much more efficiently than most humans.

- Heavy rains wash a road or an embankment.

- The flood washed away houses.

- I wash every morning after getting up.

- Waves wash the shore.

- to hear the water washing

- Some calicoes do not wash.

- steel washed with silver