wash

Definitions

General English

Construction

  • The top surface of a building element, such as a coping or sill, intended to shed water.
  • A manner of applying water colors to a rendering.

Military

  • noun a movement on the surface of water, left by a passing boat or ship
  • verb to clean oneself or an object with water

Slang

  • noun crack. Washing refers to the chemical purifying of cocaine (with ether for instance) for freebasing or in order to produce the more potent crack.

Travel

  • noun the act of cleaning something, somebody or yourself with water or another liquid
  • noun clothes which are being washed or which are dirty and need to be washed
  • verb to clean with water or another liquid

Origin & History of “wash”

Etymologically, to wash something is probably to clean it with ‘water’. like German waschen, Dutch wasschen, and Swedish vaska, it goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *waskan, which seems to have been derived from *wat-, the base which produced English water. (Washer ‘small disc with a hole’ (14th c.) is usually assumed to come from the same source, but its semantic link with wash has never been satisfactorily explained.).
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