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Definition 1: any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out - [noun denoting act]

Samples where wash or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(wash is a kind of ...) activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise

(wash is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 2: the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water) - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for wash in the sense of this definition

(wash is a kind of ...) activity directed toward making or doing something

"she checked several points needing further work"

(... is a kind of wash ) the act of washing yourself (or another person)

(... is a kind of wash ) washing something by allowing it to soak

(... is a kind of wash ) washing lightly without soap

(... is a kind of wash ) the activity of washing windows

(... is a kind of wash ) the washing of dishes etc after a meal

(... is a kind of wash ) the act of washing dishes

(... is a kind of wash ) the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels

(... is a kind of wash ) washing clothes and bed linens

(wash is a part of ...) the removal of soap with clean water in the final stage of washing

Definition 3: garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for wash in the sense of this definition

(wash is a kind of ...) an article of clothing

"garments of the finest silk"

(wash is a kind of ...) drygoods for household use that are typically made of white cloth

Definition 4: a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for wash in the sense of this definition

(wash is a kind of ...) a painting produced with watercolors

Definition 5: a thin coat of water-base paint - [noun denoting artifact]

(wash is a kind of ...) paint in which water is used as the vehicle

(... is a kind of wash ) a wash that colors a surface black

(... is a kind of wash ) a water-base paint containing zinc oxide and glue and coloring; used as a wash for walls and ceilings

(... is a kind of wash ) a wash of whitewash or other water-base paint tinted with a colored pigment

(... is a kind of wash ) wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces

Definition 6: the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon) - [noun denoting object]

Synonyms for wash in the sense of this definition

(wash is a kind of ...) a channel occupied (or formerly occupied) by a stream

(wash belongs to a domain located in ...) the region of the United States lying to the west of the Mississippi River

Definition 7: the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Synonyms for wash in the sense of this definition

(wash is a kind of ...) any uninterrupted stream or discharge

Definition 8: the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway) - [noun denoting process]

Samples where wash or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for wash in the sense of this definition

(wash is a kind of ...) the washing away of soil by the flow of water

(... is a kind of wash ) the washing away of soil or other loose material by rain

Definition 9: cleanse (one's body) with soap and water - [verb of body]

Synonyms for wash in the sense of this definition

(wash is a kind of ...) clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing

"clean up before you see your grandparents" "clean your fingernails before dinner"

(... is a kind of wash ) wash with a sponge

(... is a kind of wash ) wash thoroughly

"surgeons must scrub prior to an operation"

(... is a kind of wash ) rinse one's mouth and throat with mouthwash

"gargle with this liquid"

(... is a kind of wash ) use shampoo on (hair)

(... is a kind of wash ) wash by removing particles

"Wash ores"

(wash has a similar meaning as ...) to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking

"The cat washes several times a day"

Definition 10: to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking - [verb of body]

Samples where wash or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The cat washes several times a day

(wash is a kind of ...) clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing

"clean up before you see your grandparents" "clean your fingernails before dinner"

(wash has a similar meaning as ...) cleanse (one's body) with soap and water

Definition 11: remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent - [verb of change]

Samples where wash or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he washed the dirt from his coat
  • The nurse washed away the blood
  • Can you wash away the spots on the windows?
  • he managed to wash out the stains

Synonyms for wash in the sense of this definition

(wash is a kind of ...) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

"remove a threat" "remove a wrapper" "Remove the dirty dishes from the table" "take the gun from your pocket" "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

(wash has a similar meaning as ...) clean with some chemical process

(wash has a similar meaning as ...) wash free from unwanted substances, such as dirt

"Wash out your dirty shirt in the sink"

Definition 12: make moist - [verb of change]

Samples where wash or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The dew moistened the meadows

Synonyms for wash in the sense of this definition

(wash is a kind of ...) cause to become wet

"Wet your face"

(... is a kind of wash ) make (more) humid

"We have a machine that humidifies the air in the house"

(... is a kind of wash ) cover with liquid before cooking

"baste a roast"

Definition 13: wash or flow against - [verb of change]

Samples where wash or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the waves laved the shore

Synonyms for wash in the sense of this definition

(wash is a kind of ...) cover or swamp with water

Definition 14: form by erosion - [verb of change]

Samples where wash or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The river washed a ravine into the mountainside

(wash is a kind of ...) remove soil or rock

"Rain eroded the terraces"

(wash has a similar meaning as ...) move by or as if by water

"The swollen river washed away the footbridge"

Definition 15: cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water - [verb of contact]

Samples where wash or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Wash the towels, please!

Synonyms for wash in the sense of this definition

(wash is a kind of ...) make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from

"Clean the stove!" "The dentist cleaned my teeth"

(... is a kind of wash ) wash with water

(... is a kind of wash ) wash with acid so as to achieve a bleached look

"acid-wash blue jeans"

(... is a kind of wash ) wash by machine

"Can these shirts be machine-washed?"

(... is a kind of wash ) wash or launder by hand instead of with a machine

"This delicate sweater must be handwashed"

(... is a kind of wash ) wash with stones to achieve a worn appearance

"stonewash blue jeans"

(... is a kind of wash ) wash in a cradle

"cradle gold"

(... is a kind of wash ) wash off soap or remaining dirt

(... is a kind of wash ) wash in suds

(... is a kind of wash ) wash before painting to remove old paint and mildew

"pressure-wash the house"

(... is a kind of wash ) wash free from unwanted substances, such as dirt

"Wash out your dirty shirt in the sink"

(wash has a similar meaning as ...) clean with some chemical process

(wash has a similar meaning as ...) be capable of being washed

"Does this material wash?"

Definition 16: separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals) - [verb of contact]

(wash is a kind of ...) divide into components or constituents

"Separate the wheat from the chaff"

(... is a kind of wash ) wash dirt in a pan to separate out the precious minerals

(wash implies ...) wash off soap or remaining dirt

(wash has a similar meaning as ...) clean with some chemical process

Definition 17: clean with some chemical process - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for wash in the sense of this definition

(wash is a kind of ...) deliver a warrant or summons to someone

"He was processed by the sheriff"

(... is a kind of wash ) wash out with a solvent, as in chromatography

(wash has a similar meaning as ...) 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?" "he managed to wash out the stains"

(wash has a similar meaning as ...) cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water

"Wash the towels, please!"

(wash has a similar meaning as ...) separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)

Definition 18: apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to - [verb of contact]

(wash is a kind of ...) provide with a covering or cause to be covered

"cover her face with a handkerchief" "cover the child with a blanket" "cover the grave with flowers"

(... is a kind of wash ) cover with whitewash

"whitewash walls"

Definition 19: move by or as if by water - [verb of motion]

Samples where wash or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The swollen river washed away the footbridge

(wash is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(wash has a similar meaning as ...) form by erosion

"The river washed a ravine into the mountainside"

Definition 20: be capable of being washed - [verb of stative]

Samples where wash or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Does this material wash?

(wash is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(wash has a similar meaning as ...) cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water

"Wash the towels, please!"

Definition 21: admit to testing or proof - [verb of stative]

Samples where wash or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court

(wash is a kind of ...) be in effect; be or remain in force

"The law stands!"

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