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noun (washes)
  1. The process or an instance of washing or being washed by water.
  2. The quantity of clothes washed at a time.
  3. The sound of breaking of the seas e.g. on the shore.
  4. The wake of a moving ship.
  5. The turbulence left in the air by a moving airplane.
  6. A lotion with medicinal or hygienic properties.
    • Mouthwash
      1. Ground washed away to the sea or a river.
      2. A shallow body of water.
      3. (rfv-sense) In arid and semi-arid regions, the normally dry bed of an intermittent or ephemeral stream; an arroyo; wadi
    • 1997 Stanley Desmond Smith, et al. Physiological Ecology of North American Desert Plants, Nature
    • :In some desert- systems (which have been termed "xero-riparian")
    • 1999 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert
    • :" though the may carry surface water for only a few hours a year.
    • 2005 Le Hayes Pilgrims in the Desert: The Early History of the East Mojave Desert
    • :Rock Spring Wash continues a short distance then joins Watson Wash. Water from Rock Spring comes out of the boulder strewn and disappears into the sand
      1. A lack of progress or regress; no change
      ''His first week at the new job was a , since he spent so much time learning the system instead of using it. <!--is there a corresponding verb sense?--No, AFAIK>
verb (wash, es)
  1. To clean with water.
  2. To move by the force of water in motion (as in the flood washed away houses).
  3. (mining) To separate valuable material (such as gold) from worthless material by the action of flowing water.
  4. (intransitive) To clean oneself with water.
  5. (intransitive) To be eroded or carried away by the action of water.
washing soda Tweet Definition of washing soda Like Definition of washing soda on Facebook
noun
  1. sodium carbonate used as a laundry aid
water Tweet Definition of water Like Definition of water on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) A clear liquid potable by humans and animals; the chemical H<small>2</small>O.
  2. (context, sometimes, countable) Mineral water.
Perrier is the most popular in this restaurant.
  1. (context, countable, often in plural) spa, Spa water.
Many people visit Bath to take the waters.
  1. (alchemy) One of the four basic elements.
  2. (context, India and Japan) One of the five basic elements (see w:Classical_element, Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).
  3. (context, in plural) A sea belonging to particular country.
The boat was found in within the territorial waters.
  1. (context, in plural) Any body of water, such as a river or a lake.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. "Psalms 23:2
  1. (colloquial) urine, Urine.
  2. (context, UK, in plural) amniotic fluid.
Before the child is born, the pregnant woman"s waters break.
  1. (context, US, in singular) Amniotic fluid.
Before the child is born, the pregnant woman"s breaks.
  1. (context, in plural) A complex or difficult situation.
To fish in troubled waters.
To stir the waters.
  1. Awkward position or circumstance; trouble.
To get into deep .
To be in hot over ill-chosen words.
  1. (countable) A serving of water.
:: ''I would like to order a
verb
  1. (transitive) To pour water into the soil surrounding (plants).
Sally watered the roses.
  1. (transitive) To provide (animals) with water.
I need to go the cattle.
  1. (context, transitive, colloquial) To urinate.
  2. (intransitive) (Of eyes) to fill with tears due to irritation, pain etc.
Chopping onions makes my eyes .
water of crystallization Tweet Definition of water of crystallization Like Definition of water of crystallization on Facebook
noun
  1. (chemistry) The water present in the crystals of the salts of certain metals; it is weakly bound by electrostatic forces and may normally be removed by heating.
water softener Tweet Definition of water softener Like Definition of water softener on Facebook
noun
  1. a device which reduces the calcium and magnesium concentration of hard water by passing it through an ion exchange resin
wetting agent Tweet Definition of wetting agent Like Definition of wetting agent on Facebook
noun
  1. a substance, such as a surfactant, that reduces the surface tension of a liquid, allowing it to spread across, and penetrate the surface of a solid
whitewash Tweet Definition of whitewash Like Definition of whitewash on Facebook
noun
  1. a lime and water mixture for painting walls and fences bright white.
Quotations
  • 1952: For walls plaster gave a smooth white surface; or if it was not sufficiently white, or had become discoloured, it could be brightened up with a coat of whitewash or paint. &mdash; L.F. Salzman, Building in England, p. 157.
    1. A victory without reply
verb
  1. to paint over with a lime and water mixture so as to brighten up a wall or fence.
The houses looked very bright when they whitewashed the whole neighborhood.
  1. to cover over errors or bad actions.
In his sermon, the minister didn't try to whitewash over the sins of his church.
  1. (baseball) (slang) an 1800s baseball term meaning to hold a team pointless
wolfram Tweet Definition of wolfram Like Definition of wolfram on Facebook
noun
  1. wolframite
  2. tungsten
wood alcohol Tweet Definition of wood alcohol Like Definition of wood alcohol on Facebook
noun
  1. (organic compound) The compound methyl alcohol or methanol.

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