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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.
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  1. The undomesticated state of a wild animal
After mending the lion's leg, we returned him to the
  1. (especially, in plural) a wilderness
  1. To commit random acts of assault, robbery, and rape in an urban setting, especially as a gang.
    • 1989, David E. Pitt, Jogger's Attackers Terrorized at Least 9 in 2 Hours, New York Times (April 22, 1989), page 1:
    • ::...Chief of Detectives Robert Colangelo, who said the attacks appeared unrelated to money, race, drugs, or alcohol, said that some of the 20 youths brought in for questioning has told investigators that the crime spree was the product of a pastime called "wilding".
    • ::"It's not a term that we in the police had heard before," the chief said, noting that the police were unaware of any similar incident in the park recently. "They just said, 'We were going wilding.' In my mind at this point, it implies that they were going to raise hell."...
adjective (er, est)
  1. untamed, Untamed; not domesticated.
The island of Chincoteague is famous for its horses.
  1. unrestrained, Unrestrained or uninhibited.
I was filled with rage when I discovered the infidelity, and punched a hole in the wall.
  1. raucous, Raucous, unruly, or licentious.
The fraternity was infamous for its parties, which frequently resulted in police involvement.
  1. Visibly and overtly anxious; frantic.
Her mother was with fear when she didn't return home after the party.
  1. disheveled, Disheveled, tangled, or untidy.
After a week on the trail without a mirror, my hair was and dirty.
  1. enthusiastic, Enthusiastic.
I'm not about the idea of a two day car trip with my nephews, but it's my only option.
  1. inaccurate, Inaccurate.
''The novice archer fired a shot and hit her opponent's target.
  1. inaccurately, Inaccurately; not on target.
The javelin flew and struck a spectator, to the horror of all observing.
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  1. (context, usually plural) The action of the verb to work.
  1. (present participle of, work)
Leave him alone, he's .
adjective category:English adjectives
  1. That is or are functioning.
a working ventilator
  1. That suffices but requires additional work.
a working copy of the script
  1. In paid employment.
working mothers
  1. Of or relating to employment.
the working week
  1. Enough to allow one to use something.
a working knowledge of computers

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