- The process or an instance of washing or being washed by water.
- The quantity of clothes washed at a time.
- The sound of breaking of the seas e.g. on the shore.
- The wake of a moving ship.
- The turbulence left in the air by a moving airplane.
- A lotion with medicinal or hygienic properties.
verb (wash, es)
- Ground washed away to the sea or a river.
- A shallow body of water.
- (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
- 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>
Etymology: From wíscan (cognate with Dutch wassen and German waschen).
- To clean with water.
- To move by the force of water in motion (as in the flood washed away houses).
- (mining) To separate valuable material (such as gold) from worthless material by the action of flowing water.
- (intransitive) To clean oneself with water.
- (intransitive) To be eroded or carried away by the action of water.
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