AskDefine | Define washing

Dictionary Definition



1 the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water) [syn: wash, lavation]
2 garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering [syn: laundry, wash, washables]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • italbrac UK: /ˈwɒʃɪŋ/, /"wQSIN/
  • italbrac US: , /ˈwɑʃɪŋ/, /"wASIN/
  • Rhymes with: -ɒʃɪŋ


  1. the action of the noun to wash
  2. In the context of "uncountable|UK": clothing, bed linen or soft furnishings that have been or are to be washed
    • My mother used to do the washing on a Monday
  3. In the context of "countable|often in the plural": the residue after an ore, etc, has been washed
    • The washings have a higher concentration of metal
  4. the liquid used to wash an ore



action of the noun "to wash"
  • French: lavage
articles that have been or are to be washed
residue after an ore, etc, has been washed
liquid used to wash an ore


  1. present participle of wash

Extensive Definition

Washing is one way of cleaning, namely with water and often some kind of soap or detergent. Washing is an essential part of good hygiene and health.
Often people use soaps and detergents assist in the emulsification of oils and dirt particles so they can be washed away.
People usually wash themselves periodically. Little children, the sick, and people with disabilities may be washed by a caregiver. Often a shower or a bathtub is used for persons washing themselves or others. Showers or baths are commonly taken in the nude and often in private.
In Europe, some people use a bidet to wash their private parts after using the toilet.
More frequent is washing of just the hands, e.g. before and after preparing food and eating, after using the toilet, after handling something dirty, etc. Hand washing is important in reducing the spread of germs.
Brushing ones teeth is also a kind of washing.
Washing also refers to laundry, often hung on a washing line or tumble dried.Washing also refers to washing our faces when we rise in the morning.We also wash our face often to keep ourselves cool.
washing in German: Körperpflege
washing in French: Hygiène du corps
washing in Dutch: Wassen (schoonmaak)
washing in Japanese: 洗浄
washing in Simple English: Washing
washing in Tamil: கழுவுதல்

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ablution, bear raid, bull raid, cleaning out, corner, corner in, douche, douching, elution, elutriation, enema, flush, flushing, flushing out, irrigation, lap, lapping, lathering, laundering, laundry, lavabo, lavage, lavation, laving, manipulation, monopoly, mopping, mopping up, plash, raid, rigging, rinse, rinsing, scouring, scrub, scrubbing, scrubbing up, shampoo, slosh, soaping, splash, sponge, sponging, swabbing, swash, tubbing, wash, wash sale, washday, washing up, washout, washup, wiping up
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