Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
wascan; akin to D.
wascan, Icel. & Sw.
vaske, and perhaps to E.
To cleanse by ablution, or dipping or rubbing in water; to apply water or other liquid to for the purpose of cleansing; to scrub with water, etc., or as with water;
washthe hands or body; to
washsheep or wool; to
washthe pavement or floor; to
washthe bark of trees.
When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, . . . he took water and
washedhis hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person.
Matt. xxvii. 24.
To cover with water or any liquid; to wet; to fall on and moisten; hence, to overflow or dash against;
washedwith a cold, gray mist.
To waste or abrade by the force of water in motion;
as, heavy rains.
washa road or an embankment
To remove by washing to take away by, or as by, the action of water; to drag or draw off as by the tide; – often with away, off, out, etc.;
washdirt from the hands
Arise, and be baptized, and
washaway thy sins.
Acts xxii. 16.
The tide will
To cover with a thin or watery coat of color; to tint lightly and thinly.
To overlay with a thin coat of metal;
To wash gold, etc.,
to treat earth or gravel, or crushed ore, with water, in order to separate the gold or other metal, or metallic ore, through their higher density.–
To wash the hands of.
To perform the act of ablution.
Washin Jordan seven times.
2 Kings v. 10.
To clean anything by rubbing or dipping it in water; to perform the business of cleansing clothes, ore, etc., in water.“She can wash and scour.”
To bear without injury the operation of being washed;
as, some calicoes do not.
To be wasted or worn away by the action of water, as by a running or overflowing stream, or by the dashing of the sea; – said of road, a beach, etc.
The act of washing; an ablution; a cleansing, wetting, or dashing with water; hence, a quantity, as of clothes, washed at once.
A piece of ground washed by the action of a sea or river, or sometimes covered and sometimes left dry; the shallowest part of a river, or arm of the sea; also, a bog; a marsh; a fen;“The Wash of Edmonton so gay.”
washeshave devoured them.
Substances collected and deposited by the action of water;
washof a sewer, of a river, etc.
washof pastures, fields, commons, and roads, where rain water hath a long time settled.
Waste liquid, the refuse of food, the collection from washed dishes, etc., from a kitchen, often used as food for pigs.
The fermented wort before the spirit is extracted.
A mixture of dunder, molasses, water, and scummings, used in the West Indies for distillation.
That with which anything is washed, or wetted, smeared, tinted, etc., upon the surface.
A liquid cosmetic for the complexion.
A liquid dentifrice.
A liquid preparation for the hair;
as, a hair.
A medical preparation in a liquid form for external application; a lotion.
A thin coat of color, esp. water color.
The blade of an oar, or the thin part which enters the water.
The backward current or disturbed water caused by the action of oars, or of a steamer’s screw or paddles, etc.
The flow, swash, or breaking of a body of water, as a wave; also, the sound of it.
Ten strikes, or bushels, of oysters.
a ball of soap to be used in washing the hands or face.
a barrel nearly full of split mackerel, loosely put in, and afterward filled with salt water in order to soak the blood from the fish before salting.–
A bottle partially filled with some liquid through which gases are passed for the purpose of purifying them, especially by removing soluble constituents.
A washing bottle. See under–
split sheepskin dressed with oil, in imitation of chamois, or shammy, and used for dusting, cleaning glass or plate, etc.; also, alumed, or buff, leather for soldiers' belts.
Their bodies of so weak and
Beau. & Fl.
Capable of being washed without injury; washable;
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To cleanse by ablution, or by rubbing in water; as, to wash the hands or the body; to wash garments.
2.To wet; to fall on and moisten; as, the rain washes the flowers or plants.
3.To overflow. The tides wash the meadows.
4.To overflow or dash against; to cover with water; as, the waves wash the strand or shore; the sea washes the rocks on the shore or beach.
5.To scrub in water; as, to wash a deck or a floor.
6.To separate extraneous matter from; as, to wash ore; to wash grain.
7.In painting, to lay a color over any work with a pencil, to give it the proper tints, and make it appear more natural. Thus work is washed with a pale red to imitate brick, &c.
8.To rub over with some liquid substance; as, to wash trees fro removing insects or diseases.
9.To squeeze and cleanse in water; as, to wash wool. So sheep are said to be washed, when they are immersed in water and their wool squeezed, by which means it is cleansed.
10.To cleanse by a current of water; as, showers wash the streets.
11.To overlay with a thin coat of metal; as steel washed with silver.
12.To purify from the pollution of sin.
But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified. 1 Corinthians 6.
To wash a ship, to bring all her guns to one side to make her heel, and then to wash and scrape her side.
1.To perform the act of ablution.
Wash in Jordan seven times. 2 Kings 5. [Elliptical.]
2.To perform the business of cleansing clothes in water.
She can wash and scour.
To wash off, in calico-printing, to soak and rinse printed calicoes, to dissolve and remove the gum and paste.
1.Alluvial matter; substances collected and deposited by water; as the wash of a river.
2.A bog; a marsh; a fen.
Neptunes salt wash.
3.A cosmetic; as a wash for the face, to help the complexion.
4.A lotion; a medical liquid preparation for external application.
5.A superficial stain or color.
6.Waste liquor of a kitchen for hogs.
7.The act of washing the clothes of a family; or the whole quantity washed at once. There is a great wash, or a small wash.
8.With distillers, the fermentable liquor made b dissolving the proper subject for fermentation and distillation in common water. In the distillery of malt, the wash is made by mixing the water hot, with the malt ground into meal.
9.The shallow part of a river, or arm of the sea; as the wastes in Lincolnshire.
10.The blade of an oar; the thin part, which enters the water and by whose impulse the boat is moved.
11.The color laid on a picture to vary its tints.
12.A substance laid on boards or other work for beauty or preservation.
13.A thin coat of metal.
14.In the west Indies, a mixture of dunder, molasses, water and scummings, for distillation.