"washes" in the noun sense
a thin coat of water-base paint
2. wash, washing, lavation
the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
3. wash, dry wash
the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)
4. washout, wash
the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway
"from the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water"
5. slipstream, airstream, race, backwash, wash
the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller
6. wash, wash drawing
a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other
7. laundry, wash, washing, washables
garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering
any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out
"at the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash"
"washes" in the verb sense
1. wash, rinse
clean with some chemical process
2. wash, lave
cleanse (one's body) with soap and water
3. wash, launder
cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water
"Wash the towels, please!"
move by or as if by water
"The swollen river washed away the footbridge"
be capable of being washed
"Does this material wash?"
admit to testing or proof
"This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court"
separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)
apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to
9. wash, wash out, wash off, wash away
remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent
"he washed the dirt from his coat"
"The nurse washed away the blood"
"Can you wash away the spots on the windows?"
"he managed to wash out the stains"
form by erosion
"The river washed a ravine into the mountainside"
11. moisten, wash, dampen
"The dew moistened the meadows"
12. lave, lap, wash
wash or flow against
"the waves laved the shore"
to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking
"The cat washes several times a day"
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