backwash

noun back·wash \ ˈbak-ˌwȯsh , -ˌwäsh \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

Definition of backwash

1 : a backward flow or movement (as of water or air) produced especially by a propelling force; also : the fluid that is moving backward

Examples of backwash in a Sentence

  1. a general recession was the backwash of the crisis in the housing market

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First Known Use of backwash

1837

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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