backwash

noun
back·​wash | \ ˈbak-ˌwȯsh How to pronounce backwash (audio) , -ˌwäsh \

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

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Examples of backwash in a Sentence

a general recession was the backwash of the crisis in the housing market
Recent Examples on the Web Retain their own then let the initial wave of big money spending wash over them before searching the backwash for good deals. David Moore, Dallas News, 17 Mar. 2021 This was part of the backwash from the rising secularism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2021 The backwash from waves hitting the shore made the surfing there bumpy. Sophie Cocke, ProPublica, 5 Dec. 2020 Just like backwash hitting the surf, the result could be turbulent. Jen Schwartz, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2018 The captain also had to keep the unicorn from getting caught up in the backwash of the ship’s engine. Iliana Magra, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2020 The burn is caused by a backwash of stomach acid into the esophagus and may be triggered by lying down within three hours after a meal, since gravity acts as an important barrier to reversed acid flow. Janis Graham, Redbook, 28 Nov. 2017 Now times have changed, and Chinese scientists at U.S. universities are trapped in the backwash. David Armstrong, ProPublica, 18 Mar. 2020 This generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of green energy. Philip B. Russell, The Mercury News, 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of backwash

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Backwash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backwash. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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