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

Examples of backwash in a Sentence

a general recession was the backwash of the crisis in the housing market
Recent Examples on the Web Cleaning regularly is important because there will inevitably be some backwash in your rinsing apparatus after use, which can contain virus particles, bacteria, allergens or other irritants that were flushed from the nose, Lane said. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 Rarick said backwash from the waves hitting this stretch of coastline hardened with sandbags, tarps and boulders is also disrupting the famous surf breaks. Sophie Cocke, ProPublica, 20 Oct. 2012 Watery with pebble- and fleck-size bits of squash and carrots that reminded me of sipping a toddler’s backwash. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 24 Nov. 2021 Yet the bill carves out interest from muni debt from MAGI so that states and cities don’t get caught in the backwash. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2021 It’s not as if the Americans, who won 33 medals (and 16 golds) in Rio needed much rookie assistance to leave the world in their backwash again., 22 July 2021 Bidon is cycling lingo and the French word for water bottle, and the fans pleaded for one as a race souvenir, Covid-19 and backwash be damned. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2021 Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel, who left everyone in their backwash at the Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, each could have a chance at six gold medals in Tokyo., 26 June 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of backwash

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Backwash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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