back·wash | \ˈbak-ˌwȯsh, -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

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Much of this might seem the amusing backwash of a raucous democracy, but competing claims of patriotism are helping wedge America apart. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Americans celebrate Independence Day, what does it mean to be a patriot?," 2 July 2018 Behind these high water marks are remnants of backwash channels carved by the retreating water. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "There Were Mega-Tsunamis on Mars," 19 May 2016 This backwash is called acid reflux or even simply just reflux. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Causes of That Random Chest Pain," 26 Apr. 2018 That began to change in the backwash of Trump’s election. Bob Moser, New Republic, "How YouTube Became the Worldwide Leader in White Supremacy," 21 Aug. 2017 The rocks could also cause a high-tide backwash, Wilson said. Laylan Connelly, Orange County Register, "San Onofre surf beach closed for road repairs," 17 Apr. 2017 The 21-year-old Florence was participating in a 440-yard ocean-swimming race, but had been blinded by waves and backwash churned up by several passing motorboats. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Answer Man learns to swim with Florence Skadding, the 1920s ‘Washington Mermaid’," 17 June 2017 That was one of a number of claims by the president that called for scrutiny in the fierce backwash of Comey’s accusations in Senate testimony that Trump exerted improper pressure on him to back off an FBI investigation. Jim Drinkard, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: James who? Trump paints Comey as a stranger," 12 June 2017 Wilson said the rocks could also cause a high-tide backwash. Laylan Connelly, Orange County Register, "Surfers fear road-erosion solution could change San Onofre beach forever," 3 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of backwash

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of backwash was in 1837

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