handwashing

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noun hand·wash·ing \ˈhand-ˌwȯ-shiŋ, -ˌwä-\
variants: or

hand–washing

Definition of handwashing

  1. 1 :  the act or activity of washing one's hands Some 80 percent of your exposure to germs occurs through tough, making proper handwashing key to protecting yourself. — Andrew Weil, Self Healing, December 2004

  2. 2 :  the act or activity or washing something by hand rather than by using a machine delicate fabrics that require hand-washing

hand–wash

\ˈhand-ˌwȯsh, -ˌwäsh\ play transitive verb,

hand–washed

;

hand–washing

;

hand–washes

… cotton that he said had to be hand-washed in lukewarm water … — John Updike, “Beautiful Husbands” in Trust Me, 1987

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First Known Use of handwashing

1793


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