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prerinse

verb pre·rinse \ ˌprē-ˈrin(t)s \
variants: or pre-rinse

Definition of prerinse

prerinsed or pre-rinsed; prerinsing or pre-rinsing
transitive + intransitive
: to rinse (something) in preparation for further cleaning or treatment
  • prerinse a stained blouse
  • If you run water over quinoa that hasn't been prerinsed you will see a soapy residue washing off.
  • —Cheryl Forberg
  • … a dishwasher that will clean all but the most caked-on, dried-on foods, without having to prerinse
  • —Merle Henkenius
  • bought a bag of pre-rinsed greens

First Known Use of prerinse

1926

in the meaning defined above

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prerinse

noun
variants: or pre-rinse

Definition of prerinse

plural prerinses or pre-rinses
1 : an act or instance of prerinsing something
  • … shoes have a tendency to rot if you just leave the mud on them until the next time. If possible, therefore, give everything a prerinse, outdoors.
  • —Richard Askwith
  • To reap the full benefits, skip the pre-rinse and fill your machine to capacity.
  • —Kimberly A. Daly
2 : a liquid used to prerinse something
  • … reuse of the detergent-rinse water mixture as a prerinse for the subsequent cleaning cycle.
  • —Norman Marriott
  • teeth whiteners with an acidic prerinse

First Known Use of prerinse

1924

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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