rinse

verb
\ ˈrin(t)s How to pronounce rinse (audio) , dialectal ˈrench\
rinsed; rinsing

Definition of rinse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cleanse by flushing with liquid (such as water) often used with outrinse out the mouth
2a : to cleanse (as of soap) by clear water
b : to treat (hair) with a rinse
3 : to remove (dirt or impurities) by washing lightly or in water only

rinse

noun

Definition of rinse (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of rinsing
2a : liquid used for rinsing
b : a solution that temporarily tints hair

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Verb

rinser noun

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Examples of rinse in a Sentence

Verb I rinsed my face in the sink. He washed the dishes and then rinsed them thoroughly. The tools were rinsed in alcohol. She rinsed the dirt off the lettuce. He rinsed the soap out of the cup. Noun She dunked the dish in the rinse water. Use sanitizing rinse on the scissors. a bottle of hair rinse
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb How to treat animals that have been exposed to algae If pets come into contact with algae, rinse them off with clean, fresh water and soap immediately to remove the toxin, according to ODNR. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "The algae that killed 3 dogs has been found in Ohio. Here's what you should know.," 12 Aug. 2019 If pets swim in scummy water, rinse them off with soap and water immediately to remove the toxin, officials said. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "The algae that killed 3 dogs has been found in Indiana. Here's what you should know.," 12 Aug. 2019 Then, as soon as possible, rinse the stain in cool water, says Brian Sansoni of the American Cleaning Institute. Jura Koncius, courant.com, "Stains are a summer staple. Here’s how to defeat them," 8 Aug. 2019 It was doled out in a tiny plastic cup, similar to the size my dentist offers for rinsing out toothpaste. Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "It’s Time to Start Traveling With a Collapsible Water Bottle," 27 June 2019 Their dogs left the park dirty and the park often smelled due to dog urination not being rinsed away. Pomerado News, "Maienschein secures $500K for RB Dog Park improvements," 3 July 2019 Officials said a contributing factor is people mistakenly trying to recycle plastic bags and not rinsing their plastics, glass and metal — leading to contamination that makes materials unrecyclable and increases costs for local governments. David Eggert, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan wants to double recycling rates with $2M campaign kickoff," 23 Apr. 2019 The comment, which left others in the room visibly befuddled, was a reference to the U.S. practice of rinsing meat in chlorine at the end of the production process. Washington Post, "Pence tiptoes past Brexit tumult for an oh-so-chipper chat," 6 Sep. 2019 But don’t drive yourself crazy rinsing rice grains over and over, waiting for the water to run completely clear. oregonlive.com, "How to cook perfect rice: Chances are, you’re doing it all wrong," 26 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The agency says the rinses are present in finished products at insignificant levels. BostonGlobe.com, "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 9 Sep. 2019 The agency says the rinses are present in finished products at insignificant levels. Washington Post, "UK worries Brexit could bring ‘chlorinated chicken’ from US," 9 Sep. 2019 Just a few rinses are sufficient to get off the bulk of the starch. oregonlive.com, "How to cook perfect rice: Chances are, you’re doing it all wrong," 26 Aug. 2019 Keep the temperature on the warm side and at the end of the shower, do a quick cold-water rinse to seal the cuticles shut, boost shine, and maintain healthy hair. Paige Stables, Good Housekeeping, "12 Healthy Hair Habits You Should Adopt ASAP," 14 Aug. 2019 The scrub-plus-color treatment starts with head-to-toe exfoliation and a quick rinse in a Vichy shower before color is carefully applied by hand with a sponge to avoid any missed spots. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Where To Get The Best Spray Tan From Coast to Coast," 19 Apr. 2019 Her process: Trim, rinse under tap water and swish in a large basin of cold water. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to pick, prep and cook leafy greens — a nutritional (and delicious) powerhouse," 13 Sep. 2019 These fruits and veggies are the exception to the rinse ’n’ rub rule: 1. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How Gross Is It to Not Wash Produce Before You Eat It?," 23 July 2019 To ensure that the basmati ends up tender and fluffy, before cooking rinse the grains thoroughly in several changes of water to remove excess starch. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "This Rice Recipe Has Everything, Plus a Turmeric-Butter-Fried Egg," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of rinse

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rinse

Verb

Middle English rincen, from Anglo-French rincer, alteration of Old French recincier, from Vulgar Latin *recentiare, from Latin recent-, recens fresh, recent

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The first known use of rinse was in the 14th century

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rinse

verb
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English Language Learners Definition of rinse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to wash (something) with clean water and without soap
: to wash (something) with a liquid other than clean water
: to remove (something) from an object by washing the object with clean water

rinse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rinse (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of washing something with a liquid and especially with clean water
: liquid that is used for rinsing something
: a dye that you put on your hair to change its color for a short time

rinse

verb
\ ˈrins How to pronounce rinse (audio) \
rinsed; rinsing

Kids Definition of rinse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to wash lightly with water Rinse out your mouth.
2 : to remove (something) with clean water I rinsed soap off the dishes.

rinse

noun

Kids Definition of rinse (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of washing with a liquid and especially with clean water
2 : a liquid used for rinsing

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