rinsing

noun
rins·​ing | \ ˈrin(t)-siŋ How to pronounce rinsing (audio) \

Definition of rinsing

1 : dregs, residue usually used in plural
2 : water that has been used for rinsing usually used in plural

Examples of rinsing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Allow the toy to soak in that solution for 15 minutes, or up to an hour, before rinsing; more delicate toys should soak for less time to avoid damaging their fibers. Jolie Kerr, New York Times, "How to Clean Your Child’s Stuffed Toys," 17 Apr. 2020 Then, Keurig recommends carefully using a paperclip to clear away any clogging debris lodged in the needles before rinsing. Lauren Smith Mcdonough, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Maker the Right Way," 19 Dec. 2019 Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Tips for effective hand-washing during coronavirus outbreak, any time: Health Matters," 15 Mar. 2020 The whole thing drains easily in the sink or tub and is compatible with any garden hose for thorough rinsing. Popular Science, "Electricity-free washing machines for clean laundry wherever you go," 9 Mar. 2020 The most effective way to clean hands is to wet them with clean water, then apply soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds, before rinsing and drying with a clean towel. NBC News, "How does the new coronavirus spread?," 24 Jan. 2020 Everything needs a home, even dirty dishes: small bowls inside of large ones, proper rinsing and stacking. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "Celebrity Chefs Share Their Best Cooking Tips Ever," 30 Oct. 2019 Pre-rinsing is only necessary if your dishwasher is postwar. Emma Soren, The New Yorker, "How to Properly Load a Dishwasher," 11 Sep. 2019 On a dry fall day, get outside and remove all leaves, twigs, and grass clippings from your outdoor unit—a garden hose can help provide a thorough rinsing, removing animal droppings, bugs, dust, and dirt. Graham Hiemstra, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Your HVAC System Ready for Winter," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rinsing

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of rinsing was in 1703

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“Rinsing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rinsing. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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