tumble dry


Definition of tumble dry 

transitive verb

: to dry (clothes, fabrics, etc.) by tumbling in a dryer

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Other Words from tumble dry

tumble dryer noun
tumble drying noun

Examples of tumble dry in a Sentence

He tumble dried his clothes on high heat.

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Most kinds should get washed in warm water and tumbled dried on low. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Gross Are Your Laundry Habits?," 21 Sep. 2018 Shower within two hours of coming back indoors and tumble dry your clothes on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Tick season: what you need to know about ticks and how to remove them," 23 May 2018 If the clothes cannot be washed in hot water, tumble dry on low heat for 90 minutes or high heat for 60 minutes. Kara Driscoll, ajc, "10 ways to prevent tick bites on people and pets," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of tumble dry

1962, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tumble dry

: to dry (clothes, sheets, etc.) in a machine

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