tumble dry

tumble dried; tumble drying; tumble dries

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Wool: cool or warm water; tumble dry low or dry flat; hand washing is recommended. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Do Laundry: A Step-by-Step Guide on the Right Way to Sort, Wash and Dry," 30 Mar. 2021 Cotton: hot, warm or cool water; high, regular or low dryer temperature. Linen: cool or warm water; tumble dry low or air dry. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Do Laundry: A Step-by-Step Guide on the Right Way to Sort, Wash and Dry," 30 Mar. 2021 Some loungewear made of cotton blends, for example, may require a cold water wash and tumble dry low. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best loungewear for men," 19 Dec. 2020 When pillows start to get misshapen (particularly fiberfill or shredded memory foam), it is often recommended to periodically tumble dry them in the dryer to fluff ’em back up. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Cooling Pillows for A Comfortable Night’s Sleep," 9 June 2020 The masks, made per Centers for Disease Control regulations, are machine washable in cold water; tumble dry on low. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Old Navy selling 5 face masks for $12.50," 11 May 2020 Both can be popped in the washing machine on the cold setting, and tumbled dry. Washington Post, "RIGHT AT HOME: Blankets to put you in the comfy zone," 24 Dec. 2019 But washing them in half-loads with a tumble dry might, in fact, defeat the purpose. Anna Momigliano, Washington Post, "What I wish they’d told me before I started using cloth diapers," 27 June 2019 Unlike memory foam that typically can’t be washed, this one has easy care: Machine wash it on the gentle cycle and tumble dry with low heat. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Cooling Pillows, According to Textile Experts," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of tumble dry

1962, in the meaning defined above

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26 Apr 2021

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“Tumble dry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumble%20dry. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tumble dry

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

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