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.

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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 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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