wash·​able | \ ˈwȯ-shə-bəl How to pronounce washable (audio) , ˈwä-\

Definition of washable

: capable of being washed without damage

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washability \ ˌwȯ-​shə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce washability (audio) , ˌwä-​ \ noun

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Make sure to buy a pillow with a removable, washable cover if that matters to you. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Memory Foam Pillows You Can Buy," 21 Dec. 2018 Some surprises are even practical: In the kitchen, what looks like silk wallpaper is really a very sneaky washable vinyl. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Every Wall of This Upper East Side Apartment Is Interesting," 12 Feb. 2019 This super-efficient vacuum cleaner is completely bagless and comes with a washable and reusable dust cup that requires less frequent replacement. Popular Mechanics, "All of These Gadgets Are an Extra 20% Off for Cyber Monday," 26 Nov. 2018 The LuxeAdapt features Tempur-Pedic's new SmartClimateDual Cover System―a removable, machine-washable cover that's cool to the touch and promises not to lose its cool over time. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Everything to Know Before Buying the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt Mattress," 1 Feb. 2019 If the cushion covers are washable, stick them in the wash ASAP or take them to the dry cleaner. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of That Cat Pee Smell on Carpets, Wood, and Upholstery," 17 Dec. 2018 The UMass team has shown that the wearable supercapacitors are light, flexible, washable, breathable, and have been successfully integrated into shirts, shoes, coats, and pants. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Battery Fashion: Scientists Weave Rechargeable Electronics Into Clothes," 9 Nov. 2018 Simple, machine-washable bedding is best for cribs. Naomi Williamson, Woman's Day, "10 Things Never to Buy a New Mom," 23 July 2014 Certain furs might not be washable, and the same goes for a toy stuffed with small foam balls, like Beanie Babies. 2. Samantha Zabell, Good Housekeeping, "8 Other Things Your Washing Machine Can Clean," 15 May 2014

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First Known Use of washable

1821, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of washable

: able to be washed without being damaged
: able to be removed by washing


wash·​able | \ ˈwȯ-shə-bəl How to pronounce washable (audio) , ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of washable

: capable of being cleansed without damage a washable jacket


wash·​able | \ ˈwȯsh-ə-bəl How to pronounce washable (audio) \

Medical Definition of washable

1 : capable of being washed without damage
2 : soluble in water washable ointment bases

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