wash·​able | \ ˈwȯ-shə-bəl, ˈwä-\

Definition of washable 

: capable of being washed without damage

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washability \ ˌwȯ-​shə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē , ˌwä-​ \ noun

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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 Twenty years later, the invention of Mylar would lead to the first machine-washable sequin. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "Flip sequins are the weird, glitzy fabric that kids can’t get enough of," 27 Nov. 2018 While most electric razors are washable for easy cleanup, not all can be used around water. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "How To Choose the Right Electric Shaver," 26 Oct. 2018 Just squeeze a few different colors of washable paint into plastic sealable bags. Seal them up, tape them to the windows and let the kids squish the colors together right through the plastic. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A preschool teacher shares 7 great ideas to keep the kids busy during Thanksgiving prep," 15 Nov. 2017 Hill, who lost both legs in a motor-vehicle accident while on active duty, sat in a wheelchair as his children used washable paint to decorate a patient pony named Root Beer with circles, stars, and wavy lines. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "At Maine retreat, disabled veterans find sense of belonging," 6 July 2018 The penguins dip their feet into the washable tempera paint and run amock over the canvases, adding their personal, creative touches. Kelsey Grey, idahostatesman, "Zoo Boise's penguins feature their artistic talents," 19 June 2018

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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, ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of washable

: capable of being cleansed without damage a washable jacket


wash·​able | \ ˈwȯsh-ə-bəl \

Medical Definition of washable 

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

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