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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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 Others include Healthy Girl, which promotes menstrual hygiene through sanitary towels made of washable cotton, and Funny Design, which creates hassocks and jewelry out of recycled clothes and plastic bottles. Lova Rabary-rakotondravony, The Christian Science Monitor, "How one Madagascar program grooms young entrepreneurs, leaders," 14 June 2018 Also, some menstrual cups are made out of silicone or latex, making them washable and reusable. Shanelle Drakeford, Allure, "I Switched From Tampons to Menstrual Cups, and I'm Never Going Back," 28 May 2018 The deal is: Runners wear white and are gently bombarded with lots of washable, non-toxic colored powder that turns the course and the runners into a riot of hues. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things to do in Milwaukee this Mother's Day weekend (including some your mom even might like)," 10 May 2018 Ju-Ju-Be's collection of diaper bags are not only fashionable but functional, with durable, machine-washable material and tons of organizing pockets and dividers. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Mother's Day gift guide: 8 ideas that will help make mom's life easier," 30 Apr. 2018 Jeisenia Estrada, a 21-year-old ASU senior studying elementary education, wrote #RedForEd on her car window in washable paint. Alden Woods, azcentral, "Soon-to-be teachers say outcome of #RedForEd will help determine their futures," 27 Apr. 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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