wash·​er | \ ˈwȯ-shər How to pronounce washer (audio) , ˈwä-\

Definition of washer

1 : a flat thin ring or a perforated plate used in joints or assemblies to ensure tightness, prevent leakage, or relieve friction
2 : one that washes especially : washing machine

Examples of washer in a Sentence

We bought a new washer and dryer.

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The cover is removable and can easily be thrown in the washer. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "A Chic Dog Bed That's Also Comfortable Finally Exists," 8 May 2019 Our Airbnb that night had a washer and dryer, nearly as welcome as the shower and beds. James Sturz, WSJ, "Hawaii’s Big Island By Bike: A Heart-Racing, Spectacularly Scenic Trip," 12 Feb. 2019 The first version of her word-processing machine had no screen and was the size of a modern washer or dryer, though later iterations brought displays and other improvements to the design. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Computing pioneer Evelyn Berezin died this week—she should be remembered," 15 Dec. 2018 Inside, the 250-square-foot home has butcher countertops, bamboo flooring, a washer and dryer, and a four-burner gas range and stove. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Adorable tiny house will be auctioned off for charity," 18 July 2018 Using these types of gentle products is especially important for every day hair washers. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "This Is How Often You Should Really Be Washing Your Hair," 12 Apr. 2019 When rinsing the stripper and cleaner, Barr suggests using a garden hose—and steering clear of pressure washers. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Staining a Deck," 1 Apr. 2019 Our weekly laundry takes me less than two hours, including hanging most of it up inside to dry and waiting for the washer to finish. Mandy Ferreira, Good Housekeeping, "What It’s Really Like to Be a Minimalist," 12 Aug. 2018 Nationally, 53 percent of renters want in-unit laundry facilities, but only 13 percent of rental units boast private washer-dryers. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "What do Philly renters want most? Private laundry, air conditioning, parking," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of washer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of washer

: a thin, flat ring that is made of metal, plastic, or rubber and that is used to make something (such as a bolt) fit tightly or to prevent rubbing


wash·​er | \ ˈwȯ-shər How to pronounce washer (audio) , ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of washer

2 : a ring (as of metal) used to make something fit tightly or to prevent rubbing

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