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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Brittany Greeson for The New York Times At dozens of barbershops and laundromats across the United States, the sound of children reading aloud mingles with the buzz and snip from barbers’ tools or the din of washers. New York Times, "Want Kids to Learn the Joy of Reading? Barbershops and Laundromats Can Help," 2 July 2019 Joe Rodriguez, 38, used a power washer on his patio in the McVicker Canyon Park neighborhood. Fox News, "Firefighters battle to curb wildfire before winds return," 10 Aug. 2018 Although the event is not accepting any air conditioners, washers/dryers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, water coolers, light bulbs, vacuums, microwaves or household batteries. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 8 May 2018 All apartments have driftwood vinyl flooring, full-size clothes washer and dryer, and smartphone compatible keyless entry. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen, chicagotribune.com, "In River North, known for its galleries, new apartment tower goes arty," 21 Mar. 2018 Other highlighted features include walnut floors, central A/C, exposed brick, a new kitchen and — a New York luxury — an in-unit washer and dryer. NBC News, "Manafort's SoHo apartment put up for sale by U.S. Marshals," 7 June 2019 The seller is throwing in a 1929 Duesenberg and a 1906 Cadillac with the sale, but the rest of his 50-plus-car private collection is going, presumably with the washer and dryer and the TVs. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Car Museum for Sale, Comes with a Resort; $279 Million OBO," 2 June 2019 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

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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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