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.
Recent Examples on the Web The brothers’ father Pat Ross (Gordon Clapp) says that on the night of Erin’s murder, Billy came home wounded and covered in blood, threw his clothes in the washer, and hasn’t talked about the night since. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 23 May 2021 The brand, Greenworks or Powerworks, appears on the side of the pressure washer spray gun. Mike Wehner, BGR, 8 Apr. 2021 These laundry detergent sheets are super easy to use (just drop one in the washer with your dirty clothes) and are made with natural ingredients that get effective results, even in cold water. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Mar. 2021 Make quick work of your next carwash day with this handy pressure washer, which includes a foam cannon accessory tip. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 20 Nov. 2020 The development will consist of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units with open floor plans, Energy Star appliances, in-unit washer and dryers and storage space. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 26 May 2021 More Tips for Washing Denim Fabrics Avoid cramming the washer and dryer full. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, 29 Mar. 2021 The primary suite features a walk-in closet (complete with space for a washer and dryer) and a separate tub and shower in the bathroom. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, 25 Mar. 2021 But now the campus was lifeless except for a weekly food pantry outside the main entrance and a few homeless students who occasionally came to use the washer and dryer in the art room. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of washer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Washer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washer. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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