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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Women who tested the bra were overall satisfied with the style, however the cups did wrinkle slightly after a run in the washer. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "ThirdLove Just Introduced More Bra Sizes to Its Collection," 20 Feb. 2019 Be extremely diligent in emptying the bag and placing articles in the washer. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Once and For All," 6 Nov. 2018 Mothers like one or two extravagant outfits to show their babies off occasionally, but on a day-to-day basis onesies with snap closures, stretchy cotton fabrics and anything which can be thrown in the washer and dryer are ideal. Naomi Williamson, Woman's Day, "10 Things Never to Buy a New Mom," 23 July 2014 Use a small amount of mild detergent, throw a few towels in the machine with your shoes, and set the washer to the delicate cycle (which should always mean cold water and a gentle spin cycle). Isadora Baum, SELF, "Here’s How to Clean Sneakers Depending on the Material," 17 Feb. 2019 Hold the shelf back in position, check it for level, and then drive 3-inch screws with finishing washers through the cleat and into the studs. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 But at least one study has demonstrated that the chore can calm the washer down and increase inspiration—as long as one approaches the task the right way. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Is Hand-Washing Dishes A Secret To The Success Of Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates?," 29 Dec. 2018 That Climb the Wall In the kitchen, three identical cupboards camouflage (from left): a washer-dryer; a refrigerator and freezer; and a utility closet and mechanicals. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "Uncluttered Doesn’t Mean Empty: Lessons From a Décor Pro," 15 June 2018 Some of Baltimore’s newest apartment towers offer posh amenities such as rooftop pools, yoga studios and dog spas, but many city renters would be content with a new washer-dryer and a bike rack — and want to pay far less. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Smaller apartment building conversions filling gaps in Baltimore," 14 May 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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