wash·er | \ˈwȯ-shər, 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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Methanol, sometimes called wood alcohol, is commonly used in windshield washer fluid and as a solvent and is extremely toxic even in small quantities. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Terrifying stories from tourists in Mexico continue a year after mysterious drowning," 27 June 2018 Burglary conveyance 4750 block of Godfrey Road in Parkland, June 8, 5:39 a.m. A windshield washer reservoir was taken from a BMW . Sun-Sentinel.com, "Coral Springs, Coconut Creek area crime reports," 21 June 2018 The washer nozzles would freeze right away, not after a few days of subzero temps. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking 5 Cold-Weather Car Myths," 15 May 2018 The man punched the customer in the face, knocked containers of windshield washer fluid onto the floor and ran out the door. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Hot Pocket bandit punches customer in Circle K; man hit with brick loses consciousness: Brook Park Police Blotter," 2 Mar. 2018 There’s a washer pit and grassy play area for kids. Zeke Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Area dance halls are the real Texas," 11 June 2018 His uncle Benjamin Climaco, 41 and a former window washer in Massachusetts, came back last year to raise cattle and finish building a house with spectacular views of his family’s farmland. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "Going home after half a lifetime," 30 May 2018 There will be a 24-hour gym, washer and dryer in each unit, two pools, 14 common areas, a clubroom with a kitchen, game room, dedicated lockers for packages and two dog parks (one for small dogs, one for big dogs). Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Downtown San Diego's biggest-ever apartment complex set to open," 17 May 2018 Chronicle photographers made pictures from a myriad of events including the NBA Finals, the San Francisco Mayoral election, a moving memorial service for San Francisco resident Jevon Cael and the perspective of window washers in San Francisco. Rj Mickelson, SFChronicle.com, "Photos of the week: June 5, 2018 - June 11, 2018," 11 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, 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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