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 That plant, which will take over manufacturing of the lawn tractor, residential zero-turn mower, snow thrower and pressure washer products is within 10 miles of another Briggs facility where similar products are made. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Briggs & Stratton cutting several hundred jobs as it moves production," 30 June 2020 His average room size is three times that of the typical hotel room, with full kitchens and washer/dryers. Christiane Lemieux, Wired, "The Future of Commerce Belongs to the Frictionless," 23 June 2020 The condo has bay windows, hardwood floors, washer and dryer, Murphy bed and a walk-out patio. oregonlive, "On the market: Low-priced, historic Portland condos for sale," 20 June 2020 Monday, an off-duty police officer yelled at a woman and told her to stop using a pressure washer to write a message on a sidewalk at the school, Baltimore County Police Sgt. David Williams, CNN, "Children are decorating a school with chalk art supporting Black Lives Matter, but people keep washing the messages away," 18 June 2020 Buy, rent or borrow a power washer and find out why homeowners love them. , an interior designer in Portland, Ore., used one to clear the moss and sidewalk chalk off his driveway. Washington Post, "9 improvements that will help you get more out of your outdoor space," 17 June 2020 Most in demand now: home-office space, an in-unit washer and dryer and outdoor space, said Paces. Anna Bahney, CNN, "'Pandemic pricing' is here. Rents are dropping across the US," 16 June 2020 Police also followed other leads: Someone bought a washer and dryer from Carter the evening before her death. Amber Hunt, Cincinnati.com, "Backstory: Ohio mother Mary Carter climbed into a truck with 2 kids and was dead 2 hours later," 11 June 2020 Equipped with a capacity of 4.2 cubic feet, this washer is designed to wash up to 28 bath towels in a single load. NBC News, "What to shop 2020: Best deals in June, according to an expert," 3 June 2020

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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 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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