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 In-wash dye catcher sheets can help to prevent colors from bleeding onto whites in the washer. Jolie Kerr, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 There’s a full kitchen equipped with a three-burner induction cooktop, microwave convection oven, refrigerator, stainless steel sink, trash compactor and a washer/dryer combo. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 20 May 2022 She’s personally keeping her eyes peeled for a power washer for her new home, as well as a stroller for taking jogs with her four-month-old son. Jane Thier, Fortune, 11 July 2022 This double-sided attachment lets your pressure washer do all the work, using its nozzle to blast away gutter debris with water at a rate of 3300 PSI. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 12 June 2022 Know that moldy smell that develops when wet clothes are left in the washer for too long? Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 28 May 2022 Because the fabric is woven a bit loosely to create a softer feel, some yarns and fibers may shed in the washer, and bright colors may bleed, so be sure to keep them separate from other items for their first wash. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 Do not use vinegar and baking soda mixture in a power washer. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 June 2022 To clear up some space for a doggy shower, the designers stacked the washer and dryer vertically. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 22 June 2022 See More

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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 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for washer


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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