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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The bathrooms features a full shower, the kitchen has stainless steel appliances, there are shelves built in throughout, and the mud room comes with a washer/dryer unit that makes being on the road a lot less stressful. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ultra-stylish tiny house comes with fold-down deck," 9 Nov. 2018 What if there were a smaller second washer tucked into the base? Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "The Washing Machine of the Future," 15 Oct. 2018 That means keeping the area free of dirt, debris, snow and ice, which might explain why the doormen are such avid street washers. New York Times, "How Much Water Does It Really Take to Wash a Sidewalk?," 7 July 2018 The apartments have kitchenettes, a living room, bathroom, bedroom, washer and dryer and sometimes their own patio. Tony Bizjak, The Seattle Times, "10 hot home innovations — from dog showers to doorbell cams," 26 Oct. 2018 For time-shiftable appliances, like the washer and dryer, sometimes accept the presets. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The World of 2045," 14 Oct. 2018 According to Consumer Reports, mold can develop in several places in front-load washing machines: namely the detergent dispenser and the rubber gasket around the opening of the washer. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This $20 Gadget Will Save Your Washing Machine From Mold," 12 Oct. 2018 And those risks also affect families who wash their clothes in that same washer and dryer at home. Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lots of Milwaukee firehouses lack laundry machines. Here's why that's a problem.," 3 July 2018 The apartments feature in-unit washers and dryers, granite countertops and stainless steel kitchen appliances, LED lighting and walk-in closets. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After long debate, Germantown's Saxony Village is opening apartments aimed at millennials," 6 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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