wash·​ing | \ ˈwȯ-shiŋ How to pronounce washing (audio) , ˈwä-\

Definition of washing

1 : the act or action of one that cleanses with water
2 : material obtained by washing
3 : articles washed or to be washed : wash

Examples of washing in a Sentence

These shirts will look great even after repeated washings.

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Scott made them in the shapes of slot machines and washing machines, while Lagerfeld turned a ski gondola into the must-have cross-body from his swan song at Chanel. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The 8 Best Accessory Trends of Fall 2019," 14 Mar. 2019 Employee washing dishes did not put food contact surfaces in sanitizer solution long enough. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "Restaurant with no sneeze guard on salsa bar among this week's violations," 11 July 2018 Health officials advise all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes be boiled. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "About 4,000 lose water in three cities," 6 July 2018 Patients can practice washing dishes, using a stove and opening cabinets. Ben Brazil, latimes.com, "Virtual reality, Smart car and putting green help patients at new Hoag center recover from traumatic injuries," 20 June 2018 These include a domestic view of the artist’s boyfriend John Giorno washing dishes (in the nude) and Warhol at the factory painting a Mao canvas. New York Times, "Warhol at the Whitney: From Myth to Man," 19 June 2018 Extra: Try this project with other household tasks, such as washing dishes, folding laundry or cleaning your room. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Robot, Make Me a Sandwich!," 5 Apr. 2018 But Preisch and Stocks are shaking up their streamlined model -- right now, the chefs handle almost every element of the meal themselves, from cooking to service to washing dishes -- in ways that could make the experience more customer friendly. Michael Russell, OregonLive.com, "Portland's most stripped-down fine-dining restaurant finds new home," 9 Feb. 2018 Early on, Leigh made a deal with each of his three kids – Dylan, Hayden and daughter Brooklyn, a junior at Morristown: The only way out of washing dishes is to get in the gym. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Can this Hickory-Mayberry combo in Shelby County win its sectional with Hayden Langkabel?," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of washing

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of washing

: an act of washing something with water and soap
British : clothes, towels, sheets, etc., that need to be washed or that are being washed

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