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.
Recent Examples on the Web Just spray on the stain, rub it in gently, and then toss your clothing into the washing machine. Popular Science, "Stain removers that make tough spots disappear," 3 Feb. 2020 All apartments have kitchens, small dining areas, and washing machines, making them a great choice for families. Anna Chittenden, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Stay in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics," 30 Jan. 2020 Secondary storage was not an option: disk units, then the size of washing machines, could not even fit in the spacecraft. Frank O’brien, Ars Technica, "A deep dive into the Apollo Guidance Computer, and the hack that saved Apollo 14," 30 Jan. 2020 Large Appliances February isn’t the best month to buy items like dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers. Elissa Sanci, Woman's Day, "The Best Shopping Deals In February," 29 Jan. 2020 These also go through the washing machine no problem and air-dry very quickly. oregonlive, "We tried 6 types of reusable shopping bags; here’s what we discovered," 27 Jan. 2020 While any washing machine will do, front- or top-loading machines without an agitator (a.k.a. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wash Pillows in the Washing Machine and by Hand," 27 Jan. 2020 Since Trump enacted his first tariffs on solar panels and washing machines, observers have noted the incoherence of his administration’s trade policy. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Phase One of the China Trade Agreement in Context," 23 Jan. 2020 Some are spartan, with just public toilets and access to water, while others have hot showers, washing machines, shared kitchens and barbecue grills. Dallas News, "To experience New Zealand’s rugged beauty, go by camper van," 18 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of washing

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Feb 2020

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“Washing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washing. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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