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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Clues to its staying power may lie in the thick mucky clay washing out of the island’s cone and down its deeply furrowed flanks. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "A Young Island in the South Pacific Oozes Mysteries and Mud," 5 Feb. 2019 In the coming fiscal year, the city also will fund two new freeway underpass art projects and conduct extra power washing of downtown's sidewalks, the City Council agreed in a special meeting Wednesday. Barbara Henry, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Encinitas agrees to continue funding for temporary restrooms," 18 June 2018 Baths were rare, as was washing of hands and feet, equated with Islamic ablution. Washington Post, "Chinese mass-indoctrination camps evoke Cultural Revolution," 17 May 2018 Baths were rare, as was washing of hands and feet, equated with Islamic ablution. Gerry Shih, The Christian Science Monitor, "In 're-education' program, China incarcerates thousands of Muslims," 17 May 2018 By the end of trip almost eight hours later, winds were 20-25 knots and seas were a washing machine-like 6-10 feet. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "Even with an unexpected catch, fishing in South Florida will give you a delicious meal | Miami Herald," 4 May 2018 Hearts by Lucy Montague-Moffat features two aging women debating the heart of a husband amidst the washing. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'Women of Ireland': Five plays in an hour, classic and contemporary," 9 Apr. 2018 According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the washing of synthetic textiles contributes 35% of all global releases of microplastics into the oceans. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "Your Yoga Pants Are Polluting the Water You Drink," 19 Dec. 2018 But several of our other episodes tackled, one in particular was sort of the white-washing of the monument issue in the U.S. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Nat Geo executives Courteney Monroe, Rachel Webber and Susan Goldberg on Recode Decode," 6 July 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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