wash·ing | \ˈwȯ-shiŋ, 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

Decks, siding, patios, and sheds can all benefit from power washing every now and again, and the results can be amazing. Melissa Rolland, courant.com, "Projects That Don't Break The Bank," 19 June 2018 Madison Clark Played by: Kim Dickens Last seen: The lone confirmed survivor of the Gonzalez Dam's explosion, washing ashore as water finally flowed down to the people. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fear the Walking Dead': Where Everyone Left Off and What's Next (After the Big Crossover)," 8 Apr. 2018 Deep cleanings, meanwhile, involve a more thorough version of the daily ritual, plus a major scrubbing or power washing of all floors. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "How often does the CTA really clean those subway stops? Hint: not very," 20 Mar. 2018 Forte says these products generally get whites whiter during the washing cycle. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Bleach Clothes and Prevent White Items From Fading," 13 Feb. 2018 The Kansas City factory, opened in 1905, makes Dawn, Gain, Ivory and Joy hand dish washing detergents. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "P&G: We're closing plant in Kansas City, cutting ops in Iowa City," 7 Feb. 2018 How Trump’s Trade War Went From 18 Products to 10,000 The battle began when the United States imposed tariffs on solar panels and washing machines. New York Times, "Trump’s Trade War With China Pierces the Heart of Michigan," 12 July 2018 Earlier this year, Trump approved tariffs on foreign solar panels and washing machines. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trump's global trade war expected to inflict economic causalities in Wisconsin and across nation," 10 July 2018 To remove a washing machine, a dryer or a stove, MCM charged the state $969 for each appliance. Jim Defede, miamiherald, "'Millions of dollars of wasteful spending.' A look at Gov. Scott's post-Irma debris deals," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of washing

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to washing

put the washing out

washing powder

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English Language Learners Definition of washing

: an act of washing something with water and soap

: clothes, towels, sheets, etc., that need to be washed or that are being washed

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