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 More appliances, including washing machines, are starting to come with smart features. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2022 Grey water is the water from faucets, showers, bathtubs, washing machines — anything that’s not laden with human waste, food or toxic chemicals. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Biden’s Energy Department has restored many of the original efficiency standards, reversing the Trump-era rules for dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers. Anna Phillips, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Apr. 2022 This includes items like refrigerators, washing machines, insulin and an ultrasound machine. Fox News, 25 Apr. 2022 After 24 hours of sifting through debris in Bucha, workers uncovered more than 6,500 explosive devices in doorways, washing machines, cars and under helmets, Monastyrsky said. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 Refrigerators and washing machines are sold with bright yellow stickers that detail how much energy the appliance uses. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, 22 Mar. 2022 Measures include fixing leaks in water pipes, replacing inefficient washing machines and toilets, and replacing lawns with plants suited to California’s dry climate. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2022 The advanced chips Taiwan makes are an indispensable part of everything from smartphones to washing machines. Eric Cheung, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of washing

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 May 2022

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“Washing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washing. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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