washing machine


: a machine for washing
especially : one for washing clothes and household linen

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web About 24% of that usage is through the toilet, another 20% for showers and bathing, about 19% from the faucet and 17% from the washing machine, according to the EPA. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 20 Apr. 2023 Since viscose rayon is derived from bamboo, the cover is very breathable, and it can also be removed and washed in a washing machine. Jack Byram, Health, 12 Apr. 2023 Utility spaces Prevent buildup in hoses and pipes by deep cleaning your washing machine. Ryan Conner, Dallas News, 24 Mar. 2023 Yolli’s parents sheltered near their washing machine, which plunged into the basement of their apartment tower, the Poppy building. Zeynep Karatas, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2023 Lights, air conditioning, washing machine, the whole enchilada. Kurt Spurlock, Men's Health, 12 Jan. 2023 As a bonus, some options are safe enough to put in the washing machine, which makes caring for them simpler. Lauren Dana Ellman, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Dec. 2022 In season two’s second episode, Hetty embarks on a surprising journey: discovering her sexuality via a particularly bumpy washing machine. Hilton Dresden, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Dec. 2022 These sheets dissolve quickly and completely in water, leaving no residue on your clothes or in the washing machine. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 7 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1754, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of washing machine was circa 1754

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“Washing machine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washing%20machine. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

washing machine

: a machine used especially for washing clothes and household linen

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