Definition of washing in English:


Line breaks: wash|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈwɒʃɪŋ


[mass noun]
  • 1The action of washing oneself or laundering clothes, bed linen, etc.: her arms were red to the elbow from doing other people’s washing avoid over-enthusiastic washing
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    • Most surgical operation sites simply need to be kept clean by daily washing with cool water.
    • Toilet paper is a rarity and soap and water for washing is generally notable by its absence.
    • On that basis, we might as well all give up washing and go around smelling like badgers, and nearly as hairy, too.
  • 1.1A quantity of clothes, bed linen, etc. that is to be washed or has just been washed: she took her washing around to the launderette
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    • We would also help to hang out the washing on the clothes line and then lift it with a wooden prop.
    • I made notes and muttered the new words as I watered the garden and hung washing on the line.
    • There's another load of washing about to finish, and the dishes to be washed.

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