wash : Common Errors in English

About wash

In my mother’s Oklahoma dialect, “wash” was pronounced “warsh,” and I was embarrassed to discover in school that the inclusion of the superfluous “R” sound was considered ignorant. This has made me all the more sensitive now that I live in Washington to the mispronunciation “Warshington.” Some people tell you that after you “warsh” you should “wrench” (“rinse”).

wash Meaning(s)

  • (v) to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking
  • (n) a thin coat of water-base paint
  • (n) the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
  • (n) the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)
  • (n) the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway)
  • (n) the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller
  • (n) a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other
  • (n) garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering
  • (n) any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out
  • (v) clean with some chemical process
  • (v) cleanse (one's body) with soap and water
  • (v) cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water
  • (v) move by or as if by water
  • (v) be capable of being washed
  • (v) admit to testing or proof
  • (v) separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)
  • (v) apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to
  • (v) remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent
  • (v) form by erosion
  • (v) make moist
  • (v) wash or flow against

wash in News

  1. Wash. State Gov. Inslee Signs Estate Tax Fix Into Law

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a legislative fix to a court ruling on the estate tax that was approved by the Legislature just hours before the state was to start issuing millions of dollars in refunds.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: KHQ Spokane

  2. Wash. Senate passes estate tax fix

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Senate has approved a legislative fix to a court ruling on the estate tax, just hours before the state was to start issuing millions of dollars in refunds.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Washington Examiner

  3. Wash. man guilty of aggravated murder in stabbing

    VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A Vancouver, Wash., man who stabbed his estranged girlfriend 70 times has been convicted of aggravated murder.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: KTVZ Bend

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