backwash backwash  /ˈbæ ˌkwɑʃ/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller
  2. (n) the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)
  3. (n) the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward

Usage(s):

  1. Meanwhile the backwash of the tidal wave engulfed 1,533 small ships, damaged 85, sent alarming shivers along the steel spine of the liner Heian Mara, 400 mi.
  2. An even greater factor may have been the backwash from a series of GOP scandals, with three-fourths of voters citing corruption as an important factor in deciding their votes.
  3. Office parties left a backwash of glasses and overflowing ash trays on desks and filing cabinets.

News

  1. Weather: Comfortable and Dry Wednesday

    CLEVELAND — Backwash clouds from the cool air flow clung to our skies with much more vigor Tuesday than given...
    on September 4, 2013     Source: FOX 8 Cleveland

  2. Weather Outlook: Clear and Cool

    CLEVELAND — Backwash clouds from the cool air flow clung to our skies with much more vigor today than given...
    on September 4, 2013     Source: FOX 8 Cleveland

Quotes

  1. "Asian investors could be exposed to the underlying problem assets...... institutions and markets could be affected by the backwash of liquidity and funding issues in the major markets, and Asian economies could be affected by broader macroeconomic...
    on Sep 18, 2007 By: Glenn Stevens Source: Bernama

  2. "Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolutions, the first waves of modern invention, and the first wave of nuclear power, and this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of...
    on Jan 18, 2004 By: John F Kennedy Source: NewsMax.com

  3. "Neither Rae nor Ignatieff should be upset," said Kennedy in an interview in January. "There was some backwash afterwards from Bob's campaign. They used heavy duty words like `betrayal,' and so on, and I find that highly regrettable."
    on May 12, 2007 By: Gerard Kennedy Source: Toronto Star

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