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a washing machine (=for washing clothes)
▪ Put your dirty clothes straight in the washing machine.
a wave sweeps/washes over sb (=someone suddenly experiences a feeling or emotion)
▪ A sudden wave of joy swept over her.
brush off/wash off/clean off the dirt
▪ Wash the dirt off those boots before you come in.
car wash
dirty clothes/washing/laundry
▪ She circled the bedroom, picking up dirty clothes.
do/wash the dishes
▪ I’ll just do the dishes before we go.
need a (good) wash/clean/cut etc (=ought to be washed, cleaned etc)
▪ His hair needs a wash.
wash your hair
▪ He showered and washed his hair.
wash your hands
▪ Go wash your hands before dinner.
washed ashore
▪ Several dead birds had been washed ashore.
washing day
washing line (=line for hanging wet clothes on to dry)
▪ She hung the clothes out on the washing line.
washing line
washing machine
washing powder
washing soda
wash/mop the floor
▪ The floor needs mopping.
▪ Battered by 50 knot winds and seven-metre seas, the Ambrosia was later washed ashore in Aberdeenshire.
▪ Meanwhile, residents have been reporting pieces of the wreckage washing ashore.
▪ Such was the rorqual whale, 64 feet long with a 12 foot tail, washed ashore in 1879.
▪ Hapless, hopelessly clumsy Gilligan is washed ashore along with the competent, self-assured skipper.
▪ All these bits and pieces washed ashore.
▪ State officials also reported a dead sea turtle had washed ashore.
▪ Rubbish is discarded; that from boats is washed ashore and there is greater disturbance of the animal life.
▪ Only two men washed ashore alive.
▪ There she wept for her sins and her tears washed away the blood.
▪ Akiko, the minister cried, the sins of the body will be washed away by the blood of the lamb.
▪ It refreshed Jimmy, though, washing the blood from his eyes.
▪ We began washing the blood from my sides and Polly began peeling the sheet away from me.
▪ With her tongue she tried to wash off the blood that covered him.
▪ The mangled bus had been quickly hauled away and the streets washed clean of blood.
▪ The grim look on his young face as she washed off the dried blood frightened her.
▪ Stepmother Edna pretended that no problem existed, washing out the blood from my clothes with astounding tolerance.
▪ They drain off as much blood as possible and wash the body with sour wine.
▪ The tight smell of men who have not washed their bodies or known clean clothes.
▪ The embalmer washes the body with germicidal soap and replaces the blood with embalming fluid to preserve the body.
▪ Staff can touch the body provided they wear disposable gloves, although they should not wash the body.
▪ People washed their bodies daily, not weekly.
▪ Tom gently washed Willie's body again and smoothed witch-hazel on to the sore spots.
▪ Rubbing handfuls of small pebbles against my head and skin, I washed my hair and body until I felt raw.
▪ Consider sentences 16 and 17: 16 Arthur washed and polished the car. 17.
▪ Got ta wash the car and get it all waxed.
▪ You know, wash a car with one hand and feed a bottle to a tiger cub with the other.
▪ Maybe you delivered papers or washed cars.
▪ Moura, who washed cars for a living, denied killing her.
▪ He had a deal going where you put a token in a machine and it washes your car.
▪ Moran washed and polished the car, even cleared rusted machinery from around the house.
▪ Do you have to wash the cars if you drive them?
▪ Encourage residents to wash and iron their clothes where their eyesight and co-ordination are good.
▪ When she was pregnant, she washed clothes.
▪ You were only allowed to wash your clothes once a week.
▪ Rex, unperturbed, quickly stripped off naked to wash himself and his clothes in the deluge of fresh water.
▪ He had washed his bloodstained clothes, and the next day scrubbed blood from his trainers.
▪ He would not let her wash his work clothes.
▪ Then he calmly washed his clothes and had a bath.
▪ Even in liberated Scandinavia, it is women who feed the family, wash the clothes, and care for the children.
▪ But he washed his face with cold water, and he began to feel much better.
▪ We wash our face and hands.
▪ She washed her face and smoothed cream over her skin.
▪ Fascinated, I watched as they washed their faces and carefully applied makeup every morning.
▪ He washed his face in the perfume that was her love for him.
▪ Water washed off her bloated face, eyes bulged, an aborted gasp, her nose and upper lip already gone.
▪ Della stopped crying and she washed her face.
▪ A cleaning woman was laboriously washing the marble floor of the foyer.
▪ We spent the day washing windows five floors above the ground.
▪ A woman's washing the floor with a mop and a bucket.
▪ Anwar asked Changez and me to wash the floor of the shop, thinking that perhaps I could successfully supervise him.
▪ It spilled from the safety deposit boxes and washed over the floors of the rooms.
▪ We washed the blood-stained floors, while my wife and other missionary workers helped in the wards and the laundry.
▪ They would soon be arrested for indulging in some pornographic practice when they were only wanting to wash one another's feet.
▪ To pass along one of them, he has offered to wash lawyers' feet.
▪ A delicate oriental nurse washed my feet with antiseptic and chatted while the locally injected anaesthetic took effect.
▪ A third was washing his feet in the toilet.
▪ Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet.
▪ I was washing Hugh's feet.
▪ We passed the mosque and saw, through the gateway, men washing their feet.
▪ I wash my hair and leave it to dry naturally.
▪ Last night she had washed her hair in the metal tub, and today it shone.
▪ We had to wash our own hair and mend our own clothes.
▪ I took a shower and washed my hair with his yucca blossom shampoo.
▪ Anne stayed at home for a week, saw nobody, and washed her hair every day.
▪ There was no indoor plumbing, so I had to wash my hair by a community well.
▪ She moaned shakily, the water washing her hair around her face like a golden fan.
▪ I ask Doi-san if I may wash her hair but she refuses.
▪ Tell the kids to wash their hands and come in here when the programme's ended.
▪ You must never drop it on the floor and never touch it without washing your hands and face.
▪ Children should always wash their hands before handling food, particularly if they've recently been in contact with pets.
▪ Like those people who keep washing their hands over and over.
▪ Rabia washed her own hands and dried them.
▪ I wash my hands quickly and flee from the restroom.
▪ He'd had time to wash his hands and take off his rubber gloves and apron.
▪ In the office, he went directly to the minuscule bathroom and washed his face and hands.
▪ All were tested with each stain remover and machine washed afterwards.
▪ He had a deal going where you put a token in a machine and it washes your car.
▪ Product performance was then compared with the effect of machine washing alone, using Persil Automatic Biological Action.
▪ It's the strongest natural fabric and can stand very high temperatures and be machine washed.
▪ Because of the corrosive nature of some machine washing agents some care should be exercised on items selected for this form of disinfection.
▪ It enables the blanket to be machine washed just like any other blanket.
▪ They swore, too, Ida had said, needing their mouths washed out with strong soap and water.
▪ I would say that Michael Irvin should have his mouth washed out with soap.
▪ Then we watched the names being washed out as the sea came in and felt sad.
▪ Joe had discovered that at least twenty per cent of these water containers were gone, washed away by the sea.
▪ These could, like the venture in the West Country, reclaim sediments washed out to sea from industrial works.
▪ If so, they have been washed away by the sea.
▪ Satan's bride was washed back from the sea to tempt the men of the land, to betray them.
▪ Dennis Garvey's body was washed up from the sea four days later.
▪ Tempting little offshore islands, washed by warm blue seas - it seemed almost too good to be true!
▪ The waves get higher and higher and the water washes over and almost sinks Kevin.
▪ Earl Varney was squatting over the creek, dipping a stockinged foot into the water to wash his socks.
▪ She moaned shakily, the water washing her hair around her face like a golden fan.
▪ And both Yosemite and SequoiaKing National Parks became inaccessible as rising water washed out their main access roads but created new waterfalls.
▪ After removing the pan or urinal, give the patient a bowl and water for washing their hands.
▪ Within a minute he was making a fire so that Susan could have warm water to wash in.
▪ The warm water washed over her face and body.
▪ Here, the continuing water diuresis may have washed out the medullary concentration gradient and led to a protracted concentrating defect.
▪ She heard the indrawn breath hiss sharply through his teeth, and felt the wave of emotion that washed over him.
▪ But the wave simply came, washed into the bamboos, and passed on.
▪ As the wave washes the board shorewards, the rig resists this movement by digging in and sometimes catching the bottom.
▪ She tried to think, but waves of agony kept washing over her, dulling her mind.
▪ The breaking waves were washing clear across the midships space between the cabins.
▪ He was struggling to keep conscious as red-hot waves of nausea washed over him.
▪ He barely looked at me, but a wave of heat washed over me.
▪ Willie dressed and helped Tom wash his sheets and pyjama trousers.
▪ Afterwards, she helped Penelope wash the dishes, commenting that she had been a dishwasher also at one time.
▪ You'd need to be washing them every five minutes.
▪ Dishes only need to be washed once a week, because most of them are not really dirtied after use.
▪ She did need a shower to wash away the tension from a day that had been too full of emotion.
▪ I can both cook and eat out of it, and it seldom needs to be washed.
▪ That then needs washing off, proving that the admen have got us every time.
▪ Hair also gets dirtier in cities, so you need to wash hair more often.
▪ It is a myth, put about by parents and soap manufacturers, that we need soap in order to wash.
▪ They swore, too, Ida had said, needing their mouths washed out with strong soap and water.
wash your dirty linen/laundry
Wash your face and brush your teeth.
▪ Could you wash this shirt for me?
▪ Harry went upstairs to wash.
▪ Have you boys washed your hands yet?
▪ I just need to wash before dinner.
▪ I really must wash the car this weekend.
▪ I seem to spend all my time washing and ironing these days.
▪ My jeans need to be washed.
▪ She was washing her hair when the phone rang.
▪ The spinach leaves should be washed in cold water.
▪ When we moved in, we spent a whole day washing all the floors and paintwork.
▪ You ought to wash that sweater by hand.
▪ He rolled, sprang on to his feet, and started to wash himself.
▪ I wished for a new dress as I washed and ironed my old yellow home-made mini for the hundredth time.
▪ In the bathroom, I washed myself.
▪ The women undressed and washed her, thickening the shadows with prayer.
▪ Use a soft bristle brush to loosen the grime and if possible a sprayer to wash it all off.
▪ You could go over and see it, like a big whale washed up on the shore.
▪ You were only allowed to wash your clothes once a week.
▪ Rains like these were an opportunity for a good wash, no doubt, and a bit of messing about.
▪ They knew that, like the Dickensian waif, a good wash and new clothes would reveal an angelic face.
▪ I dashed past her and, stopping a safe distance away, I had a quick wash and watched her and Marcus.
▪ Programmes include intensive, gentle and quick washes and a time-delay feature.
▪ That gave her time to go for a quick wash.
▪ Ten minutes flew by but we managed to unpack, have a quick wash and change.
▪ He had a quick wash and shave, put on a clean shirt and hurried out to his car.
▪ The cherry red formica-faced sink unit had been given a wash down.
▪ Then give it another wash with moss killer to keep it clean.
▪ When I got home with it, I gave it a wash, and tried it out almost immediately.
▪ I had tried to excuse our conduct by telling him we had just needed a wash.
▪ Judy figures it will be needing a wash job.
▪ His black hair needs a wash.
▪ I know it needs a wash, but I have to.
▪ Her hair needs a wash, skin shines on nose, bones and muscles lie beneath pallid skin.
have (got) the TV/radio/washing machine etc on
wash your dirty linen/laundry
▪ an anti-bacterial face wash
▪ He looks as if he could do with a good wash.
▪ The floor needs a wash.
▪ I painted such areas first and then worked around and/or over with diluted washes.
▪ It is built up in very thin washes.
▪ Water would shoot down the mountainsides and down the washes at 10-20 times the volume of a typical storm.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Wash \Wash\ (w[o^]sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Washed; p. pr. & vb. n. Washing.] [OE. waschen, AS. wascan; akin to D. wasschen, G. waschen, OHG. wascan, Icel. & Sw. vaska, Dan. vaske, and perhaps to E. water. [root]150.]

  1. To cleanse by ablution, or dipping or rubbing in water; to apply water or other liquid to for the purpose of cleansing; to scrub with water, etc., or as with water; as, to wash the hands or body; to wash garments; to wash sheep or wool; to wash the pavement or floor; to wash the bark of trees.

    When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, . . . he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person.
    --Matt. xxvii. 24.

  2. To cover with water or any liquid; to wet; to fall on and moisten; hence, to overflow or dash against; as, waves wash the shore.

    Fresh-blown roses washed with dew.

    [The landscape] washed with a cold, gray mist.

  3. To waste or abrade by the force of water in motion; as, heavy rains wash a road or an embankment.

  4. To remove by washing to take away by, or as by, the action of water; to drag or draw off as by the tide; -- often with away, off, out, etc.; as, to wash dirt from the hands.

    Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins.
    --Acts xxii. 16.

    The tide will wash you off.

  5. To cover with a thin or watery coat of color; to tint lightly and thinly.

  6. To overlay with a thin coat of metal; as, steel washed with silver.

  7. To cause dephosphorisation of (molten pig iron) by adding substances containing iron oxide, and sometimes manganese oxide.

  8. To pass (a gas or gaseous mixture) through or over a liquid for the purpose of purifying it, esp. by removing soluble constituents.

    To wash gold, etc., to treat earth or gravel, or crushed ore, with water, in order to separate the gold or other metal, or metallic ore, through their higher density.

    To wash the hands of. See under Hand.


Wash \Wash\, v. i.

  1. To perform the act of ablution.

    Wash in Jordan seven times.
    --2 Kings v. 10.

  2. To clean anything by rubbing or dipping it in water; to perform the business of cleansing clothes, ore, etc., in water. ``She can wash and scour.''

  3. To bear without injury the operation of being washed; as, some calicoes do not wash. [Colloq.]

  4. To be wasted or worn away by the action of water, as by a running or overflowing stream, or by the dashing of the sea; -- said of road, a beach, etc.

  5. To use washes, as for the face or hair.

  6. To move with a lapping or swashing sound, or the like; to lap; splash; as, to hear the water washing.

  7. to be accepted as true or valid; to be proven true by subsequent evidence; -- usually used in the negative; as, his alibi won't wash. [informal]


Wash \Wash\, a.

  1. Washy; weak. [Obs.]

    Their bodies of so weak and wash a temper.
    --Beau. & Fl.

  2. Capable of being washed without injury; washable; as, wash goods. [Colloq.]


Wash \Wash\, n.

  1. The act of washing; an ablution; a cleansing, wetting, or dashing with water; hence, a quantity, as of clothes, washed at once.

  2. A piece of ground washed by the action of a sea or river, or sometimes covered and sometimes left dry; the shallowest part of a river, or arm of the sea; also, a bog; a marsh; a fen; as, the washes in Lincolnshire. ``The Wash of Edmonton so gay.''

    These Lincoln washes have devoured them.

  3. Substances collected and deposited by the action of water; as, the wash of a sewer, of a river, etc.

    The wash of pastures, fields, commons, and roads, where rain water hath a long time settled.

  4. Waste liquid, the refuse of food, the collection from washed dishes, etc., from a kitchen, often used as food for pigs.

  5. (Distilling)

    1. The fermented wort before the spirit is extracted.

    2. A mixture of dunder, molasses, water, and scummings, used in the West Indies for distillation.
      --B. Edwards.

  6. That with which anything is washed, or wetted, smeared, tinted, etc., upon the surface. Specifically:

    1. A liquid cosmetic for the complexion.

    2. A liquid dentifrice.

    3. A liquid preparation for the hair; as, a hair wash.

    4. A medical preparation in a liquid form for external application; a lotion.

    5. (Painting) A thin coat of color, esp. water color. (j) A thin coat of metal applied in a liquid form on any object, for beauty or preservation; -- called also washing.

  7. (Naut.)

    1. The blade of an oar, or the thin part which enters the water.

    2. The backward current or disturbed water caused by the action of oars, or of a steamer's screw or paddles, etc.

  8. The flow, swash, or breaking of a body of water, as a wave; also, the sound of it.

  9. Ten strikes, or bushels, of oysters. [Prov. Eng.]

  10. [Western U. S.] (Geol.)

    1. Gravel and other rock d['e]bris transported and deposited by running water; coarse alluvium.

    2. An alluvial cone formed by a stream at the base of a mountain.

  11. The dry bed of an intermittent stream, sometimes at the bottom of a ca[~n]on; as, the Amargosa wash, Diamond wash; -- called also dry wash. [Western U. S.]

  12. (Arch.) The upper surface of a member or material when given a slope to shed water. Hence, a structure or receptacle shaped so as to receive and carry off water, as a carriage wash in a stable.

  13. an action or situation in which the gains and losses are equal, or closely compensate each other.

  14. (Aeronautics) the disturbance of the air left behind in the wake of a moving airplane or one of its parts. Wash ball, a ball of soap to be used in washing the hands or face. --Swift. Wash barrel (Fisheries), a barrel nearly full of split mackerel, loosely put in, and afterward filled with salt water in order to soak the blood from the fish before salting. Wash bottle. (Chem.)

    1. A bottle partially filled with some liquid through which gases are passed for the purpose of purifying them, especially by removing soluble constituents.

    2. A washing bottle. See under Washing.

      Wash gilding. See Water gilding.

      Wash leather, split sheepskin dressed with oil, in imitation of chamois, or shammy, and used for dusting, cleaning glass or plate, etc.; also, alumed, or buff, leather for soldiers' belts.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late Old English wæsc "act of washing," from wash (v.). Meaning "clothes set aside to be washed" is attested from 1789; meaning "thin coat of paint" is recorded from 1690s; sense of "land alternately covered and exposed by the sea" is recorded from mid-15c.


Old English wascan "to wash, cleanse, bathe," transitive sense in late Old English, from Proto-Germanic *watskan "to wash" (cognates: Old Norse vaska, Middle Dutch wasscen, Dutch wassen, German waschen), from stem *wed- "water, wet" (see water (n.1)). Related: Washed; washing.\n

\nUsed mainly of clothes in Old English (the principal verb for washing the body, dishes, etc. being þwean). Old French gaschier "to stain, soil; soak, wash" (Modern French gâcher) is from Frankish *waskan, from the same Germanic source. Italian guazzare also is a Germanic loan-word. To wash (one's) hands of something id 1550s, from Pilate in Matt. xxvii.24. To wash up "clean utensils after a meal" is from 1751. Washed up "no longer effective" is 1923, theater slang, from notion of washing up at the end of a job.


n. 1 The process or an instance of washing or being washed by water or other liquid. 2 A liquid used for washing. 3 The quantity of clothes washed at a time. 4 (context arts English) A smooth and translucent painting#Noun created using a paintbrush holding a large amount of solvent#Noun and a small amount of paint#Noun. 5 The sound of breaking of the seas, e.g., on the shore. 6 The wake of a moving ship. 7 The turbulence left in the air by a moving airplane. 8 A lotion or other liquid with medicinal or hygienic properties. 9 Ground washed away to the sea or a river. 10 A piece of ground washed by the action of water, or sometimes covered and sometimes left dry; the shallowest part of a river, or arm of the sea; also, a bog; a marsh. 11 A shallow body of water. 12 In arid and semi-arid regions, the normally dry bed of an intermittent or ephemeral stream; an arroyo or wadi. 13 An situation in which losses and gains or advantages and disadvantages are equivalent; a situation in which there is no net change. 14 Waste liquid, the refuse of food, the collection from washed dishes, etc., from a kitchen, often used as food for pigs; pigwash. 15 In distilling, the fermented wort before the spirit is extracted. 16 A mixture of dunder, molasses, water, and scummings, used in the West Indies for distillation. 17 A thin coat of metal laid on anything for beauty or preservation. 18 (context nautical English) The blade of an oar. 19 The backward current or disturbed water caused by the action of oars, or of a steamer's screw or paddles, etc. 20 Ten strikes, or bushels, of oysters. 21 (cx architecture English) The upper surface of a member or material when given a slope to shed water; hence, a structure or receptacle shaped so as to receive and carry off water. vb. 1 To clean with water. 2 (context transitive English) To move or erode by the force of water in motion. 3 (context mining English) To separate valuable material (such as gold) from worthless material by the action of flowing water. 4 (context intransitive English) To clean oneself with water. 5 (context transitive English) To cover with water or any liquid; to wet; to fall on and moisten. 6 (cx intransitive English) To move with a lapping or swashing sound; to lap or splash. 7 (context intransitive English) To be eroded or carried away by the action of water. 8 (context intransitive figuratively English) To be cogent, convincing; to withstand critique. 9 (context intransitive English) To bear without injury the operation of being washed. 10 (context intransitive English) To be wasted or worn away by the action of water, as by a running or overflowing stream, or by the dashing of the sea; said of road, a beach, etc. 11 To cover with a thin or watery coat of colour; to tint lightly and thinly. 12 To overlay with a thin coat of metal. 13 (cx transitive English) To cause dephosphorization of (molten pig iron) by adding substances containing iron oxide, and sometimes manganese oxide. 14 (cx transitive English) To pass (a gas or gaseous mixture) through or over a liquid for the purpose of purifying it, especially by removing soluble constituents.

  1. n. a thin coat of water-base paint

  2. the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water) [syn: washing, lavation]

  3. the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon) [syn: dry wash]

  4. the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway); "from the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water" [syn: washout]

  5. the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller [syn: slipstream, airstream, race, backwash]

  6. a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other [syn: wash drawing]

  7. garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering [syn: laundry, washing, washables]

  8. any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out; "at the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash"

  1. v. clean with some chemical process [syn: rinse]

  2. cleanse (one's body) with soap and water [syn: lave]

  3. cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water; "Wash the towels, please!" [syn: launder]

  4. move by or as if by water; "The swollen river washed away the footbridge"

  5. be capable of being washed; "Does this material wash?"

  6. admit to testing or proof; "This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court"

  7. separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)

  8. apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to

  9. remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent; "he washed the dirt from his coat"; "The nurse washed away the blood"; "Can you wash away the spots on the windows?"; "he managed to wash out the stains" [syn: wash out, wash off, wash away]

  10. form by erosion; "The river washed a ravine into the mountainside"

  11. make moist; "The dew moistened the meadows" [syn: moisten, dampen]

  12. wash or flow against; "the waves laved the shore" [syn: lave, lap]

  13. to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking; "The cat washes several times a day"


WASH (also spelled WaSH) stands for " Water, Sanitation and Hygiene" - several interrelated public health issues that are of particular interest to international development programs. Affordable access to WASH is a key public health issue, especially in many countries in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Several international development agencies have identified WASH as an area with great potential to improve health, life-expectancy, student learning, gender equality, and many other key issues of development.

Wash (distilling)

Term used in the production of distilled beverages. Wash is the finished product of fermentation destined to be distilled for the first time. Distillation being the removal of impurities or purification of the spirit (alcoholic liquor), hence it is being Washed. Also referred to as Low Wines (4%-20% ABV) when distilled the first time, and High Wines 20%-65% ABV) when the spirit has been distilled additional times.

Wash (creek)
Wash (singer)

Ronald Washington Jr., better known by his stage name Wash, is an American recording artist.


WASH (97.1 FM) is an iHeartMedia, Inc. radio station located in Washington, D.C.. Known on-air as "Wash-FM", the station has an adult contemporary format. The station also streams its broadcast on iHeartRadio. The station's studios are located in Rockville, Maryland and the transmitter site is in DC's Tenleytown district.

WASH has been a soft adult contemporary station in one form or another since the 1970s. For a few years in the early 1980s, the station attempted to do a Top 40 / CHR format (publicized by the station's "WASH with the Stars" TV ad campaign) which had no success and the station later returned to their original Soft AC format. Until late 2013, the station played disco music and related songs (mostly 1970s Top 40) in a program known as "Jammin' Saturday Night" from 7 pm to midnight. After the 2013 holiday season, the program was revamped to play songs from the 1980s under the name "All 80's Saturday Night".

The station plays exclusively Christmas music from mid-November through Christmas Day (plus on July 25 for "Christmas in July") and calls itself "Washington's Official Christmas Station" during the season.

WASH-FM broadcasts in the HD digital hybrid format.

Wash (visual arts)

A wash is a term for a visual arts technique resulting in a semi-transparent layer of color. A wash of diluted ink or watercolor paint applied in combination with drawing is called pen and wash, wash drawing, or ink and wash. Normally only one or two colours of wash are used; if more colours are used the result is likely to be classified as a full watercolor painting.

In painting it is a technique in which a paint brush that is very wet with solvent and holds a small load of paint or ink is applied to a wet or dry support such as paper or primed or raw canvas. The result is a smooth and uniform area that ideally lacks the appearance of brush strokes and is semi-transparent. In East Asian traditions Ink and wash painting is a very important technique, all applied with brushes, especially for landscape painting.

A wash is accomplished by using a large amount of solvent with little paint. Paint consists of a pigment and binder which allows the pigment to adhere to its support. Solvents dilute the binder, thus diluting the binding strength of the paint. Washes can be brittle and fragile paint films because of this. However, when gum arabic watercolor washes are applied to a highly absorbent surface, such as paper, the effects are long lasting.

The wash technique can be achieved by doing the following:

  • With water-based media such as inks, acrylic paints, tempera paints or watercolor paints, a wet brush should be dipped into a pool of very wet and diluted paint. This paint pool should be evenly mixed and dispersed to prevent uneven pigment load on the brush. The loaded brush should then be applied to a dry or wet support. Washes are most often applied with large brushes over large areas. The areas in which a wash effects can be controlled with careful application of the wash, and with the use of liquid frisket or rubber cement.
  • With oil-based media such as oil paint, a similar technique as outlined above may be used, though instead of water the paint pool should be well diluted in solvent, such as turpentine or mineral spirits. The loaded brush should be applied to a dry or solvent soaked support. Because oil paint has a longer drying time than water-based media, brushing over or blending a wash can extend or even out the appearance of the wash. American artists Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Morris Louis, Sam Francis, Paul Jenkins, Helen Frankenthaler, Jules Olitski, Friedel Dzubas, Ronnie Landfield and several others are famous for creating washy, watercolor-like effects in oil and acrylic paintings in distinctive and radical styles and versions of this method, and which is sometimes called stain painting.

In interior design, a wash or color wash of paint on a wall can be used to create a textured effect as a faux finish.

In ceramics, a wash is typically a coloring oxide thinned with water applied to the piece to achieve an effect similar to a glaze.

Digital image creation software can have features that simulate the painting technique.

Within cinematic representation of the technique, Alfred Hitchcock used a wash of red over closeup of actress Tippi Hedren in Marnie as an expressionistic representation of the character's emotional trauma.

Usage examples of "wash".

In the second case, in a youth of sixteen, death occurred after washing out a deep abscess of the nates with the same solution.

Though the bridge of stone and timber had washed away centuries before, the abutments still remained.

The rotor wash whipped at Abies as the helicopter turned above, then dipped sharply down behind the tree cover and disappeared.

It was deep twilight when Ace sat down in front of the fire and attacked the tender, roasted meat, washing it down with swallows of coffee.

Filter off the precipitate and wash with hot water containing a little sodium acetate, dissolve it off the filter with hot dilute hydrochloric acid, add ammonia in excess, and pass sulphuretted hydrogen for five minutes.

The precipitate is filtered quickly through a large filter, and washed with hot water containing a little acetate of soda.

After precipitating as ammonic-magnesic phosphate with sodium phosphate, and well washing with ammonia, it is dissolved in dilute hydrochloric acid, neutralised with ammonia, and sodic acetate and acetic acid are added in the usual quantity.

Again, if the ore is washed with water before treating with cyanide on the large scale, then the assay should be made of the acidity of the ore after a similar washing.

Lawson chewed a piece of adobo and washed this down with a swig of the vaguely bitter Cruz del Campo beer.

Do ye think fowk wash their flags afore they hing them oot, like sarks or sheets?

Fausta as the other women bustled around her, cutting the cord and helping her to deliver the afterbirth while the maids washed and swaddled the child.

Those dreadful moments he had lived through at the executions had as it were forever washed away from his imagination and memory the agitating thoughts and feelings that had formerly seemed so important.

He went to the bathroom to wash his hands, but this time he did not ask the mirror, metaphysically, What can this be, he had recovered his scientific outlook, the fact that agnosia and amaurosis are identified and defined with great precision in books and in practice, did not preclude the appearance of variations, mutations, if the word is appropriate, and that day seemed to have arrived.

He took the medicines she carried for him, washed them down with a drink from her flask, and sat there ahorse while others stretched their legs.

A clothes airer stacked with damp washing, a pram and a bed were crammed up against a cot from which he swiftly averted his attention.