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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Wash  \Wash\  (w[o^]sh),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Washed}  (w[o^]sht); 
  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. 
  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.  --Milton. 
  [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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Washing  \Wash"ing\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  one  who  washes;  the  act  of  cleansing  with 
  water;  ablution. 
  2.  The  clothes  washed,  esp.  at  one  time;  a  wash. 
  {Washing  bear}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  raccoon. 
  {Washing  bottle}  (Chem.),  a  bottle  fitted  with  glass  tubes 
  passing  through  the  cork,  so  that  on  blowing  into  one  of 
  the  tubes  a  stream  of  water  issuing  from  the  other  may  be 
  directed  upon  anything  to  be  washed  or  rinsed,  as  a 
  precipitate  upon  a  filter,  etc 
  {Washing  fluid},  a  liquid  used  as  a  cleanser,  and  consisting 
  usually  of  alkaline  salts  resembling  soaps  in  their 
  {Washing  machine},  a  machine  for  washing;  specifically,  a 
  machine  for  washing  clothes. 
  {Washing  soda}.  (Chem.)  See  {Sodium  carbonate},  under 
  {Washing  stuff},  any  earthy  deposit  containing  gold  enough  to 
  pay  for  washing  it  --  so  called  among  gold  miners. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Washing  \Wash"ing\,  n. 
  1.  (Mining)  Gold  dust  procured  by  washing;  also  a  place 
  where  this  is  done  a  washery. 
  2.  A  thin  covering  or  coat;  as  a  washing  of  silver. 
  3.  (Stock  Exchanges)  The  operation  of  simultaneously  buying 
  and  selling  the  same  stock  for  the  purpose  of  manipulating 
  the  market.  The  transaction  is  fictitious,  and  is 
  prohibited  by  stock-exchange  rules 
  4.  (Pottery)  The  covering  of  a  piece  with  an  infusible 
  powder,  which  prevents  it  from  sticking  to  its  supports, 
  while  receiving  the  glaze. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  work  of  washing  or  cleansing  [syn:  {wash}] 
  2:  the  natural  process  of  washing  [syn:  {lavation}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (Mark  7:1-9).  The  Jews,  like  other  Orientals,  used  their  fingers 
  when  taking  food,  and  therefore  washed  their  hands  before  doing 
  so  for  the  sake  of  cleanliness.  Here  the  reference  is  to  the 
  ablutions  prescribed  by  tradition,  according  to  which  "the 
  disciples  ought  to  have  gone  down  to  the  side  of  the  lake, 
  washed  their  hands  thoroughly,  'rubbing  the  fist  of  one  hand  in 
  the  hollow  of  the  other  then  placed  the  ten  finger-tips 
  together,  holding  the  hands  up  so  that  any  surplus  water  might 
  flow  down  to  the  elbow,  and  thence  to  the  ground.'"  To  neglect 
  to  do  this  had  come  to  be  regarded  as  a  great  sin,  a  sin  equal 
  to  the  breach  of  any  of  the  ten  commandments.  Moses  had 
  commanded  washings  oft,  but  always  for  some  definite  cause  but 
  the  Jews  multiplied  the  legal  observance  till  they  formed  a 
  large  body  of  precepts.  To  such  precepts  about  ceremonial 
  washing  Mark  here  refers.  (See  {ABLUTION}.) 

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