Meaning of WASHER in English


I. ˈwȯshə(r), ˈwäsh-, ˈwȯish-, ÷ ˈwȯrsh- or ˈwärsh- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English wassher, from wasshen to wash + -er


a. : a person who washes ; specifically : a worker who cleans by washing (as clothes, animals, or materials or products in processes of preparation, manufacture, or maintenance)

b. : a machine for washing something: as

(1) : a device for removing dirt and soluble impurities from pulp and paper stock

(2) : washing machine

(3) : an apparatus or device for washing photographic materials to remove soluble chemical products (as produced by development or fixing)

(4) : an apparatus in which gases are washed : scrubber c

rotary washers


[Middle English; from the motion of its tail resembling the motion of one washing clothes or dishes]

dialect England : pied wagtail

3. : any of various flat thin rings or perforated plates (as of metal or leather) used in joints or assemblies to insure tightness, prevent leakage, or relieve friction — see lock washer , spring washer


[so called from its habit of washing its food before eating]

: raccoon

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to furnish with a washer

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