A wash is a painting 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. A wash of diluted ink or watercolor paint is very often applied in combination with drawing, as a quick and effective supplement to linear techniques. This technique is called pen and wash, wash drawing, or ink and wash. Normally only one or two colours of wash are used; if more colurs are used the result is likely to be ...

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WASH, used in international development programs, refers to "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene". Specifically it may refer to a water, sanitation and hygiene advocacy campaign initiated by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. Access to safe water, adequate sanitation, and proper hygiene education can reduce illness and death from disease, and also impact poverty reduction and socio-economic development.

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  1. The process or an instance of washing or being washed by water or other liquid.
    I'm going to have a quick wash before coming to bed.
    My jacket needs a wash.
  2. A liquid used for washing.
  3. The quantity of clothes washed at a time.
    There's a lot in that wash: maybe you should split it into two piles.
  4. A smooth and translucent painting created using a paintbrush holding a large amount of solvent and a small amount of paint.
  5. The sound of breaking of the seas, e.g., on the shore.
    I could hear the wash of the wave.
  6. The wake of a moving ship.
    The ship left a big wash
    Sail away from the wash to avoid rocking the boat.
  7. The turbulence left in the air by a moving airplane.
  8. A lotion or other liquid with medicinal or hygienic properties.
    mouth wash
    hand wash
  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; wadi
  13. Something where no progress is made, where nothing changes; a washout.
    His first week at the new job was a wash, since he spent so much time learning the system instead of using it.
  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. 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.


  1. To clean with water.
  2. To move or erode by the force of water in motion.
    Heavy rains wash a road or an embankment.
  3. To separate valuable material (such as gold) from worthless material by the action of flowing water.
  4. To clean oneself with water.
  5. To cover with water or any liquid; to wet; to fall on and moisten.
    Waves wash the shore.
  6. To be eroded or carried away by the action of water.
  7. To be cogent, convincing; to withstand critique.
  8. To bear without injury the operation of being washed.
  9. 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.
  10. To cover with a thin or watery coat of colour; to tint lightly and thinly.
  11. To overlay with a thin coat of metal.
    steel washed with silver

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