Etymology
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washing (n.)

Old English wæscing "action of washing clothes," verbal noun from wash (v.). Meaning "clothes washed at one time" is from 1854. Washing machine attested from 1754.

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Definitions of washing

washing (n.)
the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water);
Synonyms: wash / lavation
washing (n.)
garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering;
Synonyms: laundry / wash / washables
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