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.

updated on March 23, 2014

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Definitions of washing from WordNet

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
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.