Wash leather
Wash Wash, n. 1. The act of washing; an ablution; a cleansing, wetting, or dashing with water; hence, a quantity, as of clothes, washed at once. [1913 Webster]

2. A piece of ground washed by the action of a sea or river, or sometimes covered and sometimes left dry; the shallowest part of a river, or arm of the sea; also, a bog; a marsh; a fen; as, the washes in Lincolnshire. ``The Wash of Edmonton so gay.'' --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

These Lincoln washes have devoured them. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Substances collected and deposited by the action of water; as, the wash of a sewer, of a river, etc. [1913 Webster]

The wash of pastures, fields, commons, and roads, where rain water hath a long time settled. --Mortimer. [1913 Webster]

4. Waste liquid, the refuse of food, the collection from washed dishes, etc., from a kitchen, often used as food for pigs. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. (Distilling) (a) The fermented wort before the spirit is extracted. (b) A mixture of dunder, molasses, water, and scummings, used in the West Indies for distillation. --B. Edwards. [1913 Webster]

6. That with which anything is washed, or wetted, smeared, tinted, etc., upon the surface. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) A liquid cosmetic for the complexion. [1913 Webster] (b) A liquid dentifrice. [1913 Webster] (c) A liquid preparation for the hair; as, a hair wash. [1913 Webster] (d) A medical preparation in a liquid form for external application; a lotion. [1913 Webster] (e) (Painting) A thin coat of color, esp. water color. [1913 Webster] (j) A thin coat of metal applied in a liquid form on any object, for beauty or preservation; -- called also {washing}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

7. (Naut.) (a) The blade of an oar, or the thin part which enters the water. (b) The backward current or disturbed water caused by the action of oars, or of a steamer's screw or paddles, etc. [1913 Webster]

8. The flow, swash, or breaking of a body of water, as a wave; also, the sound of it. [1913 Webster]

9. Ten strikes, or bushels, of oysters. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

10. [Western U. S.] (Geol.) (a) Gravel and other rock d['e]bris transported and deposited by running water; coarse alluvium. (b) An alluvial cone formed by a stream at the base of a mountain. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

11. The dry bed of an intermittent stream, sometimes at the bottom of a ca[~n]on; as, the Amargosa wash, Diamond wash; -- called also {dry wash}. [Western U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

12. (Arch.) The upper surface of a member or material when given a slope to shed water. Hence, a structure or receptacle shaped so as to receive and carry off water, as a carriage wash in a stable. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

13. an action or situation in which the gains and losses are equal, or closely compensate each other. [PJC]

14. (Aeronautics) the disturbance of the air left behind in the wake of a moving airplane or one of its parts. [PJC]

{Wash ball}, a ball of soap to be used in washing the hands or face. --Swift.

{Wash barrel} (Fisheries), a barrel nearly full of split mackerel, loosely put in, and afterward filled with salt water in order to soak the blood from the fish before salting.

{Wash bottle}. (Chem.) (a) A bottle partially filled with some liquid through which gases are passed for the purpose of purifying them, especially by removing soluble constituents. (b) A washing bottle. See under {Washing}.

{Wash gilding}. See {Water gilding}.

{Wash leather}, split sheepskin dressed with oil, in imitation of chamois, or shammy, and used for dusting, cleaning glass or plate, etc.; also, alumed, or buff, leather for soldiers' belts. [1913 Webster]


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  • wash leather — noun piece of chamois used for cleaning and polishing • Hypernyms: ↑chamois, ↑chamois leather, ↑chammy, ↑chammy leather, ↑shammy, ↑shammy leather * * * wash leather noun 1. Split sheepskin prepared with oi …   Useful english dictionary

  • wash-leather — noun a) Leather that has been treated so as to be very absorbent. Usually made of sheepskin treated with oil, and used for dusting or as an absorbent lining in pockets, gloves, etc. One of his waistcoat pockets was lined with wash leather for the …   Wiktionary

  • wash-leather — /ˈwɒʃ lɛðə/ (say wosh ledhuh) noun a soft leather, usually sheepskin, prepared in imitation of chamois leather, used for gloves, etc., and for polishing surfaces, as glass …   Australian English dictionary

  • wash-leather — /wosh ledh euhr, wawsh /, n. a soft leather, usually sheepskin, dressed in imitation of chamois. Also, washleather. [1625 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • wash leather — noun dated chamois or a similar leather …   English new terms dictionary

  • wash-leather — /wosh ledh euhr, wawsh /, n. a soft leather, usually sheepskin, dressed in imitation of chamois. Also, washleather. [1625 35] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wash — Wash, n. 1. The act of washing; an ablution; a cleansing, wetting, or dashing with water; hence, a quantity, as of clothes, washed at once. [1913 Webster] 2. A piece of ground washed by the action of a sea or river, or sometimes covered and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wash ball — Wash Wash, n. 1. The act of washing; an ablution; a cleansing, wetting, or dashing with water; hence, a quantity, as of clothes, washed at once. [1913 Webster] 2. A piece of ground washed by the action of a sea or river, or sometimes covered and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wash barrel — Wash Wash, n. 1. The act of washing; an ablution; a cleansing, wetting, or dashing with water; hence, a quantity, as of clothes, washed at once. [1913 Webster] 2. A piece of ground washed by the action of a sea or river, or sometimes covered and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wash bottle — Wash Wash, n. 1. The act of washing; an ablution; a cleansing, wetting, or dashing with water; hence, a quantity, as of clothes, washed at once. [1913 Webster] 2. A piece of ground washed by the action of a sea or river, or sometimes covered and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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