washboard
noun Date: 1742 1. a broad thin plank along a gunwale or on the sill of a lower deck port to keep out the sea 2. baseboard 3. a. a corrugated rectangular surface that is used for scrubbing clothes or as a percussion instrument b. a road or pavement so worn by traffic as to be corrugated transversely c. an abdominal area characterized by prominent and well-defined musculature — usually used attributively <
a bodybuilder with washboard abs
>
<
a washboard stomach
>

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  • Washboard —   [englisch, wɔʃbɔ:d; wörtlich »Waschbrett«], zum Perkussionsinstrument umfunktioniertes Waschbrett; wurde mit Deckeln und Töpfen behängt als Schlagzeugersatz in den Washboard Bands und Spasm Bands genutzt; später auch in Skiffle und… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Washboard — Wash board , n. 1. A fluted, or ribbed, board on which clothes are rubbed in washing them. [1913 Webster] 2. A board running round, and serving as a facing for, the walls of a room, next to the floor; a mopboard. [1913 Webster] 3. (Naut.) A broad …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • washboard — clothes cleaning device, 1882, from WASH (Cf. wash) (v.) + BOARD (Cf. board) (n.1). As a percussion instrument, attested from 1925; in reference to abdominal muscles, recorded from 1950 in boxing jargon …   Etymology dictionary

  • washboard — ► NOUN 1) a board made of ridged wood or a sheet of corrugated zinc, against which clothes are scrubbed during washing. 2) a similar board played as a percussion instrument by scraping. 3) (before another noun ) (of a man s stomach) lean and with …   English terms dictionary

  • washboard — [wôsh′bôrd΄] n. ☆ 1. a) a board or frame with a ridged surface of metal, glass, etc., used for scrubbing dirt out of clothes or as a percussion instrument in a jug band b) the worn surface of a paved road resembling this 2. BASEBOARD 3. Naut. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Washboard — A washboard is a tool designed for hand washing clothing. With mechanized cleaning of clothing becoming more common by the end of the 20th century, the washboard has become better known for its originally subsidiary use as a musical instrument.… …   Wikipedia

  • Washboard — Planche à laver La planche à laver ou washboard (en anglais) est un instrument de musique de percussion apparu à La Nouvelle Orléans. C est un ustensile sanitaire détourné de sa fonction originelle et adapté à un jeu musical par le détournement d …   Wikipédia en Français

  • washboard — washboardy, adj. /wosh bawrd , bohrd , wawsh /, n. 1. a rectangular board or frame, typically with a corrugated metallic surface, on which clothes are rubbed in the process of washing. 2. a baseboard around the walls of a room. 3. Also called… …   Universalium

  • washboard — UK [ˈwɒʃˌbɔː(r)d] / US [ˈwɑʃˌbɔrd] noun [countable] Word forms washboard : singular washboard plural washboards a board with a rough metal surface used in the past for rubbing clothes on to help to make them clean …   English dictionary

  • washboard — wash•board [[t]ˈwɒʃˌbɔrd, ˌboʊrd, ˈwɔʃ [/t]] n. 1) a rectangular board or frame, typically with a corrugated metallic surface, on which clothes are rubbed in the process of washing 2) a baseboard around the walls of a room 3) naut. a thin, broad… …   From formal English to slang

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