Definition of washer in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈwôSHər//ˈwäSHər/


  • 1[usually with modifier] A person or device that washes something.

    ‘a glass washer’
    • ‘The utility has monitored some of the car washers who took part in that Big Wash and found many of them put into practice what they had learned.’
    • ‘The rusted remnants of a low-water spray washer hulked to the left.’
    • ‘You could be a window washer on a skyscraper, and the anchor on your scaffold could break, just as the winds just gusting up to 30 miles an hour.’
    • ‘I think that leaf blowers, and power washers, and electric/gas powered lawn mowers create more problems than they solve.’
    • ‘The police often chase the young window washers away from their junction, but after a while they return.’
    • ‘Also included were employees who had atypical or nontraditional jobs, such as glassware washers, computer programmers, and couriers.’
    • ‘Would using a power washer do damage to my stones or grout?’
    • ‘Other options available include heated front seats, electronic climate control and high pressure headlight washers.’
    • ‘I think it would be worth the life-threatening beating to see the look on the car washers' faces.’
    • ‘It would have included a wide range of facilities, including round-the-clock jet washers, a car wash and garage shop.’
    • ‘Some naive ones, recruited by hair salons along dim streets in backward neighborhood of the city, soon realize that they cannot make easy money by merely working as hair washers.’
    • ‘The second cleaning method is to use a pressure washer.’
    • ‘Duncan and his entourage were perched on a hanging scaffold, like window washers.’
    • ‘The station, planned to replace an existing one in Fulford Road, would see jet washers in use round the clock.’
    • ‘A difference of three feet one way or another may not seem like much when you're deciding where to position a glass washer, but it can add up to hundreds or even thousands of extra steps for bartenders a week.’
    • ‘A short, stout man by the name of Lars Benny was the general owner, barkeep and bottle washer of the joint.’
    • ‘Besides his own ingenuity, he used a tile setter's simple tools and a window washer's belt and buckle.’
    • ‘Mark looked up from loading the glass washer to see a new face at the bar.’
    • ‘I will buy the robot floor washer when it comes out, and the automatic lawnmower as soon as I can afford one.’
    • ‘Motorists will also be able to have their bodywork brought up to scratch by a team of car washers, in return for a donation.’
    1. 1.1 A washing machine.
      • ‘Tossing the bed sheets into the washer, I turned on the water and poured in a bit of soap, closing the lid after and letting it work itself.’
      • ‘I placed them carefully on top of the dryer and put the pillowcase into the washer with a load of whites.’
      • ‘I have the sheets in the washer and the duvet in the dryer.’
      • ‘In the case of a $5 item, I'd be tempted to just throw the thing in the washer with cold water, and then hang it or lay it flat on towels to dry.’
      • ‘And he walked out of the apartment, heading down the hall to the community washer and dryer on this floor.’
      • ‘Now I will move stuff from washer to dryer and go to bed.’
      • ‘Also, appliances - such as domestic hot water heaters, washers, dryers, and freezers - that supply heat as a byproduct are often located in the basement.’
      • ‘Water heaters, washers, and dryers tend to crack over time, allowing water to trickle.’
      • ‘Transfer laundry from washer to dryer, start another load.’
      • ‘While I emptied the mop bucket in the flowerbed M.J. put the sopping towels in the washer, we dried the remaining wet spots on the floor, and set about the business of serving dinner.’
      • ‘Sarah and I are doing the motherload of all loads of laundry, there's 7 of those side load washers here and we filled all of them up.’
      • ‘I used to spend $50 every few weeks on laundry bills, because I had no washer or dryer.’
      • ‘She had just thrown a load of whites in the washer when the doorbell rang.’
      • ‘At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher or vacuum.’
      • ‘The washer breaking down was the most annoying thing, happening just when the baby was sick and there was five times as much laundry to do.’
      • ‘Fully automatic washers did not become widely available until after World War II.’
      • ‘Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible and use the washer only with a full load.’
      • ‘I generally strip the bed and toss the sheets in the washer.’
      • ‘The dogs took it all in their stride, but I am damp and cross with myself, since if I'd kept in the habit of turning off the washing machine taps after each load, then the washer might not have worn out.’
      • ‘They make everything from microwaves to cell phones from washers to security systems.’
  • 2A small flat ring made of metal, rubber, or plastic fixed under a nut or the head of a bolt to spread the pressure when tightened or between two joining surfaces as a spacer or seal.

    • ‘Replace worn tap washers for a quick and cheap way of saving water.’
    • ‘Does that new faucet have rubber washers or plastic valves?’
    • ‘These make great places to store nails, screws, nut, bolts, washers, tacks, and staples.’
    • ‘You have to be careful not to drop the rings and washers in the grass.’
    • ‘Countersink the bolt holes to accommodate washers and nuts.’
    • ‘He quietly gathered a few bolts and washers from the floor and threw them to the other end of a row of crates, causing a loud sound to come from that direction.’
    • ‘Anyway, in brief, you use a screw and plastic washer on the back of the motherboard to hold a metal rod and plastic washer in place on the front side - one through each mounting hole.’
    • ‘Bolts, nuts and washers are available at any hardware store.’
    • ‘The cost of faucet washers, either in a kit or singly, is minimal.’
    • ‘Install the lower washers, secure the assembly with a new nut, and reinstall the water line.’
    • ‘Then tighten the nuts and washers onto the bolts by hand.’
    • ‘The boards may be held in place by stainless steel screws with large plastic washers.’
    • ‘Stainless steel bolts attach each panel to the wall; washers on the back create a 1/4-inch air space between the glass and the wall.’
    • ‘Fasten the bottom of each brace with a 6-inch machine bolt and countersink the washer and nut.’
    • ‘Now you need four sets of four standard round washers (metal or plastic, about 1 inch in diameter or a little less), purchased at any hardware store.’
    • ‘Deck hardware is soundly attached with stainless steel nuts, bolts and washers and either aluminum or fiberglass backing plates for distributing loads.’
    • ‘A rubber gasket and galvanized washer and nut hold the pipe in place and seal the hole.’
    • ‘A good toolbox has lots of trays designed to hold all those odd bits of hardware, such as screws and bolts, washers, nuts, and nails.’
    • ‘Secure each terminal end with the provided washers and lock nuts.’
    • ‘Some kits come with lots of spacers and washers, others don't.’