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Happiness is a sunbeam which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a particle of its original ray; nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, like the converged light on a mirror, it reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared.
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Etymology

From Old English wæscan (cognate with Dutch wassen and German waschen)

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Verb

Infinitive
to wash

Third person singular
wash

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to wash (third-person singular simple present wash, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To clean with water.
  2. To move by the force of water in motion (as in the flood washed away houses).
  3. (mining) To separate valuable material (such as gold) from worthless material by the action of flowing water.
  4. (intransitive) To clean oneself with water.
  5. (intransitive) To be eroded or carried away by the action of water.

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Noun

Singular
wash

Plural
washes

wash (washes)
  1. The process or an instance of washing or being washed by water or other liquid.
  2. A liquid used for washing.
  3. The quantity of clothes washed at a time.
  4. The sound of breaking of the seas, e.g., on the shore.
  5. The wake of a moving ship.
  6. The turbulence left in the air by a moving airplane.
  7. A lotion or other liquid with medicinal or hygienic properties.
  8. Ground washed away to the sea or a river.
  9. A shallow body of water.
  10. In arid and semi-arid regions, the normally dry bed of an intermittent or ephemeral stream; an arroyo; wadi
    • 1997, Stanley Desmond Smith, et al. Physiological Ecology of North American Desert Plants, Nature
      In some desert-wash systems (which have been termed “xero-riparian”)
    • 1999, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert
      ...though the wash may carry surface water for only a few hours a year.
    • 2005, Le Hayes, Pilgrims in the Desert: The Early History of the East Mojave Desert
      Rock Spring Wash continues a short distance then joins Watson Wash. Water from Rock Spring comes out of the boulder strewn wash and disappears into the sand
  11. A lack of progress or regress; no change
    His first week at the new job was a wash, since he spent so much time learning the system instead of using it.

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