washing has definitions from the fields of work,clothing
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[ noun ] (work) the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)

Synonyms

wash

Used in print

(Jay C. Harris and John R. Van Wazer, "Detergent...)

Exclusive of esthetic values , such_as high - or low foam level , perfume content , etc. , the requirements for the organic active used in washing textiles are high .

This is best demonstrated by practical washing tests in which cloth articles are repeatedly washed with the same detergent formulation .

A good formulation will keep the clothes clean and white after many washings ; whereas , with a poor formulation , the clothes exhibit a build-up of `` tattle-tale_grey '' and dirty spots - sometimes with bad results even after the first wash .

Since practical washing procedures are both lengthy and expensive , a number of laboratory tests have been developed for the numerical evaluation of detergents .

In this way , numerical values for the relative efficacy of various detergent formulations can be obtained by measuring the reflectance ( whiteness ) of the cloth swatches before and after washing .

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[ noun ] (clothing) garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering

Related terms

garment white_goods wash

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[ noun ] the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)

Synonyms

wash lavation

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