Saturday, 15 January 2011



–verb (used with object)
1. to apply water or some other liquid to (something or someone) for the purpose of cleansing; cleanse by dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing in water or some other liquid.
2. to remove (dirt, stains, paint, or any matter) by or as by the action of water (usually followed by “out”, “off”, etc.).
3. to free from spiritual defilement or from sin, guilt, etc.
4. to bathe, wet, or moisten with water or other liquid.
5. to flow through, over, or against.
6. to carry, bring, remove, or deposit (something) by means of water or any liquid, or as the water or liquid does (often followed by “up”, “down”, or “along”)
7. to wear or diminish, as water does by flowing over or against a surface (often followed by “out” or “away”)
8. (of water) to form by flowing over and eroding a surface.
9. Mining .
a. to subject (earth or ore) to the action or force of water in order to separate valuable material.
b. to separate (valuable material) in this way.
10. to purify (a gas or gaseous mixture) by passage through or over a liquid.
11. to cover with a watery or thin coat of colour.
12. to overlay with a thin coat or deposit of metal.
–verb (used without object)
13. to wash oneself.
14. to wash clothes.
15. to cleanse anything with or in water or other liquid.
16. to undergo washing without injury, especially shrinking or fading: fabrics guaranteed to wash.
17. Informal . to be found true, valid, or real when tested or closely scrutinized; stand being put to the proof.
18. to be carried or driven by water (often followed by “along” or “ashore”).
19. to flow or beat with a lapping sound, as waves on a shore.
20. to move along in or as in waves, or with a rushing movement, as water.
21. to be eroded, as by a stream or by rainfall: a hillside that washes frequently.
22. to be removed by the action of water (often followed by “away”).
23. the act or process of washing with water or other liquid.
24. a quantity of clothes, linens, etc., washed, or to be washed, at one time.
25. a liquid with which something is washed, wetted, coloured, overspread, etc.
26. the flow, sweep, dash, or breaking of water.
27. the sound made by this.
28. water moving along in waves or with a rushing movement.
29. the rough or broken water left behind a moving ship, boat, etc.; wake.
30. Aeronautics . the disturbance in the air left behind by a moving airplane or any of its parts.
31. any of various liquids for grooming or cosmetic purposes.
32. a lotion or other liquid having medicinal properties, as an antiseptic solution or the like (often used in combination).
33. Mining . minerals from which valuable material can be extracted by washing.
34. the wearing away of the shore by breaking waves.
35. a tract of land washed by the action of the sea or a river.
36. a marsh, fen, or bog.
37. a small stream or shallow pool.
38. a shallow arm of the sea or a shallow part of a river.
39. a depression or channel formed by flowing water.
40. Geology . alluvial matter transferred and deposited by flowing water.
41. Also called dry wash. Western U.S. the dry bed of an intermittent stream.
42. a broad, thin layer of colour applied by a continuous movement of the brush, as in water-colour painting.
43. Also called watershed, weathering. Architecture .
a. an upper surface so inclined as to shed rain water from a building.
b. any member of a building having such a surface.
44. Also, washing. a thin coat of metal applied in liquid form.
45. waste liquid matter, refuse, food, etc., from the kitchen, as for hogs; swill (often used in combination).
46. washy or weak liquor or liquid food.
47. the fermented wort from which the spirit is extracted in distilling.
48. Informal . an action that yields neither gain nor loss.
49. capable of being washed without shrinking, fading, etc.; washable.

She applies a wash
In a sweeping motion
Over and over
Always on the same spot
I often wonder
If this is not some type of
Self hypnotism


Dina said...

This may well be!

When I go to the woods to seek my semi-wild cat friend, she runs toward me, but just before greeting me she plops down and applies a quick "wash." Then we talk.

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Oh...I love these words. I often think that it is a zen-like thing with cats and washing and it does defuse stress, in fact is called displacement behavior:

I am far behind in thanking you for your stupendous support of Brighton's Yule Tide Auction and I am so happy you have the quilt and birdies to remember us by, too.

Eventually I have a little something to send you and will let you know when it's winging it's way to Rome!

Teri, Brighton and all the cats of Curlz and Swirlz!