washer


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Washer \Wash"er\, n. [AS. w[ae]scere.]
   1. One who, or that which, washes.
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   2. A ring of metal, leather, or other material, or a
      perforated plate, used for various purposes, as around a
      bolt or screw to form a seat for the head or nut, or
      around a wagon axle to prevent endwise motion of the hub
      of the wheel and relieve friction, or in a joint to form a
      packing, etc.
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   3. (Plumbing) A fitting, usually having a plug, applied to a
      cistern, tub, sink, or the like, and forming the outlet
      opening.
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   4. (Zool.) The common raccoon.
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   5. (Zool.) Same as Washerwoman, 2. [Prov. Eng.]
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