tr.v. rinsed, rins·ing, rins·es
1. To wash lightly with water.
2. To remove (soap, for example) by washing lightly in water.
1. The act of washing lightly.
2. A solution, such as water, used in rinsing.
3. A solution used in coloring or conditioning the hair.
[Middle English rincen, from Old French rincier, from Vulgar Latin *recentiāre, from Latin recēns, recent-, fresh; see RECENT.]
rinsa·ble, rinsi·ble adj.
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