wash·er (wŏshər, wôshər)
1. One who washes: a washer of clothes; a washer of windows.
2. An appliance, especially a washing machine, used for washing.
3. A flat disk, as of metal, plastic, rubber, or leather, placed beneath a nut or bolt to make the connection more secure or distribute pressure or placed between parts to space the parts properly or prevent leakage in a joint.
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