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washing machine

a mechanical apparatus, usually powered by electricity, for washing clothing, linens, etc.

washing machine

[′wäsh·iŋ mə‚shēn]
(design engineering)

washing machine

(storage)
An old-style 14-inch hard disk in a floor-standing cabinet. So called because of the size of the cabinet and the "top-loading" access to the media packs - and, of course, they were always set on "spin cycle". The thick channel cables connecting these were called "bit hoses". The washing-machine idiom transcends language barriers; it is even used in Russian hacker jargon.

See also walking drives.
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The existing clothes washers must have been manufactured during or before 1997 and the refrigerators manufactured during or prior to 1992.
They found that replacing a pre-1994 clothes washer with an EnergyStar washer can save a customer as much as $110 a year.
The petition noted, "through the Joint Comment, representatives of the entire United States clothes washer market agreed to a future limitation of production to models estimated to cost 59 percent more than the current average.
The Laundry Appliance Satisfaction Study and the Kitchen Appliance Satisfaction Study, now in their ninth and 10th years, respectively, measure customer satisfaction in nine segments of major home appliances: clothes washers (front-load washers and top-load washers are measured separately in this year's study); clothes dryers; dishwashers; cooktops/ranges/ovens; over-the-range microwaves; and refrigerators (French door refrigerators, side-by-side refrigerators and top-mount freezer refrigerators are measured separately in this year's study).
Starting April 1, the state will raise the energy efficiency standards required in new clothes washers and dishwashers for them to be eligible for Oregon's residential energy tax credit program.
Consumer Alert was among those giving the Department of Energy (DOE) negative feedback on proposed clothes washer rules that promise to drive up the cost of washing machines for every consumer.
Adjust the water level of your clothes washer so it matches your load size
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The English company also has developed a robotic vacuum cleaner and a tumble-action clothes washer with Contrarotator drums moving in opposite directions.
Policy Analyst James Plummer appeared on Fox News Channel's Fox Report to discuss new clothes washer rules.
We're proud that a wide variety of our clothes washer models, at multiple price points have met this standard - making efficient, sustainable washers available to all consumers.
One of the more controversial examples is a Sanyo clothes washer available in Japan that uses ultrasonic waves and electrolyzed water to clean.