AskDefine | Define rinse

Dictionary Definition



1 a liquid preparation used on wet hair to give it a tint
2 the removal of soap with clean water in the final stage of washing [syn: rinsing]
3 the act of giving a light tint to the hair
4 washing lightly without soap


1 wash off soap or remaining dirt [syn: rinse off]
2 clean with some chemical process [syn: wash]
3 rinse one's mouth and throat with mouthwash; "gargle with this liquid" [syn: gargle]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (US) IPA: /rɪns/
  • Rhymes: -ɪns


  1. To wash something quickly using water and no soap.
    You'd better rinse that stain before putting the shirt in the washing machine.
  2. To remove soap from something using water.
    Rinse the dishes after you wash them.
    • (both senses also with out or off)
    Rinse out that cup.
    Rinse off that plate.


to wash something quickly using water and no soap
to remove soap from something using water


  1. The action of rinsing.
    I'll just give this knife a quick rinse.
  2. Any hair dye.
    I had a henna rinse yesterday.


the action of rinsing
hair dye

Extensive Definition

Rinse may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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