• (British) IPA: /ˈbæk.wɒʃ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈbæk.wɑʃ/


  1. (nautical) The backward flow of water from oars or propeller or breaking waves.
  2. The similar flow of air from an aircraft engine.
  3. The result or consequence of an event; an aftermath.
  4. The saliva, spit or food particles that have flowed back into a drink after someone has drunk from it.

backwash (backwashes, present participle backwashing; past and past participle backwashed)

  1. To operate a water filter in the reverse direction in order to clean it.
  2. (transitive) To affect with backwash.
  3. To clean the oil from wool after combing.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • Russian: последствие
  • German: Spuckschluck, Spuckrest, Uwe
  • Italian: sbavatura, salivazione

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