Definition of


  1. (noun, event) the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward
  2. (noun, phenomenon) the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)
    in the wake of the accident no one knew how many had been injured
  3. (noun, phenomenon) the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller

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Synonyms of Backwash

aftermath, airstream, race, slipstream, wake, wash

Alternate forms of Backwash

Hypernyms: consequence, effect, event, flow, issue, moving ridge, outcome, result, upshot, wave

Origin of the word Backwash

  1. 1876, Motion of a receeding wave," from back + wash. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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