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To Rinse. v.a. [from rein, German, pure, clear.]

  1. To wash; to cleanse by washing.

                    This last costly treaty
    Swallow'd so much treasure, and like a glass
    Did break i' th' rinsing.
    Shakesp. Henry VIII.

    Whomsoever he toucheth, and hath not rinsed his hands in water, he shall be unclean. Lev. xv. 11.

  2. To wash the soap out of cloaths.

    They cannot boil, nor wash, nor rinse, they say,
    With water sometimes ink and sometimes whey,
    According as you meet with mud or clay,

Sources: Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62) · King, William (13) · The Bible - Leviticus (13)

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