Definition of Dry cleaning

1. Noun. The act of cleaning (fabrics) with a solvent other than water.

Generic synonyms: Cleaning, Cleansing, Cleanup
Derivative terms: Dry Clean

Definition of Dry cleaning

1. Noun. The process of cleaning clothes and other fabrics without using water, instead using solvents and specialized equipment. ¹

2. Verb. (present participle of dry clean) ¹

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dry cleaning (current term)
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Literary usage of Dry cleaning

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1915)
"There are two distinct cleaning processes, wet washing and dry cleaning. ... Many attempts have been made to discover a practical dry-cleaning or filtering ..."

2. Sanitary Entomology: The Entomology of Disease, Hygiene and Sanitation by William Dwight Pierce (1921)
"dry cleaning Uniforms and overcoats may be preferably dry cleaned rather than washed because of ... dry cleaning establishments exist in most large cities. ..."

3. The Judicial Dictionary, of Words and Phrases Judicially Interpreted: To by Frederick Stroud (1903)
"... (28) Dry-cleaning, Carpet-beating, and Bottle- washing Works. All these (except Nos. 10, 19, and 28) are provided with definitions by the Sch. NON-USER. ..."

4. Annual Record of Science and Industry for 1871-78 by Spencer Fullerton Baird (1875)
"... material is moist, allowing it to dry, and then simply brushing off the powder.—9 C, July, 1873, 109. dry cleaning WITH TURPENTINE AND ITS PURIFICATION. ..."

5. A Survey of Industrial Health-hazards and Occupational Diseases in Ohio by Ohio State Board of Health, Emery Roe Hayhurst (1915)
"dry cleaning. dry cleaning involves various chemical and mechanical ... dry cleaning was the chief process concerned in 25 establishments here reported. ..."

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