dry cleaning

the act of cleaning (fabrics) with a solvent other than water
Derivationally related forms: ↑dry clean
Hypernyms: ↑cleaning, ↑cleansing, ↑cleanup

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: the cleansing of fabrics with substantially nonaqueous organic solvents (as petroleum naphtha or chlorinated hydrocarbons) to which special detergents or soaps are often added — compare wet cleaning

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dry-cleaning, adj.
1. the cleaning of garments, fabrics, draperies, etc., with any of various chemicals rather than water.
2. garments for cleaning in this way.

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dry cleaning,
1. the cleaning of cloth with little or no water, using liquids such as naphtha or benzine.
2. clothes or other articles that have been dry-cleaned: »

to pick up some dry cleaning.

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noun [noncount]
1 : the process of cleaning cloth with special chemicals instead of water

Dry cleaning is recommended.

a dry-cleaning shop [=a shop that does dry cleaning]

2 : clothing or cloth items that have been dry-cleaned

I can pick up the dry cleaning on my way home.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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