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English noun: backwash

1. backwash (phenomenon) the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller

Synonymsairstream, race, slipstream, wash

Broader (hypernym)flow

2. backwash (phenomenon) the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)

SamplesThe aftermath of war.
In the wake of the accident no one knew how many had been injured.

Synonymsaftermath, wake

Broader (hypernym)consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot

3. backwash (event) the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward

SamplesThe motorboat's wake capsized the canoe.


Broader (hypernym)moving ridge, wave

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