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 History of this Word

"captive" is from "captivus", (prisoner), spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.

"retain" is from "retenir", spoken in France during 1000-1400 A.D.
which is from "retinere" (re-, back + tenere, to hold), spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.

"wash" is from "w?scan", spoken by people in England during 450-1100 A.D.

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grammar is noun

"captive washer" is a type of washer

Definition

captive washer illustration A washer attached to a fastener so it can not be separated. Usually manufactured from metal. Can be loosely attached or fixed.

Examples of how the word is used

captive washer illustration Screws with captive washers thread easily to save installation time.
captive washer illustration Remove the cover by unscrewing the four side screws, which have captivated washers.