• WordNet 3.6
    • n lavation the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lavation A washing or cleansing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lavation A washing or cleansing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lavation a washing or cleansing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lavatio,: cf. OF. lavation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. laver—L. lavāre, -ātum; Gr. louein, to wash.


In literature:

Lavater, the well known author of Essays on Physiognomy, appears to have been born seventeen years before the birth of Gall.
"Thoughts on Man" by William Godwin
Owing to new experiments, he had made enormous strides beyond the science of Gall and Lavater.
"The Mystery of the Yellow Room" by Gaston Leroux
Besides, the Count's sentiments relative to the French Revolution, agreeing with Lavater's, must have ensured his applause.
"Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark" by Mary Wollstonecraft
He was a student of Lavater, and prided himself on his perspicuity in reading character.
"The Mystery of a Hansom Cab" by Fergus Hume
Lavater, and my head and face, have misled you.
"The Kellys and the O'Kellys" by Anthony Trollope
Lavater had early drawn the attention of the world to himself.
"The Youth of Goethe" by Peter Hume Brown
Prefixed to the second volume is a letter from Lavater to the editor, with the editor's reply.
"Notes and Queries, Number 184, May 7, 1853" by Various
"Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art, (Vol. 2 of 3)" by Shearjashub Spooner
The boy's countenance was a direct lie to Lavater; his air was heavy, and absolutely without intelligence.
"Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808" by Lt-Col. Pinkney
Delormel, Descartes, and Lavater were struck with the tremendous importance of the doctrine of Palingenesis.
"Reincarnation" by Th. Pascal
Upon such a character the most casual observer pronounces with the decision of a Lavater.
"The Works of William Hogarth: In a Series of Engravings" by John Trusler
This was a masked ball, and young Lavater, then in England, was with them.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
That would, I suggested, go something beyond Lavater's physiognomical skill.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847" by Various
What a moment for Pythagoras or Lavater!
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
The varied expressions of his countenance would have been a study to a Lavater.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 1 January 1848" by Various
That would, I suggested, go something beyond Lavater's physiognomical skill.
"Clairvoyance" by Charles Webster Leadbeater
Nothing was read, for a considerable period, but the pages of Lavater.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 364, February 1846" by Various
The best I have seen are those of Schiller, Gluck, and Lavater.
"Visits and Sketches at Home and Abroad with Tales and Miscellanies Now First Collected" by Anna Jameson
One of his schoolmates there was Lavater, with whom he formed an intimate friendship.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3" by Various
That, I added, would certainly go even beyond Lavater's power to read faces.
"Modern Magic" by Maximilian Schele de Vere