lavatory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lavatory a toilet that is cleaned of waste by the flow of water through it
    • n lavatory a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
    • n lavatory a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face "he ran some water in the basin and splashed it on his face"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lavatory A basin or other vessel for washing in.
    • Lavatory A place for washing.
    • Lavatory A place where gold is obtained by washing.
    • Lavatory A room containing one or more sinks for washing, as well as one or more toilet fixtures; also called bathroom toilet, and sometimes commode. Commode and toilet may refer to a room with only a toilet fixture, but without a sink.
    • Lavatory A wash or lotion for a diseased part.
    • a Lavatory Washing, or cleansing by washing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lavatory Washing, or cleansing by washing.
    • n lavatory A room or place for washing, or where anything is washed.
    • n lavatory A sort of concave stone table upon which, in the middle ages, dead bodies were washed before burial, in monasteries, hospitals, and elsewhere.
    • n lavatory In medicine, a wash or lotion for a diseased part.
    • n lavatory The ceremonial washing of the hands of the priest in the celebration of the holy communion.
    • n lavatory In plumbing, a permanent wash-bowl of marble, enameled iron, or porcelain, fitted with hot and cold-water pipes, a waste-pipe, and other conveniences and fixtures. It may be affixed to a wall or stand upon the floor.
    • n lavatory A room, especially in a hotel or public building, provided with means for washing the hands and face, and often including a water-closet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lavatory a place for washing: a medieval stone table in monasteries, &c., on which bodies were washed before burial:
    • Lavatory (med.) a lotion for a diseased part
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Quotations

  • John Mortimer
    John Mortimer
    “When you get to my age life seems little more than one long march to and from the lavatory.”
  • Nancy Banks-Smith
    Nancy Banks-Smith
    “In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it's modern architecture.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lavatorium,: cf. lavatoire,. See Lave to wash, and cf. Laver
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. laver—L. lavāre, -ātum; Gr. louein, to wash.

Usage

In literature:

Beyond were lavatories, linen-room, house-maid's room and every requirement of a well-ordered home.
"Peggy Stewart at School" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
Two toilet rooms or lavatories should be provided.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
From the lavatory tower a covered passage leads into the great cloister, which can also be approached from a door in the north-west transept.
"The Cathedral Church of Canterbury [2nd ed.]." by Hartley Withers
Having completed his lavatory task, he throws soap and rag into the river; then, turning, strides back up the bank.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Before taking any action he would have to confirm what he had seen through the window of the lavatory.
"In the Control Tower" by Will Mohler
Our men have gained control of most of the immediate hallway and we have captured the lavatory from Captain Konevets!
"I Was a Teen-Age Secret Weapon" by Richard Sabia
I should have been pleased to see such lavatories in the Dutch schools too; then all would have been perfect.
"Holland, v. 1 (of 2)" by Edmondo de Amicis
The lavatory door had jammed, as doors will jam in earthquakes.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
In a kind of lavatory adjoining could be seen men washing their feet and doing oddities unmentionable preparatory to worship.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
The only furnishings were a folding cot with blanket, a wash bowl and lavatory.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
This is our lavatory.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
LAVATORY IN CLAUSTRO REAL.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
A door opened into a lavatory equipped with running water.
"The Solar Magnet" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
Back in his stateroom, the Captain went directly to the small lavatory, filled the washbowl, and plunged his face into the cold water.
"Decision" by Frank M. Robinson
In most cases washing facilities are only found in the lavatory, common to the whole floor.
"The Social Work of the Salvation Army" by Edwin Gifford Lamb
He turned to the lavatory.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
You had to pass through the rain, which still fell thick and resonant, to reach a lavatory on the other side of the court.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The sliding-door into the lavatory stirred a little, and then a little more, and was finally drawn back for the space of about twenty inches.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Even in the works where I was a pupil we had always had a little private lavatory to wash and change in.
"Aliens" by William McFee
I couldn't understand why until I came to a lavatory.
"The Old Die Rich" by Horace Leonard Gold
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In news:

Secret Service gun inadvertently left in Romney plane lavatory.
Secret Service gun inadvertently left in Romney plane lavatory .
When pilot is trapped in the lavatory .
Starling Tackles Bizliner Stateroom/ Lavatory in Kit Form.
Don't try to charge your phone in the lavatory.
Starling Tackles Bizliner Stateroom/Lavatory in Kit Form.
Starling Tackles Bizliner Stateroom /Lavatory in Kit Form.
Yes, that's a window in the lavatory.
With dome and roof replacement in full swing at the Kansas Statehouse, a lofty lavatory is turning heads.
They may want to re-evaluate pilot training over at Delta Airlines and spend a little more time on how to work the lavatory.
Purist Wading Pool Lavatory Sink.
A one year old learns to use the lavatory with her own special toilet seat.
Penguin brass lavatory faucet in polished chrome finish by Sustainable Solutions International.
Purist Wading Pool Lavatory Sink .
With the handle integrated into the body of the fixture, the Model 22-1.504 Standing Lavatory Mixer stands at 45 1/2 in.
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