• WordNet 3.6
    • n toilet the act of dressing and preparing yourself "he made his morning toilet and went to breakfast"
    • n toilet a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
    • n toilet a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination
    • n toilet misfortune resulting in lost effort or money "his career was in the gutter","all that work went down the sewer","pensions are in the toilet"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The appliance that uses the most use of water in the home is the toilet
    • Toilet A covering of linen, silk, or tapestry, spread over a table in a chamber or a dressing room.
    • Toilet A dressing table.
    • Toilet Act or mode of dressing, or that which is arranged in dressing; attire; dress; as, her toilet is perfect.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Arthur Giblin was the inventor of the first "flushable" toilet
    • n toilet A room designed as a dressing-room, especially one provided with facilities for bathing; in a restricted sense, a bath-room or water-closet.
    • n toilet A cloth, generally of linen.
    • n toilet Hence An article made of linen or other Cloth. A cloth to be thrown over the shoulders during shaving or hair-dressing.
    • n toilet A cover for a dressing-table, or for the articles set upon it. Now called toilet-cover.
    • n toilet A bag or cloth case for holding clothing, etc.
    • n toilet Hence The articles, collectively, used in dressing, as a mirror, bottles, boxes, brushes, and combs, set upon the dressing-table; a toilet-service.
    • n toilet A dressing-table furnished with a mirror: more commonly called toilet-table.
    • n toilet The process of dressing; formerly, specifically, the dressing and powdering of the hair, during which women of fashion received callers.
    • n toilet The dress and make-up of a person; as, his toilet was not irreproachable; also, any particular costume: as, a toilet of white silk: in the last sense chiefly used by writers of “fashion articles.”
    • n toilet In surgery, the cleansing of the part after an operation, especially in the peritoneal cavity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 54.2% of us always wash our hands after using the toilet.
    • n Toilet toil′et a dressing-table with a mirror: also a cover for such a table: the whole articles used in dressing: mode or operation of dressing: the whole dress and appearance of a person, any particular costume
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  • Alicia Silverstone
    Alicia Silverstone
    “Like when I'm in the bathroom looking at my toilet paper, I'm like 'Wow! That's toilet paper?' I don't know if we appreciate how much we have.”
  • Billy Wilder
    Billy Wilder
    “France is the country where the money falls apart and you can't tear the toilet paper.”
  • Billy Wilder
    Billy Wilder
    “France is a place where the money falls apart in your hands but you cannot tear the toilet paper.”
  • Lewis Mumford
    “Today, the degradation of the inner life is symbolized by the fact that the only place sacred from interruption is the private toilet.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Any walk through a park that runs between a double line of mangy trees and passes brazenly by the ladies toilet is invariably known as Lover's Lane.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. toilette, dim. of toile, cloth. See Toil a net
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. toilette, dim. of toile, cloth; cf. Toil (1).


In literature:

Grandon makes a brief explanation, and questions if all toilets must be black.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
She jumped up immediately, and began a hasty toilet.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Now, pray, go to your room and make your toilet.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
At six o'clock Mr. Opp went up to make his toilet.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
Lavatories, bath and toilets are sometimes connected with a short piece of lead on the supply.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
Meanwhile Virginia had apparently forgotten all about him, eating and making her toilet for the night, as cheerful as usual.
"In Nesting Time" by Olive Thorne Miller
Artists have pictured such toilets, and poets have told of the toilet and the bath of Greek and Roman maidens of olden time.
"Chats on Household Curios" by Fred W. Burgess
All the toilet apparatus was put out of sight.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
Mrs. Oglethorpe had made her usual careful toilet.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Tom McHale reached Chakchak, stabled his horse, made a hasty toilet, and attacked a belated supper.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm

In poetry:

I lift the toilet seat
as if it were the nest of a bird
and I see cat tracks
all around the edge of the bowl.
"Surprise" by Richard Brautigan
My softest verse, my darling lyre,
Upon Euphelia's toilet lay;
When Cloe noted her desire,
That I should sing, that I should play.
"An Ode. The Merchant, To Secure" by Matthew Prior
Watch out for friends,
because when you betray them,
as you will,
they will bury their heads in the toilet
and flush themselves away.
"Admonitions To A Special Person" by Anne Sexton
the angel of death is not news
you failed in yr toilet training you dreamers
without identities
"Cleveland: The Rectal Eye Visions" by D A Levy
And the germs, deep down in darkness rooted,
Bubbled green from all thy million oilets,
Where the spirits, rain-and-sunbeam-suited,
Of the April made their whispering toilets,
Or within thy stately shadow footed.
"A Fallen Beech" by Madison Julius Cawein
But as them twain expressed their pain they heard a hearty cheer——
Behold the old rapscallion squattinn' in the duck pond near,
His silver whiskers singed away, a gosh-almighty wreck,
Wi' half a yard o' toilet seat entwined about his neck….
"The Three Bares" by Robert W Service

In news:

VANCOUVER, CANADA— A person daring enough may lick a toilet seat— and while many may think this is disgusting, a recent study showed a toilet seat hosts just as many germs as a food tray.
Keyboards can be up to five times dirtier than toilet seats, study found.
Monday's Ask the Experts: Toilet bowl acid and Formica .
She and other Starbucks workers and customers started Project Dominic to help with toothpaste, toilet paper, water and other supplies.
(AP) – A Minnesota caregiver convicted of grabbing an assisted-living resident off a toilet by his genitals has been sentenced to 45 days in jail.
I hate to tell you this, but it's worse than the toilet seat.
Conduct business on the toilet.
Joe the Plumber is going to the toilet and taking McCain with him.
Downing says, "It gets so detailed, it includes how much toilet paper is used during those two weeks".
Over the weekend, the Montana Republican Party proved wrong those of us who believe our political discourse has gone down the toilet.
University of California student Daniel Chong, who was forgotten in a tiny holding cell without food, water or a toilet for four days, has filed a $20 million claim against the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Second time, he has bits of toilet paper stuck in that area CAN I ADDRESS THIS.
Toothbrush-as-toilet scrubber sickens housemate, triggers police action.
The toothbrush-as-toilet-scrubber resolution to an argument may be a new frontier.
When Elmo hits the bottom of the bowl, the toilet thinks she pooped .

In science:

They would come in very early in the morning, get the coffee going, lock themselves in the conference room and work through the day taking only food and toilet breaks.
Phenomenology using lattice QCD
Detector chambers: Each chamber will be provided with toilet facilities, mop service basins, water coolers, eyewash and emergency shower stations. Domestic hot and cold water will be provided at each toilet room location.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake