Main definitions of bath in English

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noun

  • 1A large container for water, used for immersing and washing the body.

    ‘the bedrooms have their own bath and shower’
    ‘he lay in the bath’
    • ‘I sagged back in the bath and took a breath, hearing water dripping in the silence, a mist rising from the surface into the freezing air.’
    • ‘Alora lay there in the bath, thinking about what Mark had said, and trying not to let it trouble her.’
    • ‘We didn't have a plug in the bath, and the shower attachment couldn't be… attached.’
    • ‘Your child should stay no more than 15 minutes in the bath or shower, and keep the water temperature lukewarm.’
    • ‘At twenty-five past six I turned on the hot water in the bath, and covertly swallowed a small glass of brandy.’
    • ‘Birds will notice the water in the bath as they go to the feeder.’
    • ‘The Body Wash works just as well in the bath or shower.’
    • ‘He goes hysterical when I even wash his face in the bath, and if water gets in his hair it is even worse.’
    • ‘I stripped off and got in the bath, laid back and let the water begin its magic of revivifying me.’
    • ‘I did notice a few soapy bubbles in the bath but figured a quick rinse with the shower head would be sufficient.’
    • ‘She turned on the shower and stepped in the bath, the water was warm and refreshing, unlike her water at the apartment which was always cold.’
    • ‘Don't stay in the bath or shower too long, and use lukewarm water.’
    • ‘She put the stopper in the bath and began to fill it with lukewarm water.’
    • ‘Asmodeus laid in the bath submerging herself in a deep pool of water, her eyes closed in concentration.’
    • ‘She must have fallen asleep in the bath, because the next thing she knew, the water was cold and the room was empty.’
    • ‘He enjoys being in the bath as he likes water and tends to splash a lot.’
    • ‘‘All I want to do now is go home and lay in the bath for a week,’ he said.’
    • ‘Downstairs, there is even a jacuzzi in the bath and a sauna.’
    • ‘The plug got stuck in the bath so we couldn't use the shower, the shower rail fell down, and the telephone broke.’
    • ‘Six to eight drops of Eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects in winter.’
    bathtub, tub, hot tub
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    1. 1.1 An act or process of immersing and washing one's body in the water held by a bath.
      ‘she took a long, hot bath’
      • ‘There is a library, a kitchen if you want to help with dinner, a bathroom for taking baths, and a couple of bedrooms if you want to take a quick rest.’
      • ‘Elizabeth, after finishing her bath, continued to dress.’
      • ‘She left the bed and went into the bathroom to start her bath.’
      • ‘Getting up early in the morning will also give you enough time to enjoy your bath.’
      • ‘I finished my bath just as the doorbell rang.’
      • ‘Finally, Cathena gets her hot bath, soaking to her chin in the steamy water.’
      • ‘Get a manicure, do some yoga, or enjoy a luscious aromatherapy bath.’
      • ‘He used to pay a means-tested fee of £3.45 for a home help to come to his home twice a week to assist him in having a bath and to clean and tidy his home.’
      • ‘Give your child a daily bath with soap and warm water.’
      • ‘There was a time when all you needed for a fully satisfying bath were water, soap, bath-mat and towel, and maybe a chunk of pumicestone for getting off the real dirt.’
      • ‘Still confused from the concussion, Jake really wants to take a bath.’
      • ‘I longed for a bath, clean linen and a bed - any kind of bed that would allow me to stretch and relax.’
      • ‘There's nothing like a nice hot bath on a cold winter's day.’
      • ‘He was given a scented bath before sunrise to wash the filth from his body.’
      • ‘Start to relax an hour before bedtime with a hot bath or your favorite music.’
      • ‘I got to go to a nice clean toilet, have a bath, get fed properly and that sort of stuff.’
      • ‘Some women were taking baths in the hot springs, laughing and playing.’
      • ‘The crisis was so grave that no baths were allowed and toilets were only flushed when essential.’
      • ‘I would have to run home from school on the days I knew I could take a bath.’
      • ‘Go home, have a bath and wash your hair.’
      wash, soak, dip, shower, douche, soaping, sponging, toilet
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    2. 1.2usually bathsBritish A building containing a public swimming pool or washing facilities.
      ‘he told them to meet him at the baths’
      ‘they expected me to use the public baths’
      • ‘From the Greco-Roman town there are many public buildings, including seven gymnasia, administrative buildings, baths, and the agora.’
      • ‘I did as I was told (I usually do) and I'm now sat on a bench outside the public baths.’
      • ‘There were three pools in Silchester Road public baths and wash-house.’
      • ‘People flocked to the baths and open-air swimming pools, and at the Lido in Bradford's Lister Park the attendance was 2,871.’
      • ‘Pensioners in Bradford may be able to enjoy free swimming facilities at Corporation baths soon.’
      • ‘Groups of young children can regularly be seen attending swimming classes at the baths.’
      • ‘For general bathing, people used the public baths but shied away from the communal washing areas, which had a stigma attached to them.’
      • ‘Admission to the baths and swimming pool for adults is 8,000 won and for children, 7,000 won’
      • ‘Comparatively little is known of the colonia, but there were large public buildings, including baths, and private buildings with mosaics, attesting to prosperity of a provincial capital.’
      • ‘The Romans actually were quite good at public health facilities with their public baths and aqueducts and paved streets.’
      • ‘The first public baths, built by the Romans, is now a pile of rubble in a rundown district on the Danube's west bank.’
      • ‘However, O'Connell - whose family owned the public baths in the area - has sold out and plans to leave the neighbourhood.’
      • ‘If I remember rightly, we were simply divided into two groups - those who had been to a public baths before and those who hadn't.’
      • ‘Observant readers may have noticed that, five years later, there are only two public baths open, and that's on a good day.’
      • ‘Dating from 1846, the building contained public baths and wash houses, an important amenity and social focus in the Victorian East End.’
      • ‘The public baths, with their pool, were comparatively modest for so important a town.’
      • ‘Consider the decline and fall of the Romans, who considered hygiene so important that they subsidized the construction of magnificent public baths where men and women washed together.’
      • ‘Later, in the afternoon, Joe wandered to the stockyard, waited till security had passed, then jumped the wall and made his way towards the public baths.’
      • ‘The 140-year-old landmark, initially built for use as public baths, was reduced to a pile of rubble over the Christmas period.’
      • ‘With regard to the cost cutting, job losses and closures of public baths by City of York Council, has anyone put two and two together and realised why they are having to save money?’
    3. 1.3North American A bathroom.
      ‘people are spending more money on their kitchen and bath’
      • ‘With the types of wood and finishes available, a wood floor can be put in virtually any room in your house-even kitchens, baths, and utility rooms.’
      • ‘The main difference was one had a half bath, kind of bathroom which neither one of us liked, but a much nicer cabinet layout in the kitchen.’
      • ‘Our party space was maybe 550 square feet - which included the kitchen and a half bath.’
      • ‘Use bath and kitchen fans sparingly when the air conditioner is operating to avoid pulling warm, moist air into your home.’
      • ‘It was huge, ten bedrooms, three baths, a huge kitchen, elegant dining room, it was the home little girls dreamed of, or at least the ones that she grew up with.’
      • ‘For high-moisture areas, like kitchens and baths or where frequent cleaning is required, use only oil-based.’
      • ‘If you are going to stay in your home while work is being done, talk to your contractor about how critical areas like the kitchen and baths will be handled.’
      • ‘The house in Houston will include guest suites with private baths, communal kitchen, living and dining rooms, a library, a family room and a manager's office.’
      • ‘It was mainly carpeted and had two bedrooms, a bath, a kitchen, a small dining area, and a living room.’
      • ‘A Miami housing tour, education sessions, and exhibitions highlight the best in luxury kitchens and baths.’
      • ‘There also are 32 pavilion suites for trainers with living rooms, kitchens, and private baths.’
      • ‘Here, we see chrome used first in the places you'd most expect to find it: the kitchen and the bath.’
      • ‘Then came the downstairs bath and kitchen remodel, for which Raquel agonized over everything from faucets to light switch plates.’
      • ‘Experts say the most popular home improvement projects are room additions, sprucing up the kitchen and updating the bath.’
      • ‘And, the Gablers only recently remodeled the bath and gutted the kitchen.’
      • ‘The increase in spending on home improvement isn't limited to kitchen and baths, although, as always, those jobs are leading the way.’
      • ‘Buyers are drawn by their locations, their detailing, or their affordability - and turned off by their modest kitchens, baths, and master suites.’
      • ‘They work well in kitchens, baths, and on doors and trim.’
      • ‘The apartments themselves were nice and homey, consisting of two bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen and living/dining area.’
      • ‘Add one or two topper fabrics to your tables, layer several towels over each other in your bath and kitchen, add a valance to your window treatments.’
    4. 1.4with modifier A container holding a liquid in which something is immersed, typically when undergoing a process such as film developing.
      • ‘This is a long and complicated process involving acid baths and tubs of water.’
      • ‘Great care should be practiced to prevent the potential hazard of accumulating liquid oxygen in the liquid nitrogen bath.’
      • ‘The next day the coated print is put into a bath of chemicals and water and allowed to soak.’
      • ‘Or the items have been soaked in fresh water and chemical baths to leech out the saltwater that threatens to destroy them.’
      • ‘Leaves were mounted on a Perspex holder with their lower edge touching a reservoir of dilute nutrient solution that also contained the reference bath electrode.’
      • ‘After processing in this bath, the film is clear where the developed silver was and white where the remaining silver halide is.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]British
  • 1Wash (someone) while immersing them in a bath.

    ‘how to bath a baby’
    • ‘She told me that she needed to get one too and wanted to know if I could bath her before I took mine.’
    • ‘You will need time to clean and handle your pet as well as feed him, bath him and take him to the vets.’
    • ‘Afterwards it was lovely because she came and did the ironing and cooked us dinner and helped bath the boys.’
    • ‘His wife Angela was upstairs bathing the children at their home.’
    • ‘He fetched the man's wife who was bathing his sister.’
    • ‘I would come home from school, feed her, bath her and put her to bed before doing my homework.’
    • ‘During that time she had to re-learn basic skills such as bathing her baby.’
    • ‘Wendy had to show Hendry how to feed, wind and bath the baby and left him alone with her only if she went shopping.’
    • ‘The last hospital I worked at had castile soap in a huge pump bottle from which we dispensed little cups for the parents to bath their children.’
    • ‘That parents-to-be should have some awareness of not just how to change a nappy and bath the baby but that talking to the child and interacting with them is just as important.’
    • ‘You know she had to bring me meals in bed, had to bath me, get me dressed, all the stuff that you take for granted, when you have a stroke you can't do those things anymore.’
    • ‘So I dry him off as best I can and then have to bath him when he gets home.’
    • ‘The boys were staying for the evening whilst Grandma and Ana went back to the hospital and they insisted on helping out with bathing him.’
    • ‘Decide on a bedtime routine - such as feed your baby, bath her, then settle her in bed.’
    • ‘I went to parenting classes and learnt how to bath a baby and how to change its nappy, but I never really thought about what happened after the baby came out and was placed on my belly for me to gaze at adoringly.’
    • ‘I have to bath my children twice a day, give them antibiotics and put ointment on the wounds.’
    • ‘He and the father had known each other all their lives and he had helped to care for her, giving her lifts, washing her hair and later on, bathing her.’
    • ‘He cleaned the cat's litter box and bathed the dog.’
    • ‘The only difficulty being I couldn't shower/wash/swim/bathe for six hours so I had to bath my poor son while wearing rubber gloves.’
    • ‘While I'm bathing Jessica for bed, Lee is downstairs reading Hannah a story before her bedtime half-an-hour later.’
    • ‘All we want is a bath seat, so my sister and I can bath her, and, instead of Mum having to go to the hospital, I want the district nurse to come here.’
    1. 1.1no object Wash oneself while immersed in a bath.
      ‘there was no hot water to bath in’
      • ‘They dressed poorly - they don't bath for weeks, but they have mobiles.’
      • ‘It is not healthy, the children are dirty, we can not bath, the water we have we use for drinking.’
      • ‘A story is still told fondly by elders in the regions of how in those days people used to bath in milk in the rainy season.’
      • ‘A man who obviously could not afford water to bath in was a true peasant indeed.’
      • ‘They are very popular among the women as they love to bath with it and same goes with the children too.’
      • ‘Some unfortunates did, of course, have to bath for reasons of health.’
      • ‘He had taken a vow before his men that he would bath in the waters of the Mediterranean; the time was right to fulfill that vow.’
      • ‘And at times, they mistake the glitter of the metal for water in which to bath.’
      • ‘Normally, my chief though was to bath quickly and leave.’
      • ‘I can't wait to bath here, I thought to myself as I slowly followed the lazy creek.’
      • ‘At that spot, the spring widened and deepened into a pool just big enough for a person to bath in.’
      • ‘He has a cute little doll that he baths with but he tends to squish the head so the water comes squirting out of its ears instead of rocking it gently and washing its different body parts.’
      • ‘Initially, I hesitated to bath without clothes, which is normal in such bathing places.’
      • ‘So, you bath under a banana or shower within the buttress roots of a banyan.’
      • ‘She told me that the shower was broken and that I had to bath in the lake.’
      • ‘She remembered her father use to tease her about washing her skin away, and how he would bath once a month, using her dirty water and taking only ten minutes at most.’
      • ‘I shall certainly try importing as a text document, but at the weekend, because I really need to bath, pack and go to bed in preparation for my overnight trip to Liverpool.’
      • ‘The water provides us with food and drink, a place to bath and cleanse our belongings, and a way to relieve ourselves from the harsh heat.’
      • ‘At home I had to develop strategies to do everything: to get up in the morning, to bath, to shower, to dress.’
      • ‘These are the people that quite happily let me shower and bath with no hot water for 10 days, because they couldn't be bothered to fix a tap.’
      bathe, give a bath, have a bath, take a bath, wash, clean, soak, shower, douche, soap, freshen up
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Phrases

  • an early bath

    • informal Used in reference to the sending off of a sports player during a match.

      ‘the referee awarded a penalty and ordered an early bath for Thomas’
      • ‘In the story, the character was sent off during a match and takes an early bath.’
      • ‘On another occasion, the hot-headed midfielder could have been off for an early bath and he would have had few complaints.’
      • ‘No one dares answer back as Sam berates his stars and tells three of the players that they face an early bath and will not be playing in the second half.’
      • ‘As Harewood had already been cautioned for a challenge on Muscat, it was an early bath for the Hammers top scorer.’
      • ‘Thornton's Division Six home match against bottom-of-the-table St Josephs A only lasted ten minutes before referee Jason Woodman ordered both teams to take an early bath.’
      • ‘With fewer than 20 races to my name, if anyone was likely to have an early bath it didn't take much to work out who it would be.’
      • ‘I only realised what had happened when Walsh came over and suggested that I take an early bath.’
      • ‘After these two seasons he knows whether he is in for an early bath.’
      • ‘The diving play-actors, on whom referees have been instructed to clamp down, will draw scant consolation from that as they take an early bath.’
      • ‘Within seconds of the re-start Baronovski took exception to a decision from the referee and he too was on his way for an early bath.’
      • ‘Thomas hadn't sent anyone off in the Premier League this season, but it's a miracle only one player, got an early bath, such was the frequency of the cautions Thomas applied.’
      • ‘A penalty just over the halfway line was adjudged too far out with place kicker Forrest taking an early bath, so York had to kick for position before time was called.’
      • ‘After remonstrating with the referee, Ferguson made his way down the tunnel for an early bath.’
      • ‘And in those days, you had to go some to get a red card, unlike now when one fairly minor indiscretion can lead to an early bath.’
      • ‘It would also be a start to make sure no one else disappears for an early bath or draws a needless suspension before the summer.’
      • ‘He had to make contact with the ball or he could have been having an early bath.’
      • ‘Jones took an early bath concluding one of the shortest games in his career.’
      • ‘It was a very daft thing to do and if it was me, I would think about taking an early bath.’
      • ‘He might be right, but at the end of the day, might results be better if the manager hadn't promised to take an early bath before the end of the season?’
      • ‘A Sanders foul then saw him receive his second yellow and an early bath.’
  • take a bath

    • informal Suffer a heavy financial loss.

      ‘even though we got stuck in a rotten gold market, our readers didn't take a bath’
      • ‘They're taking a bath on their latest animated film, and considering the numbers, that's no surprise.’
      • ‘After all, should the share price of IBM plunge in the next half a year, you need not exercise your option, saving you from taking a bath.’
      • ‘As usual, this big shot walked away with a slick profit and a wink, while small investors and company employees took a bath.’
      • ‘It looks as if every kid in town is going splish, splash and the town's finances aren't even taking a bath.’
      • ‘You may already had read that the Florida state pension fund took a bath on Enron stock.’
      • ‘Hong Kong and China shares took a bath yesterday as investors reacted negatively to rumours of a near-term interest rate increase by Beijing and renewed unrest in the Middle East.’

Origin

Old English bæth, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bad and German Bad.

Pronunciation

bath

/bɑːθ/

Main definitions of bath in English

: bath1bath2Bath3

bath2

noun

  • An ancient Hebrew liquid measure equivalent to about 40 litres or 9 gallons.

    • ‘The equivalence values are based on the Old Testament use of bath as a liquid measurement.’
    • ‘The standard liquid measure in the Bible is the bath.’
    • ‘The ephah was a dry measure, and the bath a liquid measure, containing about seven gallons, four pints, or three pecks, three pints.’
    • ‘The Bath, equal to 72 Logs, is thus the liquid equivalent of the Ephah, also equal to 72 Logs.’
    • ‘Ancient pottery, closely corresponding to our above figure, has been found in Tell Beit Mirsim that is marked "bath'' and has a capacity of about 5 gallons.’

Origin

From Hebrew baṯ.

Pronunciation

bath

/baθ/

Main definitions of bath in English

: bath1bath2Bath3

Bath3

proper noun

  • A city in SW England; population 81,600 (est. 2009). Bath was founded by the Romans, who called it Aquae Sulis, and was a fashionable spa in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Pronunciation

Bath

/bɑːθ/