Main definitions of bath in US English:

: bath1bath2Bath3

bath1

noun

  • 1An act or process of immersing and washing one's body in a large container of water.

    ‘she took a long, hot bath’
    • ‘Finally, Cathena gets her hot bath, soaking to her chin in the steamy water.’
    • ‘Still confused from the concussion, Jake really wants to take a bath.’
    • ‘Elizabeth, after finishing her bath, continued to dress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The crisis was so grave that no baths were allowed and toilets were only flushed when essential.’
    • ‘Give your child a daily bath with soap and warm water.’
    • ‘Get a manicure, do some yoga, or enjoy a luscious aromatherapy bath.’
    • ‘I got to go to a nice clean toilet, have a bath, get fed properly and that sort of stuff.’
    • ‘Getting up early in the morning will also give you enough time to enjoy your bath.’
    • ‘Go home, have a bath and wash your hair.’
    • ‘Start to relax an hour before bedtime with a hot bath or your favorite music.’
    • ‘She left the bed and went into the bathroom to start her bath.’
    • ‘I finished my bath just as the doorbell rang.’
    • ‘Some women were taking baths in the hot springs, laughing and playing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was given a scented bath before sunrise to wash the filth from his body.’
    • ‘I would have to run home from school on the days I knew I could take a bath.’
    wash, soak, dip, shower, douche, soaping, sponging, toilet
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    1. 1.1 A container of water and its contents; a bathtub.
      ‘he lay thinking in the bath’
      • ‘He goes hysterical when I even wash his face in the bath, and if water gets in his hair it is even worse.’
      • ‘‘All I want to do now is go home and lay in the bath for a week,’ he said.’
      • ‘He enjoys being in the bath as he likes water and tends to splash a lot.’
      • ‘Downstairs, there is even a jacuzzi in the bath and a sauna.’
      • ‘Don't stay in the bath or shower too long, and use lukewarm water.’
      • ‘I stripped off and got in the bath, laid back and let the water begin its magic of revivifying me.’
      • ‘At twenty-five past six I turned on the hot water in the bath, and covertly swallowed a small glass of brandy.’
      • ‘I did notice a few soapy bubbles in the bath but figured a quick rinse with the shower head would be sufficient.’
      • ‘The plug got stuck in the bath so we couldn't use the shower, the shower rail fell down, and the telephone broke.’
      • ‘Your child should stay no more than 15 minutes in the bath or shower, and keep the water temperature lukewarm.’
      • ‘Six to eight drops of Eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects in winter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Asmodeus laid in the bath submerging herself in a deep pool of water, her eyes closed in concentration.’
      • ‘She put the stopper in the bath and began to fill it with lukewarm water.’
      • ‘She must have fallen asleep in the bath, because the next thing she knew, the water was cold and the room was empty.’
      • ‘Birds will notice the water in the bath as they go to the feeder.’
      • ‘Alora lay there in the bath, thinking about what Mark had said, and trying not to let it trouble her.’
      • ‘The Body Wash works just as well in the bath or shower.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We didn't have a plug in the bath, and the shower attachment couldn't be… attached.’
      bathtub, tub, hot tub
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    2. 1.2usually baths A public establishment offering bathing facilities.
      • ‘The public baths, with their pool, were comparatively modest for so important a town.’
      • ‘However, O'Connell - whose family owned the public baths in the area - has sold out and plans to leave the neighbourhood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first public baths, built by the Romans, is now a pile of rubble in a rundown district on the Danube's west bank.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The 140-year-old landmark, initially built for use as public baths, was reduced to a pile of rubble over the Christmas period.’
      • ‘Dating from 1846, the building contained public baths and wash houses, an important amenity and social focus in the Victorian East End.’
      • ‘For general bathing, people used the public baths but shied away from the communal washing areas, which had a stigma attached to them.’
      • ‘Observant readers may have noticed that, five years later, there are only two public baths open, and that's on a good day.’
      • ‘There were three pools in Silchester Road public baths and wash-house.’
      • ‘Admission to the baths and swimming pool for adults is 8,000 won and for children, 7,000 won’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘People flocked to the baths and open-air swimming pools, and at the Lido in Bradford's Lister Park the attendance was 2,871.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The Romans actually were quite good at public health facilities with their public baths and aqueducts and paved streets.’
    3. 1.3baths A resort with a mineral spring used for medical treatment.
      • ‘We check in, and head off en masse for the mud spring baths.’
      • ‘Moctezuma, after his battle, was accustomed to dip in the thermal baths of this place and rest.’
      • ‘The Sofia Public Mineral Baths was designed in the Vienna Secession style, but integrating typically Bulgarian, Byzantine and Eastern Orthodox ornamental elements.’
      • ‘So, after days spent duelling and fighting, I was able to go back and soak in warm mineral baths overlooking the magnificent Tuscan countryside.’
      • ‘The mineral baths consist of individual tubs with a dressing area attached.’
    4. 1.4North American A bathroom.
      • ‘Then came the downstairs bath and kitchen remodel, for which Raquel agonized over everything from faucets to light switch plates.’
      • ‘Our party space was maybe 550 square feet - which included the kitchen and a half bath.’
      • ‘Here, we see chrome used first in the places you'd most expect to find it: the kitchen and the bath.’
      • ‘A Miami housing tour, education sessions, and exhibitions highlight the best in luxury kitchens and baths.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Use bath and kitchen fans sparingly when the air conditioner is operating to avoid pulling warm, moist air into your home.’
      • ‘Experts say the most popular home improvement projects are room additions, sprucing up the kitchen and updating the bath.’
      • ‘For high-moisture areas, like kitchens and baths or where frequent cleaning is required, use only oil-based.’
      • ‘There also are 32 pavilion suites for trainers with living rooms, kitchens, and private baths.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Buyers are drawn by their locations, their detailing, or their affordability - and turned off by their modest kitchens, baths, and master suites.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 apartments themselves were nice and homey, consisting of two bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen and living/dining area.’
      • ‘And, the Gablers only recently remodeled the bath and gutted the kitchen.’
      • ‘It was mainly carpeted and had two bedrooms, a bath, a kitchen, a small dining area, and a living room.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They work well in kitchens, baths, and on doors and trim.’
      • ‘The increase in spending on home improvement isn't limited to kitchen and baths, although, as always, those jobs are leading the way.’
    5. 1.5with modifier A container holding a liquid or other substance in which something is immersed, typically when undergoing a process such as film developing.
      • ‘Or the items have been soaked in fresh water and chemical baths to leech out the saltwater that threatens to destroy them.’
      • ‘Great care should be practiced to prevent the potential hazard of accumulating liquid oxygen in the liquid nitrogen bath.’
      • ‘After processing in this bath, the film is clear where the developed silver was and white where the remaining silver halide is.’
      • ‘This is a long and complicated process involving acid baths and tubs of water.’
      • ‘The next day the coated print is put into a bath of chemicals and water and allowed to soak.’
      • ‘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.’

verb

[with object]British
  • Wash (someone) while immersing him or her in a container of water.

    ‘how to bath a baby’
    • ‘Decide on a bedtime routine - such as feed your baby, bath her, then settle her in bed.’
    • ‘He cleaned the cat's litter box and bathed the dog.’
    • ‘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 boys were staying for the evening whilst Grandma and Ana went back to the hospital and they insisted on helping out with bathing him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During that time she had to re-learn basic skills such as bathing her baby.’
    • ‘Afterwards it was lovely because she came and did the ironing and cooked us dinner and helped bath the boys.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His wife Angela was upstairs bathing the children at their home.’
    • ‘I would come home from school, feed her, bath her and put her to bed before doing my homework.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So I dry him off as best I can and then have to bath him when he gets home.’
    • ‘He fetched the man's wife who was bathing his sister.’
    • ‘She told me that she needed to get one too and wanted to know if I could bath her before I took mine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While I'm bathing Jessica for bed, Lee is downstairs reading Hannah a story before her bedtime half-an-hour later.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You will need time to clean and handle your pet as well as feed him, bath him and take him to the vets.’
    give ... a bath, wash, clean, soak, douche, soap
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Phrases

  • take a bath

    • informal Suffer a heavy financial loss.

      • ‘As usual, this big shot walked away with a slick profit and a wink, while small investors and company employees took 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

bath

/baTH//bæθ/

Main definitions of bath in US English:

: bath1bath2Bath3

bath2

noun

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

    • ‘The ephah was a dry measure, and the bath a liquid measure, containing about seven gallons, four pints, or three pecks, three pints.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 Bath, equal to 72 Logs, is thus the liquid equivalent of the Ephah, also equal to 72 Logs.’

Origin

From Hebrew baṯ.

Pronunciation

bath

/baTH//bæθ/

Main definitions of bath in US English:

: bath1bath2Bath3

Bath3

proper noun

  • A city in southwestern 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

/bæθ//baTH/