One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bowl or other receptacle, typically attached to a wall in a public restroom, into which men may urinate.
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- ‘He stood at one of the two urinals in the lavatories, the one nearest the stairs.’
- ‘As far as Tom could tell, there was a urinal, a toilet, and a sink counter.’
- ‘In a darkened space, seven urinals lined one wall, each lit by a focused spotlight.’
- ‘We have males that use public streets as urinals.’
- ‘This would mean that individual sinks, urinals, and toilets would go out of order on a regular basis.’
- ‘The toilets were shut for refurbishment and reopened with steel urinals and toilet seats.’
- ‘The Men's Toilets is a small room, enough for three cubicles alongside one wall, and a row of urinals against the opposite wall.’
- ‘Many toilets now place reading matter above the urinal so that you don't even have to think about either eye contact or talking.’
- ‘This bathroom had several urinals and a row of bathroom stalls.’
- ‘The areas here lack motorable roads, decent footpaths, public urinals and toilets.’
- ‘The urinals in the restrooms have been the only peaceful places at this airport.’
- ‘They never use the urinals in men's toilets - only the cubicles.’
- ‘He noted the example of men using urinals in public restrooms: for a period of time they are in close proximity and must expose themselves.’
- ‘Nothing contributes more to perception of unclean restrooms than an unflushed urinal.’
- ‘The first thing customers see is a huge lavatory bowl flanked by two urinals.’
- ‘On the wall high above us are a pair of mounted metal urinals, along with a collection of old sewing machines and TV sets.’
- ‘Even the actual toilet cubicles featured mirroring, and the urinal was simply a spectacle to behold.’
- ‘From low-flow toilets to waterless urinals, technology is changing and improving water efficiency.’
- ‘I particularly remember the enormous urinal in the only restroom there at the back of the place.’
- ‘He ventured to ask the aid of the press to call the attention of the local authorities to the urgent need of providing public urinals in this immediate neighbourhood.’
Middle English (denoting a glass container for the medical inspection of urine): via Old French from Latin urinal, from urina (see urine).
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