Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of soaking or cleansing the body, as in water or steam.
  • n. The water used for cleansing the body.
  • n. A bathtub.
  • n. A bathroom.
  • n. A building equipped for bathing.
  • n. A resort providing therapeutic baths; a spa. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A liquid in which something is dipped or soaked for processing: immersed the metal in an acid bath.
  • n. A container holding such a liquid: emptied the bath of dye.
  • n. A medium, such as oil or sand, that controls the temperature of objects placed in it.
  • n. A container holding such a medium.
  • n. An ancient Hebrew unit of liquid measure, equal to about 38 liters (10 U.S. gallons).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tub or pool which is used for bathing: bathtub.
  • n. A room or area where bathing occurs: bathroom.
  • n. The act of bathing.
  • n. A substance or preparation into which something is immersed.
  • v. To wash a person or animal in a bath
  • n. An ancient Hebrew unit of liquid volume measure, equal to an ephah and to one-tenth of a homer, and approximately equal to 22 litres.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of exposing the body, or part of the body, for purposes of cleanliness, comfort, health, etc., to water, vapor, hot air, or the like.
  • n. Water or other liquid for bathing.
  • n. A receptacle or place where persons may immerse or wash their bodies in water.
  • n. A building containing an apartment or a series of apartments arranged for bathing.
  • n. A medium, as heated sand, ashes, steam, hot air, through which heat is applied to a body.
  • n. A solution in which plates or prints are immersed; also, the receptacle holding the solution.
  • n. A Hebrew measure containing the tenth of a homer, or five gallons and three pints, as a measure for liquids; and two pecks and five quarts, as a dry measure.
  • n. A city in the west of England, resorted to for its hot springs, which has given its name to various objects.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A washing of the body in, or an exposure of it to the action of, water or other fluid agent, for cleansing, refreshment, medical treatment, etc.: as, to take a bath; to administer a bath to a patient.
  • n. A provision or arrangement for bathing: as, to prepare a bath; a hot or cold bath; a vapor-bath; an electric bath.
  • n. A vessel for holding water in which to plunge, wash, or bathe the body.
  • n. More generally, an apartment or apparatus by means of which the body, or a part of it, may be bathed in any medium differing in nature or temperature from its natural medium.
  • n. An edifice containing apartments fitted up for bathing; a bath-house; particularly, in the plural, one of the elaborate bathing establishments of the ancients, as the Baths of Caracalla at Rome. See thermœ.
  • n. In science and the arts, any vessel containing a liquid for treating any object by immersion.
  • n. An arrangement or preparation for immersing anything, as the silver-bath in photography.
  • n. In chem., an apparatus for modifying and regulating the heat in various chemical processes, by interposing a quantity of sand, water, or other substance between the fire and the vessel intended to be heated.
  • To put into a bath; wash in a bath.
  • n. A Hebrew liquid measure = 72 logs = 6 hins = cor, and corresponding to the dry measure the ephah = 72 logs = 18 cabs = 3 saths = cor.
  • n. In electricity, the solution in which electrochemical action takes place, as in electroplating, electrotyping, electrometallurgy, etc.
  • n. Same as bath-flower.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. you soak and wash your body in a bathtub
  • n. a town in southwestern England on the River Avon; famous for its hot springs and Roman remains
  • n. an ancient Hebrew liquid measure equal to about 10 gallons
  • n. a relatively large open container that you fill with water and use to wash the body
  • v. clean one's body by immersion into water
  • n. a room (as in a residence) containing a bathtub or shower and usually a washbasin and toilet
  • n. a vessel containing liquid in which something is immersed (as to process it or to maintain it at a constant temperature or to lubricate it)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English bæth.
Hebrew bat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English bæþ ("bath"), from Proto-Germanic *baþan (“bath”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhe- (“to warm”). Cognate with Dutch bad ("bath"), German Bad ("bath"), Danish bad ("bath"), Icelandic bað ("bath"), German bähen ("to foment"). More at beath. (Wiktionary)
From Hebrew בַּת (bath). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • (Fr. colloq.) Great, smashing.

    May 16, 2008