Definitions

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

  • n. A room equipped with washing and often toilet facilities; a bathroom.
  • n. A washbowl or basin, especially one permanently installed with running water.
  • n. A flush toilet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bathroom; a washroom; a room containing a toilet.
  • n. A facility for washing hands; a basin.
  • n. A toilet, a water closet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Washing, or cleansing by washing.
  • n. A place for washing.
  • n. A basin or other vessel for washing in.
  • n. A wash or lotion for a diseased part.
  • n. A place where gold is obtained by washing.
  • n. A room containing one or more sinks for washing, as well as one or more toilet fixtures; also called bathroom, toilet, and sometimes commode. Commode and toilet may refer to a room with only a toilet fixture, but without a sink.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Washing, or cleansing by washing.
  • n. A room or place for washing, or where anything is washed.
  • n. A sort of concave stone table upon which, in the middle ages, dead bodies were washed before burial, in monasteries, hospitals, and elsewhere.
  • n. In medicine, a wash or lotion for a diseased part.
  • n. The ceremonial washing of the hands of the priest in the celebration of the holy communion.
  • n. In plumbing, a permanent wash-bowl of marble, enameled iron, or porcelain, fitted with hot and cold-water pipes, a waste-pipe, and other conveniences and fixtures. It may be affixed to a wall or stand upon the floor.
  • n. A room, especially in a hotel or public building, provided with means for washing the hands and face, and often including a water-closet.

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

  • n. a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
  • n. a toilet that is cleaned of waste by the flow of water through it
  • n. a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face

Etymologies

Middle English, piscina, from Late Latin lavātōrium, from lavātor, launderer, from Latin lavāre, to wash; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin as if *lavatorius, from Late Latin lavator ("a clothes washer"), from lavō ("wash"); see lave. (Wiktionary)

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  • David Sedaris has a hilarious story about his adventures using the Stadium Pal. Yes people, the future is now!

    March 3, 2009

  • Well, at least you'd have a seat cushion.

    March 3, 2009

  • Peeing on a ShamWow seems somehow like poetic justice.

    But doing so in one's assigned seat? Eugh.

    March 3, 2009

  • Totally fake. They are flat, like cardboard but plump up like crazy when absorbing liquid.

    March 3, 2009

  • But they don't allow non-human animal matter either!

    Or do you refer to fake sponges?

    March 3, 2009

  • Orrrrrrr....ShamWow! A whole new market. Goody.

    March 3, 2009

  • What about those really, really flat sponges that absorb tons of water without leaking? You could stash a couple of those puppies in your pants and away you go!

    March 3, 2009

  • The solution is simple. People who may need to use a lavatory should simply not board the plane in the first place. That will eliminate (ha!!) the problem entirely and not involve plant matter.

    March 3, 2009

  • Somehow, rt, that appears to be an obstacle noone else in this discussion has considered.

    March 2, 2009

  • Sure, that'll work--as soon as they allow plant matter on planes. :-\

    March 2, 2009

  • Well, I'm no botanist, but perhaps a young citrus tree?

    Also, preferably something that could not be used as a weapon, the way a spiky, ouchy cactus could. You wouldn't want it confiscated at airport security.

    March 2, 2009

  • Any better ideas?

    March 2, 2009

  • What if other people follow your lead? A succulent doesn't need much water, an entire planeful of passengers could drown it.

    March 2, 2009

  • Silly bear. You take the cactus out of your carry-on bag and put it innocently next to the hacienda. When it's time to go, you walk nonchalantly down the aircraft aisle, hop over the horse trough, go across the street, behind the cactus and whizz on the pile of stones.

    March 2, 2009

  • A cactus? That could lead to some discomfort, especially on a turbulent flight.

    March 2, 2009

  • So... piss in your carry-on?

    March 2, 2009

  • Keep a cactus in your carry-on, that's what I always say.

    March 1, 2009

  • On the plane?

    March 1, 2009

  • Easy, just go behind a tree.

    February 28, 2009

  • Sure, they can charge to use the loo. Just wait till that one time someone really has to go and doesn't have the money. They'll stop charging pretty soon after that--once someone cleans it up.

    February 28, 2009

  • Somehow, the phrase "pissing in the wind" comes to mind -- I just can't seem to work it into a joke... (re: rt's post)

    February 28, 2009

  • Unbelievable. Someone's actually considering it.

    February 28, 2009

  • I never had the pleasure. Good to know, thanks.

    February 21, 2007

  • *Definitely* parochial schools!

    February 21, 2007

  • and parochial schools.

    February 21, 2007

  • I think this word is only ever used on airplanes (in the states, at least).

    February 21, 2007