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

  • n. A basin that can be filled with water for use in washing oneself. Also called washbasin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a sink in a bathroom, connected to a supply of water and a drain, in which one may wash one's face and hands
  • n. a basin for washing the face and hands; a washbasin or wash-hand basin ((UK))

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A basin, or bowl, to hold water for washing one's hands, face, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large bowl or basin used for washing the hands, face, etc.
  • n. A wash-tub.

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

  • n. a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face
  • n. a basin for washing the hands (`wash-hand basin' is a British expression)


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  • In the bottom of the washbowl was the stain of a dark brown liquid.

    Cap'n Abe, Storekeeper

  • A regular sink was on the wall next to an industrial toilet, but there was also a potbellied stove in the corner next to a floor-stand mirror and a porcelain washbowl that seemed as if it had been relocated from the 1800s.

    Surrender the Dark

  • He accepted the towel and laid it against the porcelain washbowl, watching the nightgown slide up and over the top of the shower curtain.

    Surrender the Dark

  • She watched him as he withdrew and went back into the bathroom to collect the porcelain washbowl, then filled it with warm water and soap, returning to kneel before her and place her feet one by one into the warm suds.

    Surrender the Dark

  • However there was no time for nonsense, and having resolved when I came to do everything I was bid, I drowned my scruples in my washbowl . . .

    Louisa May Alcott

  • But he stood firm, emotionless in his expression, and turned to face Husseini, who picked up a ceremonial washbowl with a candle from the altar.


  • Not even Armethalieh's magic could provide a washbowl that rilled with hot or cold water on command and emptied itself besides-and the best thing was, he suspected it was all done without an ounce of magic!

    Tran Siberian

  • There are plenty of rumours swirling around the Wesminster washbowl, but two are worth pulling out in particular.

    Reshuffle and resignation rumours

  • Plenty of Tory reshuffle speculation swirling around the Westminster washbowl today, but this from Ben Brogan is worth highlighting:

    Reshuffle rumours ahoy!

  • * It was said that the ladies represented twenty-six different nationalities, each with her own washbowl emblazoned with her national flag.

    The Last Empress


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