- a washing or immersion of something, especially the body, in water, steam, etc., as for cleansing or medical treatment: I take a bath every day. Give the dog a bath.
- a quantity of water or other liquid used for this purpose: running a bath.
- a container for water or other cleansing liquid, as a bathtub.
- a room equipped for bathing; bathroom: The house has two baths.
- a building containing rooms or apartments with equipment for bathing; bathhouse.
- Often baths. one of the elaborate bathing establishments of the ancients: the baths of Caracalla.
- Usually baths. a town or resort visited for medical treatment by bathing or the like; spa.
- a preparation, as an acid solution, in which something is immersed.
- the container for such a preparation.
- a device for controlling the temperature of something by the use of a surrounding medium, as sand, water, oil, etc.
- the depressed hearth of a steelmaking furnace.
- the molten metal being made into steel in a steelmaking furnace.
- the state of being covered by a liquid, as perspiration: in a bath of sweat.
- to wash or soak in a bath.
- take a bath, Informal. to suffer a large financial loss: Many investors are taking a bath on their bond investments.
Origin of bath1
- to immerse (all or part of the body) in water or some other liquid, for cleansing, refreshment, etc.
- to wet; wash.
- to moisten or suffuse with any liquid.
- to apply water or other liquid to, with a sponge, cloth, etc.: to bathe a wound.
- to wash over or against, as by the action of the sea, a river, etc.: incoming tides bathing the coral reef.
- to cover or surround: a shaft of sunlight bathing the room; a morning fog bathing the city.
- the act of bathing, especially in the sea, a lake, or a river.
- a swimming bath.
Origin of bathe
Examples from the Web for bathed
It is an advertising campaign, selling Dior and selling her, bathed in the false glow of intimacy.Celebrities, STFU About Your ‘Privacy’
September 24, 2014
And the rest of his policy ideas, even when right-leaning, were bathed in a soft, summer camp biblical glow.Happy Huckabee Gets Mad
May 6, 2014
But Still Walking is bathed in lovely summer light, and it floats on air.The Oscar International Film Festival: ‘Stranger By the Lake’ and Foreign Films You Should Watch
February 2, 2014
I was a student of masculinity from a very young age, (perhaps even as I bathed in a hormone cocktail in the womb).Five Books that Taught Me Something About Being a Man
January 28, 2014
Three and half days after his birth/death, I undressed my son, changed his nappy, bathed him, and dressed him in an outfit.Daily Beast Readers React to YouTube Stillborn Baby Memorials
November 12, 2013
He bathed in this imaginary future as in the waters of omnipotence.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Overhead is the starry sky, bathed in the pale radiance of the moon.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Angelique smiled, as she stood there, dazzled, and as if bathed in the springtide.The Dream
It was Beatriz, bathed in her blood, who fell at the feet of her frenzied lover.Calderon The Courtier
I had bathed and breakfasted, and was strolling on the bright quays.The Uncommercial Traveller
- a city in SW England, in Bath and North East Somerset unitary authority, Somerset, on the River Avon: famous for its hot springs; a fashionable spa in the 18th century; Roman remains, notably the baths; university (1966). Pop: 90 144 (2001)Latin name: Aquae Sulis (ˈækwiːˈsuːlɪs)
- (intr) to swim or paddle in a body of open water or a river, esp for pleasure
- (tr) to apply liquid to (skin, a wound, etc) in order to cleanse or soothe
- to immerse or be immersed in a liquidto bathe machine parts in oil
- mainly US and Canadian to wash in a bath
- (tr; often passive) to suffuseher face was bathed with radiance
- (tr) (of water, the sea, etc) to lap; washwaves bathed the shore
- British a swim or paddle in a body of open water or a river
- a large container, esp one made of enamelled iron or plastic, used for washing or medically treating the bodyRelated adjective: balneal
- the act or an instance of washing in such a container
- the amount of liquid contained in a bath
- run a bath to turn on the taps to fill a bath with water for bathing oneself
- (usually plural) a place that provides baths or a swimming pool for public use
- a vessel in which something is immersed to maintain it at a constant temperature, to process it photographically, electrolytically, etc, or to lubricate it
- the liquid used in such a vessel
- British to wash in a bath
- an ancient Hebrew unit of liquid measure equal to about 8.3 Imperial gallons or 10 US gallons
Word Origin and History for bathed
Old English bæð "immersing in water, mud, etc.," also "quantity of water, etc., for bathing," from Proto-Germanic *batham (cf. Old Norse bað, Middle Dutch bat, German bad), from PIE root *bhe- "to warm" (cf. Latin fovere "to foment") + Germanic *-thuz suffix indicating "act, process, condition" (cf. birth, death). Original sense was of heating, not immersing in water. The city in Somerset, England (Old English Baðun) was so called from its hot springs. Bath salts attested from 1875 (Dr. Julius Braun, "On the Curative Effects of Baths and Waters").
- The act of soaking or cleansing the body or any of its parts, as in water.
- The apparatus used in giving a bath.
- The fluid used to maintain the metabolic activities of an organism.