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bathing-machine

[bey-th ing-muh-sheen] /ˈbeɪ ðɪŋ məˌʃin/
noun
1.
a small bathhouse on wheels formerly used as a dressing room and in which bathers could also be transported from the beach to the water.
Origin of bathing-machine
1765-1775
First recorded in 1765-75
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Examples from the Web for bathing machine
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  • There is some question as to what the term “bathing machine” describes.

  • How could he, where there was neither seclusion nor bathing machine?

  • Marie stood for a moment on the steps of the bathing machine in her blue and white costume, and looked up at the sun!

    A Bachelor Husband Ruby M. Ayres
  • Before I could reach my bathing machine, I was drenched through and through, I don't know where to, but long beyond the skin.

    Happy-Thought Hall F. C. Burnand
  • Barrett eventually lured Maitland into deep water, long past the bathing machine of adieu forevermore, as he called it.

    The Romance of His Life

    Mary Cholmondeley
  • There was a bathing machine near-by, and I thought it would be a jolly adventure to spend the rest of the night in it.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • I crept out of the bathing machine and dodged around it conveniently until the man had passed.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • Oh, dear, how I 'd like a commission to knock this old town into a bathing machine.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • This booth, about as large as the bathing machine common to our seaside resorts, was situate in the centre of the camp.

  • The bathing machine—in this case a device in which one changed clothes—was used where there was a gentle slope down to the water.

British Dictionary definitions for bathing machine

bathing machine

/ˈbeɪðɪŋ/
noun
1.
a small hut, on wheels so that it could be pulled to the sea, used in the 18th and 19th centuries for bathers to change their clothes
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