- a bath of steam, usually in a specially equipped room or enclosure, for cleansing or refreshing oneself.
- a special room or enclosure, or an establishment containing it, for such a bath.
- a bath of steam used in laboratories for sterilizing equipment, utensils, etc.
Origin of steam bath
First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for steam bath
The steam-bath is used as a remedy in all kinds of disorders.
In the station itself it is light and as hot as a steam-bath.The Schoolmistress and Other Stories
For a moment that transition from personal warmth to diplomatic coolness is as the Russian plunge from steam-bath to snow-heap.
In town and country it is held to be a religious duty to take a steam-bath once a week.Russian Life To-day
Right Rev. Herbert Bury
In case of extreme fatigue, a steam-bath or a hot-water bath immediately followed by a cold bath will be found very effective.A Guide to Health
- a room or enclosure that can be filled with steam in which people bathe to induce sweating and refresh or cleanse themselves
- an act of taking such a bath
- an enclosure through which steam can be passed continuously, used in laboratories for sterilizing equipment, maintaining a constant temperature, etc
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