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[wosh-bohl, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌboʊl, ˈwɔʃ-/
a large bowl or basin used for washing one's hands and face, small articles of clothing, etc.
Also called washbasin
[wosh-bey-suh n, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌbeɪ sən, ˈwɔʃ-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of washbowl
First recorded in 1520-30; wash + bowl1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • While Peterson was splashing in the washbowl, Bannon took his turn at the mirror.

    Calumet 'K' Samuel Merwin
  • "A tempest in our washbowl," he wrote coolly to Carlyle, but it was more than that.

  • Quickly, he ran water into the washbowl and washed his hands and face.

    The Eye of Wilbur Mook H. B. Hickey
  • In one corner was a stand with a washbowl and pitcher of water.

    The Mystery at Putnam Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • The other opens into a nice little closet where there is a washbowl and water, and you can take a bath comfortably.

    Nelly's Silver Mine Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Bannon, already in his shirt and trousers, stood with his back to the door, his face in the washbowl.

    Calumet 'K' Samuel Merwin
  • She had, however, not locked her bathroom, and finding a bunch of violets in the washbowl I put them on.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • If the prints are put, after toning and before washing, in a washbowl of salt and water for five minutes they will not blister.

  • In the nude he was quite impossible to all but the most hardened mothers, and he was never photographed thus in a washbowl.

    Bunker Bean

    Harry Leon Wilson
  • This done, Pepper got a washbowl of cold water and placed it on the floor beside the bed.

    The Putnam Hall Rivals Arthur M. Winfield

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