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sponge bath

noun
  1. a bath in which the bather is cleaned by a wet sponge or washcloth dipped in water, without getting into a tub of water.
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Origin of sponge bath

First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for sponge bath

Historical Examples

  • The skin is to be well rubbed after the hip as after the sponge-bath.

    The Physical Life of Woman:

    Dr. George H Napheys

  • A daily sponge-bath, the water made more stimulating by the addition of sea-salt, is very useful in the absence of sea-bathing.

  • The daily use of at least a sponge-bath of the entire person is an excellent habit.

    The Physical Life of Woman:

    Dr. George H Napheys

  • "Come in," said I, thinking that the thoughtful maid was carrying my sponge-bath, but no.

    Corea or Cho-sen

    A (Arnold) Henry Savage-Landor


British Dictionary definitions for sponge bath

sponge bath

noun
  1. a washing of the body with a wet sponge or cloth, but without immersion in water
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sponge bath in Medicine

sponge bath

n.
  1. A bath in which a wet sponge or washcloth is used without immersing the body in water.
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