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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bath clean one's body by immersion into water "The child should bathe every day"
    • n bath you soak and wash your body in a bathtub "he has a good bath every morning"
    • n bath a vessel containing liquid in which something is immersed (as to process it or to maintain it at a constant temperature or to lubricate it) "she soaked the etching in an acid bath"
    • n bath a room (as in a residence) containing a bathtub or shower and usually a washbasin and toilet
    • n bath a relatively large open container that you fill with water and use to wash the body
    • n Bath a town in southwestern England on the River Avon; famous for its hot springs and Roman remains
    • n bath an ancient Hebrew liquid measure equal to about 10 gallons
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Headquarters Company of the Reserve Mallet taking its bath at Chavigeny Farm The Headquarters Company of the Reserve Mallet taking its bath at Chavigeny Farm
It Takes Nine Baths to Get Down To American Epidermis 304 It Takes Nine Baths to Get Down To American Epidermis 304
Venus Disrobing for the Bath Venus Disrobing for the Bath
The Bath of Psyche The Bath of Psyche

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Beethoven used to take hay baths to remedy the swelling he used to get in his legs
    • Bath A building containing an apartment or a series of apartments arranged for bathing. "Among the ancients, the public baths were of amazing extent and magnificence."
    • n Bath A city in the west of England, resorted to for its hot springs, which has given its name to various objects.
    • n Bath A Hebrew measure containing the tenth of a homer, or five gallons and three pints, as a measure for liquids; and two pecks and five quarts, as a dry measure.
    • Bath (Chem) A medium, as heated sand, ashes, steam, hot air, through which heat is applied to a body.
    • Bath A receptacle or place where persons may immerse or wash their bodies in water.
    • Bath (Photog) A solution in which plates or prints are immersed; also, the receptacle holding the solution.
    • Bath The act of exposing the body, or part of the body, for purposes of cleanliness, comfort, health, etc., to water, vapor, hot air, or the like; as, a cold or a hot bath; a medicated bath; a steam bath; a hip bath .
    • Bath Water or other liquid for bathing.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Boston, Massachusetts it is illegal to take a bath unless instructed to do so by a physician.
    • n bath A washing of the body in, or an exposure of it to the action of, water or other fluid agent, for cleansing, refreshment, medical treatment, etc.: as, to take a bath; to administer a bath to a patient.
    • n bath A provision or arrangement for bathing: as, to prepare a bath; a hot or cold bath; a vapor-bath; an electric bath. There are many kinds of baths, all of which may be divided into four classes: according to the medium in which the body is immersed, as a water-, oil-, or mud-bath, a compressed-air bath, a medicated or mineral bath, etc.;
    • n bath A vessel for holding water in which to plunge, wash, or bathe the body.
    • n bath More generally, an apartment or apparatus by means of which the body, or a part of it, may be bathed in any medium differing in nature or temperature from its natural medium.
    • n bath An edifice containing apartments fitted up for bathing; a bath-house; particularly, in the plural, one of the elaborate bathing establishments of the ancients, as the Baths of Caracalla at Rome. See thermœ.
    • n bath In science and the arts, any vessel containing a liquid for treating any object by immersion. In photography, the vessel in which a collodionized plate is submitted to the action of a solution of nitrate of silver, or the tray in which an exposed dry plate is immersed in the developing solution.
    • n bath An arrangement or preparation for immersing anything, as the silver-bath in photography.
    • n bath In chem., an apparatus for modifying and regulating the heat in various chemical processes, by interposing a quantity of sand, water, or other substance between the fire and the vessel intended to be heated. When a liquid bath of a higher temperature than 212° is required, saturated solutions are employed in which the boiling-point is higher than that of water.
    • bath To put into a bath; wash in a bath.
    • n bath A Hebrew liquid measure = 72 logs = 6 hins = cor, and corresponding to the dry measure the ephah = 72 logs = 18 cabs = 3 saths = cor. There were two measures of this name, one equal to about two thirds of the other, as is seen by comparing 1 Ki. vii. 26 with 2 Chron. iv. 5. The larger bath seems to have contained about 36 liters = 9½ United States gallons = 8 British gallons. The smaller bath seems to have contained about 28 liters = 7½ United States gallons = 6 British gallons.
    • n bath In electricity, the solution in which electrochemical action takes place, as in electroplating, electrotyping, electrometallurgy, etc.
    • n bath Same as bath-flower.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Rochester, Michigan, anyone bathing in public must have his or her bathing suit inspected by a police officer.
    • n Bath bäth water for plunging the body into: a bathing: a house for bathing: a place for undergoing medical treatment by means of bathing:
    • n Bath bäth the largest Jewish liquid measure, containing about six gallons.
    • n Bath bäth (phot.) a solution in which plates are plunged
    • ***


  • Dodie Smith
    Dodie Smith
    “Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”
  • Anthony Burgess
    “Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “A letter is an unannounced visit, the postman the agent of rude surprises. One ought to reserve an hour a week for receiving letters and afterwards take a bath.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    “How sweet it is to love, and to be dissolved, and as it were to bathe myself in thy love.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Marriage is like a hot bath. Once you get used to it, it's not so hot.”
  • Woody Allen
    “Basically my wife was immature. I'd be at home in the bath and she would come in and sink my boats.”


Early bath - (UK) If someone has or goes for an early bath, they quit or lose their job or position earlier than expected because things have gone wrong.
Throw the baby out with the bath water - If you get rid of useful things when discarding inessential things, you throw the baby out with the bath water.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. bæð,; akin to OS. & Icel. bað, Sw., Dan., D., & G. bad, and perh. to G. bähen, to foment
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bæth, cog. with Ger. bad.


In literature:

Immerse the tubes or flasks containing the albuminous fluid in the water-bath so that the upper level of such fluid is at least 2 cm.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
A shower-bath, or plunge-bath, may not be best for all.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
Bathed in cold sweat Charles Rambert started and sat upright in bed, every muscle tense, listening with all his ears.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
Sixteen public bath-houses on shore are to take the place of the swimming baths.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Next morning, M., who is extraordinarily persevering, secured a bath.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
And by five-minutes-past Sally was impending over the sparkling water of Paddington swimming-bath.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
On the second, two sleeping chambers, the nursery and the bath.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
Where the bath-room does not exist it is easy to bathe thoroughly and completely.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
It may be found wise to delay the bath until this time of day as bathing has a soothing effect.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
At Bristol Hotwells or the New Rooms at Bath Arrived Mr.
"The King's Post" by R. C. Tombs
Take a bath daily for a year, or sponge bath.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
They were going for water from a sacred stream for the bathing of purification.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
Sponge baths in water or alcohol are valuable and in some cases tub baths with the temperature as low as 40 degrees are used.
"Rural Hygiene" by Henry N. Ogden
He took horse, he did, for Bath, he did.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
The other lead from the wire knot ran into a sealed container surrounded by a water bath under which a spirit lamp burned.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Best give 'em physic every Saturday night, an' bath 'em Sunday mornin'.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Many of the buildings are handsome, and are constructed of the white great-oolite, known as bath-stone.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
Jan got up, had her bath, dressed, and by half-past six she was on deck.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
Nor would such a woman be the rage now at Bath or anywhere else.
"Her Season in Bath" by Emma Marshall
The Baths at Bath furnish the best example of the kind in England; London also has the remains of a Bath of Roman times in the Strand.
"The Towns of Roman Britain" by James Oliver Bevan

In poetry:

"Bathed in fragrance,
do not brush your hat;
Washed in perfume,
do not shake your coat:
"Bathed and Washed" by Li Po
Who gives him the Bath?
"I," said the wet,
"I'll give him the Bath!"
"The New Knighthood" by Rudyard Kipling
Fear me not, oh little sparrow,
Bathe and never fear,
For to me both pool and yarrow
And thyself are dear.
"A Re-Assurance" by Archibald Lampman
A new frontier!
No running next door
now to phone the sheriff
for his taxi to Bath
and the State Liquor Store!
"The Old Flame" by Robert Lowell
"But dream not helm and harness
The sign of valor true;
Peace bath higher tests of manhood
Than battle ever knew.
"The Hero" by John Greenleaf Whittier
From the geyser ventilators
Autumn winds are blowing down
On a thousand business women
Having baths in Camden Town
"Business Girls" by Sir John Betjeman

In news:

Christopher Connelly has left Kinetic Kitchen and Bath to start a brand-new company - and he's partnered with his former business and marketing guru, Anne Daggett .
The 23rd running of the Delmar Dash went off with nary a hitch this morning, as a record pack of runners took the the streets of the hamlet on a sun-bathed spring morning.
Lavish your skin with these moisturizing mineral bath treats.
On November 3, 1948, a lunch in a Paris restaurant of sole meunière, the sole so very fresh with its delicate texture and cooked like an omelet in nothing but a bath of clarified butter, changed Julia Child's life.
Bob Kennen of Kennen and Kennen Realtors is offering this five bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home on almost two acres at 131 Hollie Drive in Heather Hills.
'Bath Salts' A Deadly New Drug With A Deceptively Innocent Name.
Bath Salts, sold in small packets with names like "Blue Wave," "Cloud Nine," and "White Lady," are the newest -- and scariest -- designer drug.
Three tugs and a Coast Guard vessel escort a barge up the Kennebec River Friday morning, heading for Bath Iron Works.
'After the Bath (Woman Drying Herself),' about 1896, by Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917).
Yet, bathe it in warm evening sunlight and it responds with an earth-tone glow.
Designer drug bath salts usage on rise.
I will make my own reed diffusers for Mom's bedroom and bath.
ECU students dig up questions at Bath.
Students with East Carolina University's Summer Ventures program work on an archaeological dig at the Palmer-Marsh House, part of the Historic Bath State Historic Site.
Bed Bath & Beyond Slips 11% On Dingy Profit Forecast.

In science:

In doing so one identifies the Hawking temperature TH of the supergravity solution with that of the field theory in a thermal bath.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
One possibility is that the burst oscillation is a nonradial oscillation (NRO) on the neutron star surface (Livio & Bath 1982; McDermott & Taam 1987; Bildsten & Cutler 1995; Strohmayer & Lee 1996).
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Hamiltonian system with fast coupling to a thermal bath, h is proportional to field h′ canonicallyconjugated to A: h = −βh′ .
Generalized Entropy approach to far-from-equilibrium statistical mechanics
It should be noted that the direct experimental or numeric check of Eq. (15) may be difficult to perform without correct interpretation of field h (its physical meaning is straightforward only in the case of ideal (fast) thermal bath coupled to the system).
Generalized Entropy approach to far-from-equilibrium statistical mechanics
So if there were 30K particles going down the hole, a 30 K thermal bath would also be seen elsewhere (e.g. near the Earth), in contradiction with experiment.
Black Holes Must Die
The Metropolis and heat bath algorithms utilize the idea of reversibility to design chains with a stationary distribution matching the desired distribution.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
Just as the heat bath approach gives a means for designing Markov chains that are reversible, it also gives us a method for designing RR algorithms that preserve the correct distribution.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
From current state x, the heat bath (or Gibbs sampler) Markov chain approach is to choose v uniformly at random and then choose a new color for v distributed according to πv (·; x).
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
In heat bath RR, the vertex v is chosen any way the user desires from V \ Vt, and then a new color is picked according to πv (·; x).
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
We do not have to use the heat bath probabilities.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
Theorem 2 The heat bath RR and arbitrary RR acceptance steps preserve the correct distribution.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
For certain instances of the random cluster model, the heat bath Markov chain approach is believed from experimental evidence to be rapidly mixing, but no theoretical rapid mixing results in the positive direction are known for any nontrivial instances of the problem.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
Theorem 5 The heat bath RR approach to generating perfect colorings requires only a linear expected number of steps when k is Ω(∆4 ).
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
T = 2δ(s − s′ )δ(t − t′ )T due to contact with a heat bath at temperature T .
Random Heteropolymer Dynamics
It is an open system, sub ject to interactions with, loosely speaking, a heat bath.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs