bath·​tub | \ ˈbath-ˌtəb How to pronounce bathtub (audio) , ˈbäth-\

Definition of bathtub

: a usually fixed tub for bathing

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Latitude Med Center has a washing station with a full bathtub, shampoo, and a dryer, while downtown’s Parc at Midtown has a 5,000-square-foot park with pathways and benches for walking and potty breaks. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: High-rises offer array of on-site services," 9 June 2019 As most parents should know, these settings include bathtubs, which is why infants and young children should never be left unattended during bath time. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "‘It can happen to anyone’: Drownings of Granger Smith and Bode Miller’s young children reveal dangers to kids," 7 June 2019 By Boise police are investigating the death of a disabled Boise man who suffered severe burns after being put in a bathtub of hot water, dying of his injuries 11 days later. Audrey Dutton, idahostatesman, "Boise man died of burns after a home health aide left him in hot bath, friend says," 3 June 2019 Bailey went on to tell WFAA that Boykin then dragged her to the bathtub, took her clothes off and tried to clean her up. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Ex-TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin charged with aggravated assault in Mansfield | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Mar. 2018 Just as splashing can slosh water over the edge of a bathtub, wind and atmospheric pressure can force water to flow out of the lake and into the rivers that feed it. William Langhorne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee River flooding downtown forces some RiverWalk restaurants to close," 10 June 2019 The other perched on the rim of a bathtub, legs spread. Sophie Ouellette-howitz, SELF, "This Is Why You Should Pay for Porn," 7 Nov. 2018 Sometimes, an actual one-person party takes place right in her own bathtub. Allure, "Famed Beauty Founder Anastasia Soare Gave Us a Tour of Her Gorgeous Bathroom," 26 Mar. 2019 One budget-friendly way to revamp this space—and one that also deserves more attention—is to paint a bathtub. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "How to Paint a Bathtub," 26 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of bathtub

1821, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bathtub

chiefly US : a large and long container in which people take baths or showers


bath·​tub | \ ˈbath-ˌtəb How to pronounce bathtub (audio) , ˈbäth-\

Kids Definition of bathtub

: a tub in which to take a bath


bath·​tub | \ ˈbath-ˌtəb, ˈbȧth- How to pronounce bathtub (audio) \

Medical Definition of bathtub

: a usually fixed tub for bathing

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