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

Definition of bathtub

: a usually fixed tub for bathing

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Recent Examples on the Web Inside the home, police found a 24-year-old man bound and gagged with duct tape in a bathtub. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "3 arrested in connection with Kokomo homicide, kidnapping," 6 Feb. 2020 Mayes, whose name then was Britney Roll, had fractured her infant daughter's skull in a bathtub. Kevin Grasha,, "Judge to mom who killed her 4-year-old daughter: 'I hope they never let you out'," 13 Jan. 2020 There is usually a small rinse-off shower and very deep bathtubs to contend with. Lorraine Hart, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Houston remodeler focuses on aging in place during Japan tour," 30 Nov. 2019 About that time some family had 10 turkeys in a bathtub... Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Ukraine revelations, Thanksgiving travel nightmare and a stunning Duke defeat: The Morning Rundown," 27 Nov. 2019 The master bathroom is pure drama, with a black feature wall and the shower and contemporary oval free-standing bathtub set side by side upon a white marble plinth. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Behind the Scenes of a London Townhouse’s Modern Makeover," 15 Aug. 2018 Upstairs in the stately old home in a wooded area of regional Victoria, octogenarian Edna (Nevin) sits in a trance-like state in an overflowing bathtub, before next being seen naked downstairs, as if drawn by voices. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Relic': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 A few months later, the 48-year-old music icon — who reportedly was happy and purpose-filled on the set — would die in California of an accidental drowning in a hotel bathtub (with cocaine and heart disease as contributing factors). Julie Hinds,, "These are the 50 most essential movies set in Michigan," 12 Dec. 2019 That was the sort of question best reserved for my Indian college friend, who explained the logistics of kneeling outside the bathtub and bathing baby, who’d be in a tiny plastic tub inside the large concrete one. Anahita Mukherji, Quartz India, "Car seats and sleep training: An Indian mother’s battles with American parenting," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of bathtub

1821, in the meaning defined above

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“Bathtub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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


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Medical Definition of bathtub

: a usually fixed tub for bathing

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