toilet

noun
toi·let | \ ˈtȯi-lət \

Definition of toilet 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a fixture that consists usually of a water-flushed bowl and seat and is used for defecation and urination

2 : the act or process of dressing and grooming oneself

3 : cleansing in preparation for or in association with a medical or surgical procedure pulmonary toilet

4 archaic : dressing table

toilet

verb
toileted; toileting; toilets

Definition of toilet (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to dress and groom oneself

2 : to use the toilet usually used of a child

transitive verb

1 : dress, garb

2 : to help (someone, such as a child or sick person) use the toilet

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Examples of toilet in a Sentence

Noun

One of the kids needed to use the toilet. a painting of a woman at her toilet

Verb

the princess required at least a dozen maids to toilet her for formal occasions
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hawke makes a tired joke about Presley dying on the toilet. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'The King' goes on the road looking for Elvis and America, and hits a dead-end," 11 July 2018 The impulse to check your phone at a stoplight is no different than the impulse to check it in the Starbucks line, or on the toilet, or in the elevator, or during a lull in conversation. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 His colleagues are annoying misfits, described by their quirks, like the fastidious Fredrik Melander, who has a photographic memory, passionately loves his ugly wife, and spends too much time on the toilet. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 The Cheetos-- which were on the toilet next to the tub-- belonged to the homeowner, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Louisiana homeowner finds naked intruder in her tub, eating Cheetos," 20 Apr. 2018 Helen Zille, the premier of the Western Cape province, has converted her Twitter feed to an educational guide on why not to flush the toilet. The Economist, "Running dryWhy Cape Town is running out of water," 15 Feb. 2018 The water and sewer company with about 30,000 customers in the San Tan Valley area has faced hundreds of complaints from customers this year alone, including for low water pressure that forced at least one school to flush toilets with bottled water. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Judge slams Johnson Utilities' service, says company needs an emergency manager," 12 July 2018 And another passenger had two dogs, leaving the black one unattended while taking the white one to the toilet during a September 2017 flight. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Smells, growls and disputes: AA urges DOT to allow only trained service dogs in airline cabins," 10 July 2018 In a few cell blocks, toilets weren't working, so staff shifted around inmates and passed out bottled water. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Water problems at jail to be fixed Monday," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the clogger had been even busier in past years, Kerlin told the Sheboygan Press — blocking the same public women’s toilet 14 times in 2017, and 12 the year before. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Serial toilet clogger cost city thousands. But a tip just flushed him out, police say," 30 May 2018 But check out one of the bathrooms to see something uncharacteristic of Tudors: A strawberry pink bathtub, sink and toilet. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Oddball or adorable Oregon homes for sale: How pink is your sink?," 18 Mar. 2018 The service can then quickly locate the brand, size and amount of a household good — from shampoo to toilet paper —that the customer previously bought, or make suggestions based on those past purchases. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Walmart products to be available via Google Express," 23 Aug. 2017 Scabies and lice can cling to towels, clothes, and bedding, but not toilet seats. Jenelle Marie Pierce, Allure, "The Truth About Whether You Can Get an STI From a Toilet Seat," 17 Aug. 2017 The technology is available in selected models, but it can also be installed in an existing toilet with Kohler's Touchless toilet flush kit—expected to retail for $100. Olivia Rassow, ELLE Decor, "Add Touchless Technology To Your Bath Without Replacing Anything," 19 May 2014 Venezuela, for the record, is currently suffering chronic shortages of everything from food to toilet paper, a mass civil insurrection and murderous police brutality. Michael J. Totten, The Atlantic, "Why the Rise of Corbyn's Labour Party Should Worry the West," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of toilet

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1828, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for toilet

Noun

French toilette cloth on which items used for grooming are placed, from Middle French, piece of batiste, from diminutive of toile cloth

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Phrases Related to toilet

go to the toilet

toilet bag

toilet roll

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toilet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of toilet

: a large bowl attached to a pipe that is used for getting rid of bodily waste and then flushed with water

: the act or process of washing and dressing yourself

toilet

noun
toi·let | \ ˈtȯi-lət \

Kids Definition of toilet

1 : a device for getting rid of body waste that consists usually of a bowl that is flushed with water

2 : bathroom

3 : the act or process of getting dressed and groomed

toilet

noun
toi·let | \ ˈtȯi-lət \

Medical Definition of toilet 

: cleansing in preparation for or in association with a medical or surgical procedure a pharyngeal toilet

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