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

Another video, uploaded to Cooper’s Facebook page, shows the co-defendants forcing the victim’s head into a toilet, Lanier said. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Last of 4 defendants pleads guilty to beating teen with disability in livestreamed Facebook attack," 12 July 2018 Ask yourself; will a landscaper get more visibility from brochures and cookies, or a patch of grass and a live sheep? Won't a plumber be more prominent by displaying a functioning toilet? Rob Weinberg, Pomerado News, "Must trade shows be boring?," 12 July 2018 The only bathroom, for example, was within the master suite (though there was a toilet strangely located in the middle of the garage on a pedestal). Dawn Margolis Denberg, SFChronicle.com, "1895 home is all Victorian eye candy outside and modern efficiency inside," 29 June 2018 Teachers there had to pour water into toilets to flush them for students. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Water taps dry, sewers overflow as Johnson Utilities owner faces bribery trial," 28 June 2018 At first, Koko did not seem to warm to Gorney, calling her a toilet via sign language. National Geographic, "Why Koko the Gorilla Mattered," 21 June 2018 She was pushed, locked in closets, and her belongings were thrown into a toilet. refinery29.com, "Joanné Dion: The Black Model Accused Of Having White Privilege," 8 June 2018 And recently, city officials started a campaign warning residents not to flush their toilets during storms. New York Times, "New Buildings Rise in Flood Zones," 6 July 2018 However, our sacrificial toilet from the hardware store fared excellently when coated with the stuff. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 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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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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