toilet

noun
toi·​let | \ ˈtȯi-lət How to pronounce toilet (audio) \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for toilet

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Fourth of July fireworks send them hiding behind the toilet tank, Valentine's chocolates could kill them, and Halloween invites little kids to ring their doorbell every three minutes. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "PetSmart Has Cute New Thanksgiving Costumes for Dogs," 7 Nov. 2019 Facial-recognition software, for example, is used to catch jaywalkers and lawbreakers, to monitor toilet paper use in public toilets, and for identity verification to get a mobile number. Jane Li, Quartz, "A “brain-reading” headband for students is too much even for Chinese parents," 5 Nov. 2019 Also, there’s one toilet for a building full of kids. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Toys 'R’ Us falls down, goes boom on Michigan Avenue. New, ticketed Adventure is mostly a bust.," 1 Nov. 2019 Here hundreds of pieces in red, white, green and black fill a sink area, a toilet room, a shower area, and the walk in closet. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Elaborately decorated Christmas Fantasy House is a festive way to raise funds for children with cancer," 31 Oct. 2019 And Dagobah is a toilet bayousphere made of batwing residue. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Star Wars rewatch: The Empire Strikes Back is the special effects movie that hates special effects," 30 Oct. 2019 Potty training is the centerpiece of this fun guide Elmo takes the lead in Amazon’s top-selling toilet-training book. Gideon Grudo, NBC News, "5 'Sesame Street' kids books to help with life's biggest moments," 26 Oct. 2019 Many of the impressive 100m toilets built in Mr Modi’s first term stand idle for lack of water. The Economist, "Three challengesEnvironmental, educational and administrative gridlock threaten India’s future," 24 Oct. 2019 There’s all kinds of urban legends about people catching lice from airplane headrests or toilet seats, but that doesn't happen (remember: lice need blood to survive). Sarah Bradley, Health.com, "What Does Lice Look Like? These 3 Photos Show Head, Pubic, and Body Lice," 24 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Duties and activities that may be required of the nurses include ventilator care, tracheotomy care and suctioning, medication administration, toileting/diapering and oral feeding. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "Harford school board OKs contracts for security cameras on new buses," 25 July 2019 The most popular posts by far have tended to be comical rather than truly spooky; the post with the most impressions is a Polo Ralph Lauren toilet that, so far, has reached 1.5 million people. Margaret Lin, Curbed, "This meme page curates the best of the internet’s ‘spooky toilets’," 5 Oct. 2018 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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11 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for toilet

The first known use of toilet was in 1667

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More Definitions for toilet

toilet

noun
How to pronounce toilet (audio)

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
old-fashioned : the act or process of washing and dressing yourself

toilet

noun
toi·​let | \ ˈtȯi-lət How to pronounce toilet (audio) \

Kids Definition of toilet

1 : a device for getting rid of body waste that consists usually of a bowl that is flushed with water
3 : the act or process of getting dressed and groomed

toilet

noun
toi·​let | \ ˈtȯi-lət How to pronounce toilet (audio) \

Medical Definition of toilet

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

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