waiting room


Definition of waiting room 

: a room (as in a doctor's office) for the use of persons (such as patients) who are waiting

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Other mundane details from our waking life does appear often dreams: waiting rooms, schools, dentist offices. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Do Humans Dream Of Smartphones?," 7 July 2018 Reed reads to children and stocks waiting rooms and exam rooms with books for young patients. Ginger Brashinger, Daily Southtown, "Health checkups now include story time, free books for Will County kids," 28 June 2018 By suits in the offices, the courts & waiting rooms. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "The Politics and Play of Terrance Hayes," 24 June 2018 Whether the ornate concourse and waiting room fit architecturally with the towering office structure to the rear has from the beginning been a matter of dispute. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit train station was a place where memories were made," 12 June 2018 Their patients, however, had fled from the waiting rooms and even from their beds. The Economist, "Lina Puthussery died of the Nipah virus on May 21st," 31 May 2018 Betty Gilpin was used to being in the presence of a group of women in waiting rooms at auditions and, yes, even finding some camaraderie in the process of going after the same role. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "Stunt doubles? No such luck for Betty Gilpin and the wrestling show 'GLOW'," 1 June 2018 But beyond a wish to avoid physicians’ waiting rooms, her choices are informed by a deep skepticism about 21st century preventive care. Kevin Canfield, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Natural Causes,’ by Barbara Ehrenreich," 3 May 2018 Usually, hospitals go on bypass for a few hours at a time, asking that dispatchers send emergencies to other hospitals in the region as a kind of pressure-release valve when their beds and waiting rooms are packed with patients. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "UC San Diego hospitals begin to divert patients as strike looks likely," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of waiting room

1683, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of waiting room was in 1683

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English Language Learners Definition of waiting room

: a room in a hospital, doctor's office, train station, etc., where people can sit down and wait

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Kids Definition of waiting room

: a room (as in a station or an office) for the use of people waiting

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