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sponge bath

a bath in which the bather is cleaned by a wet sponge or washcloth dipped in water, without getting into a tub of water.
Origin of sponge bath
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If the fever is high during the night, apply a sponge bath every half hour or hour.

    Valere Aude Louis Dechmann
  • This is a sort of sponge bath which tones and invigorates the growth.

    The Woman Beautiful Helen Follett Stevans
  • I can understand a sponge bath being a novelty the first time and exhilarating the second and third.

  • After 31 her sponge bath, she contemplated herself again in the glass.

    Out of the Air Inez Haynes Irwin
  • They may be taken in the form of a 'sponge bath,' or 'hip bath.'

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • Upon this may be placed the bath tub or basin, or a person may use it to stand upon while taking a sponge bath.

    Our Deportment John H. Young
  • To one who has frequent colds in the head, the out-of-door life and morning sponge bath and moderate eating will be of help.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • He got up late, cut his chin while shaving, kicked a slipper into his sponge bath and said, "Desh!"

    Kipps H. G. Wells
  • In hot summer days a sponge bath may be given many times a day.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • A sponge bath can be taken with very little water and little trouble.

British Dictionary definitions for sponge bath

sponge bath

a washing of the body with a wet sponge or cloth, but without immersion in water
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sponge bath in Medicine

sponge bath n.
A bath in which a wet sponge or washcloth is used without immersing the body in water.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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