take a bath

bath

1 [bath, bahth]
noun, plural baths [bathz, bahthz, baths, bahths] .
1.
a washing or immersion of something, especially the body, in water, steam, etc., as for cleansing or medical treatment: I take a bath every day. Give the dog a bath.
2.
a quantity of water or other liquid used for this purpose: running a bath.
3.
a container for water or other cleansing liquid, as a bathtub.
4.
a room equipped for bathing; bathroom: The house has two baths.
5.
a building containing rooms or apartments with equipment for bathing; bathhouse.
6.
Often, baths. one of the elaborate bathing establishments of the ancients: the baths of Caracalla.
7.
Usually, baths. a town or resort visited for medical treatment by bathing or the like; spa.
8.
a preparation, as an acid solution, in which something is immersed.
9.
the container for such a preparation.
10.
a device for controlling the temperature of something by the use of a surrounding medium, as sand, water, oil, etc.
11.
Metallurgy.
a.
the depressed hearth of a steelmaking furnace.
b.
the molten metal being made into steel in a steelmaking furnace.
12.
the state of being covered by a liquid, as perspiration: in a bath of sweat.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), bathed, bathing. Chiefly British.
13.
to wash or soak in a bath.
Idioms
14.
take a bath, Informal. to suffer a large financial loss: Many investors are taking a bath on their bond investments.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English bæth; cognate with Old Frisian beth, Old Saxon, Old Norse bath, German Bad; < Germanic *bátha-n what is warmed, akin to Old High German bājan (German bähen), Swedish basa to warm; pre-Germanic *bheH- to warm, past participle *bhH-to-

bathless, adjective
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bath1 (bɑːθ)
 
n , pl baths
1.  a large container, esp one made of enamelled iron or plastic, used for washing or medically treating the bodyRelated: balneal
2.  the act or an instance of washing in such a container
3.  the amount of liquid contained in a bath
4.  run a bath to turn on the taps to fill a bath with water for bathing oneself
5.  (usually plural) a place that provides baths or a swimming pool for public use
6.  a.  a vessel in which something is immersed to maintain it at a constant temperature, to process it photographically, electrolytically, etc, or to lubricate it
 b.  the liquid used in such a vessel
 
vb
7.  (Brit) to wash in a bath
 
Related: balneal
 
[Old English bæth; compare Old High German bad, Old Norse bath; related to Swedish basa to clean with warm water, Old High German bāen to warm]

bath2 (bæθ)
 
n
an ancient Hebrew unit of liquid measure equal to about 8.3 Imperial gallons or 10 US gallons
 
[Hebrew]

Bath (bɑːθ)
 
n
Latin name: Aquae Sulis a city in SW England, in Bath and North East Somerset unitary authority, Somerset, on the River Avon: famous for its hot springs; a fashionable spa in the 18th century; Roman remains, notably the baths; university (1966). Pop: 90 144 (2001)

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Word Origin & History

bath
O.E. bæð "immersing in water, mud, etc.," also "quantity of water, etc., for bathing," from P.Gmc. *batham (cf. O.N. bað, M.Du. bat, Ger. bad), from PIE base *bhe- "to warm" (cf. L. fovere "to foment"). Original sense was of heating, not immersing in water. The city in Somerset, England
(O.E. Baðun) was so called from its hot springs.
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Medical Dictionary

bath (bāth)
n. pl. baths (bāðz, bāths)

  1. The act of soaking or cleansing the body or any of its parts, as in water.

  2. The apparatus used in giving a bath.

  3. The fluid used to maintain the metabolic activities of an organism.

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Slang Dictionary

take a bath (on (sth)) definition


  1. tv.
    to have large financial losses on an investment. : The broker warned me that I might take a bath if I bought this stuff.
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Bible Dictionary

Bath definition


a Hebrew liquid measure, the tenth part of an homer (1 Kings 7:26, 38; Ezek. 45:10, 14). It contained 8 gallons 3 quarts of our measure. "Ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath" (Isa. 5:10) denotes great unproductiveness.

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Idioms & Phrases

take a bath

Experience serious financial loss, as in The company took a bath investing in that new product. This idiom, which originated in gambling, transfers washing oneself in a bathtub to being "cleaned out" financially. [Slang; first half of 1900s]

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