|—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|
|7.||(Brit) to wash in a bath|
|[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]|
n. pl. baths (bāðz, bāths)
The act of soaking or cleansing the body or any of its parts, as in water.
The apparatus used in giving a bath.
The fluid used to maintain the metabolic activities of an organism.
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.
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]