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[wosh-bohl, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌboʊl, ˈwɔʃ-/
a large bowl or basin used for washing one's hands and face, small articles of clothing, etc.
Also called washbasin
[wosh-bey-suh n, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌbeɪ sən, ˈwɔʃ-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of washbowl
1520-30; wash + bowl1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The wash basin was made of marble, and was firmly set in its place, so as to be absolutely immovable.

    Rollo on the Atlantic Jacob Abbott
  • David ducked his head in the wash basin on the bench outside the door.

    David Dunne Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • "She still waves," Jack assented somberly, picking up the wash basin.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
  • Blue Bonnet took her turn at the wash basin and then wandered into the parlor.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston Caroline E. Jacobs
  • In it was an iron bedstead, a couple of chairs, a table, and a wash basin.

  • This he finally succeeded in disengaging, and he laid it on the wash basin.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • It was a room containing several leather chairs, a leather settee across one end, and a wash basin in one corner.

  • Sarah dipped him hot water from the reservoir and poured it into the wash basin.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • He turned back to the wash basin at that and soused his face and head in the cold water.

    Bruce of the Circle A Harold Titus
  • Put a bed in it, a wash basin and pitcher and everything else.

    The Inspector-General Nicolay Gogol

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