Definition of toilet in English:

toilet

Syllabification: toi·let
Pronunciation: /ˈtoilit
 
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noun

1A fixed receptacle into which a person may urinate or defecate, typically consisting of a large bowl connected to a system for flushing away the waste into a sewer or septic tank: Liz heard the toilet flush figurative my tenure was down the toilet
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  • Seat covers have been available for decades, and it used correctly, most seat covers will flush down the toilet without the user touching them.
  • You probably wash up your dirty dishes immediately after eating, and stick bleach down the toilet with every tenth flush.
  • A third of all household water is flushed down the toilet, so control the amount of water you use by putting a plastic bottle or ‘hippo’ in your cistern.
1.1A room, building, or cubicle containing one or more of these.
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  • Although work is on a public floor of the building, the toilets are locked, secured by carefully guarded keys.
  • Marketing is described as weak and many buildings lacked public toilets, baby changing facilities and refreshment areas.
  • In the toilets, the one cubicle with a working light had a broken lock.
2 [in singular] The process of washing oneself, dressing, and attending to one’s appearance: her toilet completed, she finally went back downstairs
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  • She quickly changed into an older dress and completed a brief toilet.
2.1 [as modifier] Denoting articles used in the process of washing and dressing oneself: a bathroom cabinet stocked with toilet articles
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  • The general stock consists of patent medicines of all kinds, proprietary goods, toilet requisites, perfumes, smelling and perfume bottles, and a host of other useful articles.
  • There was a camp canteen where the prisoners could buy cigarettes, toilet articles or canned food.
  • Clearly she will have some luggage (at least a change of clothes and toilet articles) with her, if no maid.
2.2The cleansing of part of a person’s body as a medical procedure.
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  • Peritoneal toilet functions as a surgical adjunct to controlling the initial, proximate source of peritoneal infection
  • Respiratory toilet is encouraged hourly throughout the postoperative period with the aid of an incentive spirometer.
  • PDT treatments were applied to the left mainstem lesion along with debridement and bronchoscopic toilet.

verb (toilets, toileting, toileted)

[with object] (usually as noun toileting) Back to top  
Assist or supervise (someone, especially an infant or invalid) in using a toilet.
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  • I wouldn't mind toileting a patient if it needed to be done.
  • There is little dignity in being washed, fed, or swung up in a hoist to be toileted.
  • If asleep, the patient was not toileted or changed.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French toilette 'cloth, wrapper', diminutive of toile (see toile). The word originally denoted a cloth used as a wrapper for clothes; then (in the 17th century) a cloth cover for a dressing table, the articles used in dressing, and the process of dressing, later also of washing oneself (sense 2 of the noun). In the 19th century the word came to denote a dressing room, and, in the US, one with washing facilities; hence, a lavatory (early 20th century).

Phrases

go down the toilet

informal Be completely lost or wasted; fail utterly: they didn’t want to see their investment go down the toilet
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  • Frankly, our judgment calls seem to be going down the toilet.
  • Alas, the lead singer's attempts to persuade him to remove his shirt for the ladies went down the toilet.
  • There's your last vestige of freedom going down the toilet.

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