- 1A large bowl for urinating or defecating into, typically plumbed into a sewage system and with a flushing mechanism; a lavatory: Liz heard the toilet flushMore example sentences
lavatory, WC, water closet, (public) convenience, facilities, urinal, privy, latrine, outhouse, earth closet, jakes; British cloakroom, the Ladies, the Gents, powder room; North American restroom, bathroom, washroom, men's room, ladies' room, comfort station; French pissoir• informal little girls' room, little boys' room, smallest roomNorthern English • informal nettyhead• archaic closet, garderobe, necessary house
- 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 a toilet or toilets: a public toilet [as modifier]: someone pushed at the toilet doorMore example sentences
- 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
- 2.1 [as modifier] Denoting articles used in the process of washing, dressing, and attending to one’s appearance: a bathroom cabinet stocked with toilet articlesMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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
- 1Assist or supervise (someone, especially an infant or invalid) in using a toilet.More example sentences
- I wouldn't mind toileting a patient if it to be needed done.
- Mr Ward told us: ‘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.
- 1.1 [no object] Use a toilet: sufferers may need help with dressing, bathing, and toiletingMore example sentences
- Your loved one needs more and more help with everyday tasks such as eating, bathing and toileting.
- I worked on the general medical unit, where about half of 17 men and women were bed-ridden and all but a few needed help with getting in and out of bed, bathing, dressing and toileting.
- They may get lost in their own homes, need help dressing, bathing, and toileting, and fail to remember major parts of their past or understand simple gestures and commands.
go down the toilet
- • informal Be completely lost or wasted; fail utterly: they didn’t want to see their investment go down the toiletMore example sentences
- 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.
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).