from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A small basin used for washing thehands.

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  • noun washbasin

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a basin for washing the hands (`wash-hand basin' is a British expression)


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  • He has his head in a handbasin and is clutching the taps in the school washroom while the prefects take it in turns to beat him for his lack of Christian reverence.

    Absolute Friends

  • On those occasions (usually during a party at your house) when the handbasin tap is closed so tightly that you cannot turn it back on, you know the last person to use the washroom never had a Meccano set.

    Harold Kroto - Autobiography

  • It contained the narrow bed on which he was lying, a wardrobe, chair and nothing else, not even a handbasin.

    Death of a Dentist

  • It fell off the wall into the handbasin, and cracked the porcelain of the handbasin before sending large shards of glass from its shattered glass doors onto the bathroom fl oor.

    Death of a Dentist

  • The walls close to bathroom fittings (handbasin, shower, bath) must without fail be rendered or tiled.

    Chapter 6

  • He washed and shaved at the handbasin, taking a childish pleasure in deciding to have neither shower nor bath.

    Death of a Charming Man

  • "Ross," she began, settling against the little handbasin and crossing her arms.

    Chronicles of Pern, First Fall

  • Bent-kneed, he hobbled to the handbasin and opened the small cabinet above that contained the medical kit.

    Chronicles of Pern, First Fall

  • When I was taken back there under escort I'd told Colonel Belyak to give me fifteen minutes before he sent his troops in but it hadn't taken that long to get into the uniform, and I'd stowed my clothes under the handbasin in the bathroom and was down the stairs before the headlights of the vehicles outside came flooding through the windows and I heard a chorus of shouted commands.

    Quiller Meridian

  • "Ross, " she began, settling against the little handbasin and crossing her arms.

    The Chronicles of Pern


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