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- n. Plural form of lavation.
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When that operation was completed, — which, including his lavations, occupied about five minutes, — he went up on the deck with the books for Mrs. Smith in his hand, and with
The wardrobes of both warriors are much impaired by active service, but their originally white flannel trousers, if patched, discoloured, and shrunken by amateur lavations, boast the cut of Bond Street; their shirts, if a trifle ragged, are immaculately clean, and the cracks in their canvas shoes are disguised by a lavish expenditure of pipeclay.
Let us not tell how one glass is made to answer for thirty fair faces, one ewer and vase for thirty lavations; and -- tell it not in Gath -- one towel for a company!
When that operation was completed, -- which, including his lavations, occupied about five minutes, -- he went up on the deck with the books for Mrs. Smith in his hand, and with Thomson's 'Seasons' in his pocket.
He turned aside with a sigh, which did not escape the gypsy, and bathed his face in the water which the provident hand of the good woman had set out for his lavations.
Our lavations are performed in a cracked basin, and we are so far removed from human assistance, that our very bells sink into silence before they reach half way down the stairs.
Religion is not an easy one: with rigorous fasts, lavations, strict complex formulas, prayers five times a day, and abstinence from wine, it did not 'succeed by being an easy religion.'