Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A washing or bathing.
  • n. A clyster.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A washing or bathing; also, an enema.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of laving; a washing or bathing.
  • n. A clyster.

Etymologies

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French lavement, from laver to wash.

Examples

  • Instead of tiring with the increasing pressure of the task at hand, my Lady thrived, though I was careful to bear the brunt of any physical labor—heating kettles in the kitchen and carrying the water down the stairs, lifting patients, cleaning and sterilizing the lavement machine.

    The Mistress of Nothing

  • If patients were brought to us before they were too poisoned by the sickness, the castor oil, combined with the lavement machine and the internal wash it afforded, proved to be a very successful treatment.

    The Mistress of Nothing

  • And laudanum invariably led to castor oil, and if that failed to work, to the gruesome lavement machine.

    The Mistress of Nothing

  • Will custom exempt from the imputation of gross indecency a French lady, who shifts her frowsy smock in presence of a male visitant, and talks to him of her lavement, her medecine, and her bidet!

    Travels through France and Italy

  • Ainsi nous tenons que l'eau etant un element caduc, ne laisse pas de nous testifier en verite le lavement interieur de notre ame au sang de Jesus-Christ, par l'efficace de son Esprit, [300] et que le pain et le vin nous etant donnes en la cene, nous servent vraiment de nourriture spirituelle, d'autant qu'ils nous montrent comme ` a l'oeil la chair de Jesus-Christ nous etre notre viande, et son sang notre breuvage.

    The Creeds of the Evangelical Protestant Churches.

  • [247] Ainsi nous protestons que Jesus-Christ est notre lavement entier et parfait, qu'en sa mort nous avons entiere satisfaction, pour nous acquitter de nos forfaits et iniquites dont nous sommes coupables, et ne pouvons etre delivres que par ce remede.

    The Creeds of the Evangelical Protestant Churches.

  • Ainsi nous tenons que l'eau etant un element caduc, ne laisse pas de nous testifier en verite le lavement interieur de notre ame au sang de Jesus-Christ, par l'efficace de son

    The Creeds of the Evangelical Protestant Churches.

  • “We’ll give them castor oil,” she repeated, “and if that doesn’t work, we’ll treat them with my lavement machine.”

    The Mistress of Nothing

  • Sally,” my Lady ordered, “go and fetch my lavement machine.”

    The Mistress of Nothing

  • [189-*] “Il y avoit pour cet effet en chaque piscine, comme en peut voir encore à une infinité d’autels, deux conduits, ou canaux, pour faire écouler l’eau, l’un pour recevoir l’eau qui avoit servi au lavement des mains, l’autre pour celle qui avoit servi au purification ou perfusion du chalice.”

    The Principles of Gothic Ecclesiastical Architecture, Elucidated by Question and Answer, 4th ed.

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