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  • n. A container used for urinating or defecating when it is not possible or inconvenient to go to a bathroom or toilet; a bedpan, a chamber pot. Commonly used in hospitals, where it is normally called bedpan. Formerly used in private residences, particularly those without an indoor toilet or bathroom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A. basin for slops; especially, a vessel to receive the dregs from tea- or coffee-cups at table.


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  • In another, a lady was lying in bed, tucked up very tight and prim, and staring with much composure at a tripod, with a slop-basin on it; the usual form of washing-stand, and the only piece of furniture, besides the bedstead, in her chamber.

    Pictures from Italy

  • I came to her aid, took a seat near her, managed the urn and the slop-basin, and in fact made the tea for her like any old woman. '

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • The slop-basin was full of half-burned brown paper, over which tea had been poured.

    The Lair of the White Worm

  • There was no slop-basin on the little table, but Wimsey quickly got up and poured the coffee into the window-box outside.

    Unnatural Death

  • The professor then threw the fork with a clatter into the slop-basin.

    The Heart Of A Dog

  • Some years ago a short iron-built man used to balance a scaffold pole upon his chin; to whizz a slop-basin round upon the end of it; and to imitate fire-works with golden balls and gleaming knives, in the public streets of London.

    A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France

  • This same censor says that the most temperate find themselves obliged to drink wine freely after tea, or supplement their Bohea with rum and brandy, the bottle and glass becoming as necessary to the tea-table as the slop-basin.

    The Little Tea Book

  • 'Where are you goin' now? 'asked Liza, looking at the slop-basin she was carrying.

    Liza of Lambeth

  • Its handle served as a poker, and its pan, as well as for frying, roasting and boiling, did duty for a teapot and a slop-basin.

    The Sorcery Club

  • A tempest in a slop-basin is absurd We will reserve that sort of thing for the mighty ocean and the lonely midnight.

    VIII. Private and Confidential


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