from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large basin or bowl in which to wash the hands and face.


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  • Then, I fill my armitage shanks enamel wash-basin with hot water, and wash my face with water-activated Safeway honey-almond soap.

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  • Everything was in order and place, from my shaving outfit in the drawer beside the wash-basin, and my sea-boots and oilskins hung ready to hand, to my writing materials on the desk, before which a swing arm-chair, leather-upholstered and screwed solidly to the floor, invited me.


  • One wash-basin to share between two men. there is a boiler in the washroom and a big tub for hot baths was promised.

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  • Under the circumstances, with my wife and babies and a couple of lodgers suffering from the too great spaciousness of one room, taking a bath in a tin wash-basin would be an unfeasible undertaking.


  • Here is what Ekateryna stated about this design: The idea is that the wash-basin is manufactured from sheet material, corian or metal.

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  • There was a small wash-basin with running water, a small radiator, and a large painted tallboy for his clothes.

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  • Rubashov walked up and down in the cell, from the door to the window and back, between bunk, wash-basin and bucket, six and a half steps there, six and a half steps back.


  • He washed face, arms and chest in cold water over the wash-basin, rinsed his mouth and dried himself with his handkerchief.


  • The set-up still didn't always wake him up, so he had a second Big Ben, on top of a second metal wash-basin, across the room, set up to go off a few minutes later.

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  • When my brother Dave, a notoriously hard-to-wake sleeper, was in the Navy, he would set up a Big Ben on top of an upside down metal wash-basin next to the bed.

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