Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A stand designed to hold a basin and pitcher of water for washing.
  • n. A stationary bathroom sink.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A table containing a basin and a pitcher of water for washing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece of furniture holding the ewer or pitcher, basin, and other requisites for washing the person.
  • In a stable or garage, a place in the floor prepared so that carriages or automobiles may be washed there and the water run off.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece of furniture like a table, with or without a lower shelf, drawers, and a back, arranged to hold a basin and ewer and other appurtenances for washing the person.

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

  • n. a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face
  • n. furniture consisting of a table or stand to hold a basin and pitcher of water for washing: `wash-hand stand' is a British term

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Examples

  • The linoleum in front of the washstand is very gratifying indeed, my lord, if you will excuse my mentioning it.

    Whose Body?

  • Near the washstand was a dampened and crumpled towel, a bottle of hair oil, a simple shaving cup and brush, a rubber comb I could not help but miss my ivory comb and its silver case, a small bottle of inexpensive cologne and a little leather kit.

    Eighteen

  • Over the washstand was a little black-framed water-colour drawing, depicting a large eye with an extremely fishlike intensity in the spark of light on the dark pupil; and in "illuminated" lettering beneath was printed very minutely, "Thou God Seest ME," followed by a long looped monogram,

    The Best British Short Stories of 1922

  • Hung on the corner of the washstand is a soiled towel.

    The Easiest Way Representative Plays by American Dramatists: 1856-1911

  • On the floor in front of the washstand is a pitcher half full of water; also a large waste-water jar of the cheapest type.

    The Easiest Way Representative Plays by American Dramatists: 1856-1911

  • Upstairs were the bedrooms; "mother-and-father's room" the largest; a smaller room for one or two sons, another for one or two daughters; each of these rooms containing a double bed, a "washstand," a "bureau," a wardrobe, a little table, a rocking-chair, and often a chair or two that had been slightly damaged downstairs, but not enough to justify either the expense of repair or decisive abandonment in the attic.

    The Magnificent Ambersons; illustrated by Arthur William Brown

  • Upstairs were the bedrooms; "mother-and-father's room" the largest; a smaller room for one or two sons another for one or two daughters; each of these rooms containing a double bed, a "washstand," a

    The Magnificent Ambersons

  • On the washstand was a ball of sand-soap, and I imagine that the murderer used this to cleanse his -- or her -- hands, and, while drying them, must have stood over the head of the bed and let the sand sprinkle down on to the pillow. "

    John Thorndyke's Cases related by Christopher Jervis and edited by R. Austin Freeman

  • "But I did explain to listeners the circumstances of the interview by the corner washstand, and Orleanians could ponder the fact that the world famous Louis Armstrong couldn't get into any of the big hotels in his own hometown."

    Ex-'Meet the Press' moderator Bill Monroe dies

  • So he set the lantern on his washstand and held the shell in readiness, then opened the lantern door and quickly pressed the shell against it.

    The Sound Thief « A Fly in Amber

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  • In addition to the basin and pitcher for washing the hands and face, washstands often had a roller or peg on the side for a towel and a cupboard underneath for the chamber pot.

    February 6, 2008