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- n. A piece of laboratory equipment consisting of a heated vessel containing water, in which is suspended a flask etc that is to be subject to careful heating
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A device for regulating the temperature of anything subjected to heat, by surrounding the vessel containing it with another vessel containing water which can be kept at a desired temperature; also, a vessel designed for this purpose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bath composed of water, in contradistinction to a vapor-bath.
- n. In chem., a vessel containing water which is heated to a certain temperature, over which chemical preparations or solutions are placed in suitable vessels to be digested, evaporated, or dried at the given temperature.
- n. Same as bain-marie.
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A water bath required hot stones, and many had been needed for the sweatbaths.