from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A privy; especially, a privy furnished with a contrivance for introducing a stream of water to cleanse it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A privy having some contrivance for carrying off the discharges through a waste-pipe below by the agency of water.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a toilet in Britain
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So I arose and went to the water-closet, but not finding him there, went down to the kitchen, where I saw a slave-girl; and when I enquired for him, she showed him to me lying with one of the cookmaids.
Indeed thou hast loitered long in the water-closet.
No one is ignorant that our character and turn of mind are intimately connected with the water-closet.
The goddess of nipples, “dea Rumilia”; the goddess of conjugal union, “dea Pertunda”; the god of the water-closet, “deus Stercutius”; the god of flatulence, “deus Crepitus”; are certainly not calculated to attract the highest degree of veneration.
Tell me, then, what secret connection nature has established between an idea and a water-closet.
Some very subtle Greeks formerly consulted Pope Honorius I., to know whether Jesus, when He was in the world, had one will or two, when He would sleep or watch, eat or repair to the water-closet, walk or sit.
The man and the woman requested an angel to direct them to a water-closet.
Inside lay the flowered porcelain pull-handle from a flush water-closet, detached from its chain.
True, hot water still had to be carted laboriously up the stairs for a bath, but at least they weren't bathing in hip baths in front of the fire, and there was a water-closet.
Though baths and showers had to be taken in this large structure with its ten separate cubicles, the big house and all the smaller houses were liberally endowed with indoor water-closet toilets, an unheard-of degree of opulence envious Gilly residents had been caught calling sybaritism.