(Lav"a*to*ry) a. Washing, or cleansing by washing.
(Lav"a*to*ry), n.; pl. Lavatories [L. lavatorium: cf. lavatoire. See Lave to wash, and cf.
1. A place for washing.
2. A basin or other vessel for washing in.
3. A wash or lotion for a diseased part.
4. A place where gold is obtained by washing.
(Lav"a*ture) n. A wash or lotion. [Obs.]
(Lave) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Laved (lavd); p. pr. & vb. n. Laving.] [F. laver, L. lavare, akin to
luere to wash, Gr. . Cf. Ablution, Deluge, Lavender, Lava, Lotion.] To wash; to bathe; as, to lave
His feet the foremost breakers lave.Byron.
(Lave), v. i. To bathe; to wash one's self.
In her chaste current oft the goddess laves.Pope.
(Lave), v. t. [OE. laven. See Lavish.] To lade, dip, or pour out. [Obs.] Dryden.
(Lave), n. [AS. laf the remainder, what is left. &radic119. See Leave.] The remainder; others.
[Scot.] Bp. Hall.
(Lave"-eared`) a. [Cf. W. llaf that extends round, llipa flaccid, flapping, G. lapp flabby,
lappohr flap ear.] Having large, pendent ears. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.
(La*veer") v. i. [D. laveren.] (Naut.) To beat against the wind; to tack. [Obs.] Dryden.
(Lave"ment) n. [F. lavement, fr. laver to wash.] A washing or bathing; also, a clyster.
(Lav"en*der) n. [OE. lavendre, F. lavande, It. lavanda lavender, a washing, fr. L. lavare to
wash; cf. It. lsavendola, LL. lavendula. So called because it was used in bathing and washing. See
Lave. to wash, and cf. Lavender.]
1. (Bot.) An aromatic plant of the genus Lavandula common in the south of Europe. It yields and oil
used in medicine and perfumery. The Spike lavender (L. Spica) yields a coarser oil used in the arts.
2. The pale, purplish color of lavender flowers, paler and more delicate than lilac.
Lavender cotton (Bot.), a low, twiggy, aromatic shrub (Santolina Chamæcyparissus) of the Mediterranean
region, formerly used as a vermifuge, etc., and still used to keep moths from wardrobes. Also called
ground cypress. Lavender water, a perfume composed of alcohol, essential oil of lavender, essential
oil of bergamot, and essence of ambergris. Sea lavender. (Bot.) See Marsh rosemary. To
lay in lavender. (a) To lay away, as clothing, with sprigs of lavender. (b) To pawn. [Obs.]
(Lav"er) n. [OE. lavour, F. lavoir, L. lavatorium a washing place. See Lavatory.]
1. A vessel for washing; a large basin.