bathing machine

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bathing machine

(ˈbeɪðɪŋ)
n
(Historical Terms) a small hut, on wheels so that it could be pulled to the sea, used in the 18th and 19th centuries for bathers to change their clothes
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Noun1.bathing machine - a building containing dressing rooms for bathersbathing machine - a building containing dressing rooms for bathers
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
dressing room - a room in which you can change clothes
References in classic literature ?
He was so delighted with his fancies that he began thinking of them again as soon as he crawled back, dripping and cold, into his bathing-machine. He thought of the object of his affections.
"The fourth is its fondness for bathing-machines, Which is constantly carries about, And believes that they add to the beauty of scenes-- A sentiment open to doubt.
Sometimes it is towards the ocean--smiling with countless dimples, speckled with white sails, with a hundred bathing-machines kissing the skirt of his blue garment--that the Londoner looks enraptured: sometimes, on the contrary, a lover of human nature rather than of prospects of any kind, it is towards the bow windows that he turns, and that swarm of human life which they exhibit.
In 1783 the expatriate William Hesketh introduced to Ostend that characteristic English invention, the bathing-machine, and a year later he was serving refreshments to bathers.