Definitions for ablutionəˈblu ʃən
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a cleansing with water or other liquid, esp. as a religious ritual.
the liquid used.
a washing of the hands, body, etc.
Origin of ablution:
1350–1400; ME < L ablūtiō= ablū-, var. s. of abluere+-tiō -tion
the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
Originally, the purifying of oils and other substances by emulsification with hot water; now more generally, a thorough cleansing of a precipitate or other non-dissolved substance.
The act of washing or cleansing the body, or some part of it, as a religious rite.
The rinsing of the priest's hand following the Communion with, depending on rite, water or a mix of it and wine, which may then be drunk by the priest.
Washing oneself; bathing, cleaning oneself up.
The liquid used in cleansing.
The ritual consumption by the deacon or priest of leftover sacred wine of host after the Communion.
Origin: * First attested in 1395.
the act of washing or cleansing; specifically, the washing of the body, or some part of it, as a religious rite
the water used in cleansing
a small quantity of wine and water, which is used to wash the priest's thumb and index finger after the communion, and which then, as perhaps containing portions of the consecrated elements, is drunk by the priest