Etymology
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bathing (n.)

1540s, verbal noun from bathe (v.). Bathing suit is recorded from 1852 (bathing costume from 1830); bathing beauty is from 1891, in reference to Frederick Leighton's "The Bath of Venus."

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Definitions of bathing

bathing (n.)
immersing the body in water or sunshine;
bathing (n.)
the act of washing yourself (or another person);
Synonyms: washup
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