The act of washing or cleansing specifically the washing of the human anatomy or some section of it as a religious rite
- the ritual washing of a priest's fingers or of sacred vessels
- The work of washing or cleansing; specifically, the washing of human anatomy, or some section of it, as a religious rite.
- water used in cleaning.
- a little amount of wine and liquid, used to wash the priest's thumb and index little finger following the communion, and which then, as maybe containing portions of the consecrated elements, is drunk because of the priest.
"ritual washing," late 14c., from Latin ablutionem (nominative ablutio), noun of activity from previous participle stem of abluere "to scrub off," from ab- "off" (see ab-) + luere "wash," related to lavere (see lave).
(n.) The work of washing or cleaning; particularly, the washing associated with body, or some part of it, as a religious rite.
- (letter.) Water found in cleaning.
- (letter.) A little number of wine and liquid, which is used to scrub the priest's flash and index hand after the communion, and which then, as possibly containing portions of consecrated elements, is drunk because of the priest.
Similarly the Brahman takes care, after ablution of a person, to wipe the cathartic water off from head to feet downwards, that the malign influence may pass out through the feet.