Ablu'tion. n.s. [ablutio, Lat.]
- The act of cleansing, or washing clean.
There is a natural analogy between the ablution of the body and the purification of the soul; between eating the holy bread and drinking the sacred chalice, and a participation of the body and blood of Christ Taylor's Worthy Communicant.
Wash'd by the briny wave, the pious train
Are cleans'd, and cast th' ablutions in the main. Pope's Iliad.
- The rinsing of chymical preparations in water, to dissolve and wash away any acrimonious particles.
- The cup given, without consecration, to the laity in the popish churches.