What is the Difference Between a Public Bathroom Lavatory and Sink?
In common usage, the terms "sink" and "lavatory" are often used interchangeably when referring to the fixture in a bathroom that provides water for washing hands and face. However, technically, there are differences between the two.
A "sink" is a more general term and can be used to refer to any bowl-shaped fixture that has a drain and is designed for the purpose of washing. Sinks can be found in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and more.
"Lavatory," on the other hand, specifically refers to a sink used in a bathroom for washing hands and face. The word "lavatory" comes from the Latin "lavatorium," which means a place for washing. It can also be used to refer to a bathroom or a room containing a toilet, especially in the context of public or commercial buildings.
In public or commercial bathrooms, both terms may be used to describe the hand-washing fixtures, but "lavatory" may be used more frequently in professional or technical contexts, such as plumbing codes or architectural designs.
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