1. The act
or cleansing; specifically, the washing
of the body, or some part
of it, as a religious rite.
2. The water
used in cleansing. "Cast the ablutions in the main."
3. A little quantity
and water, which is used to wash
the priest's thumb
and index finger
after the communion, and which then, as probably containing portions of the consecrated elements, is drunk
by the priest.
Origin: L. Ablutio, fr. Abluere: cf. F. Ablution. See Abluent.
Source: Websters Vocabulary