toggle menu
1000+ books

in a sentence

show 9 more with this conextual meaning
  • To die antiseptically in a hospital was almost unknown.†   (source)
  • The community's pool of antiseptics, depleted by months of use and utterly irreplaceable, had sunk so low that Bob Baxter used it only on major wounds.†   (source)
  • Gently rinsing away the blood, putting on an antiseptic, and bandaging them beneath the cuffs.   (source)
    antiseptic = a substance used to clean wounds because it prevents infection by killing harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria
  • The stink of unwashed bodies, stale urine, and infection breaks through the cloud of antiseptic.   (source)
    antiseptic = something that kills harmful micro-organisms; or something that is clean and free of micro-organisms
  • It's more than the reinforced elevator, or the claustrophobia of being so far underground, or the caustic smell of antiseptic.   (source)
  • The whole building was sharp with the clean nervous odor of antiseptics.†   (source)
  • That day, a fresh doctor and ten nurses came in from the city of Yamaguchi with extra bandages and antiseptics, and the third day another physician and a dozen more nurses arrived from Matsue — yet there were still only eight doctors for ten thousand patients.†   (source)
  • The whiteness of the uniforms, the shiny cruel instruments laid out on a napkin on a tray, the smell of antiseptics, and especially the cloudy sterilizer with its bloody red cross filled her with tongue-tied fright.†   (source)
  • "I've seen antiseptics come along and sweep everything before them, and then I've seen asepsis take their place.†   (source)
▲ show less (of above)

show 10 more examples with any meaning
  • I hadn't been back there since I'd taken Shawn years before, and as I walked down its white, antiseptic hallway, it was difficult not to think of him.†   (source)
  • Hortensia and Josefina scrubbed the little cabin until it was almost antiseptic.†   (source)
  • He cursed under his breath and re-rinsed it with antiseptic.†   (source)
  • I look away as Eric wipes my neck with an antiseptic wipe and eases the needle into my skin.†   (source)
  • The air stank of sweat and unwashed bodies, of feet, urine, cigarette smoke, and antiseptic.†   (source)
  • I could hear the two men murmuring and laughing over the buzz of the tattooing needle, the smell of antiseptic sharp in my nostrils.†   (source)
  • "Nah, I wrecked that thing," he said, and dabbed antiseptic on my cut.†   (source)
  • Boxes of latex gloves, surgical masks, antiseptic pads, rolls of tape.†   (source)
  • I'll get some antiseptic for your arm.†   (source)
  • They wouldn't have bothered with those antiseptic lunches, with his father staring at the tabletop while Ramona liquefied the raw carrots.†   (source)
▲ show less (of above)
show 120 more examples with any meaning
  • The smells of antiseptic and astringent seemed to energize him, and the feelings generated by human trauma and fear seemed to motivate him.†   (source)
  • Sighing, she changed her clothes, eager to be rid of the smell of antiseptic that lingered on them.†   (source)
  • Rufe, have you got any kind of antiseptic?†   (source)
  • Drunkenly remembering something my mother had said, that perfume was antiseptic in a pinch, I went back to the living room where Boris was sprawled on the carpet with Popper sniffing anxiously at his bloodstained shirt.†   (source)
  • There's an enormous piece of medical equipment squatting in the corner, emitting a series of periodic beeps, a tissue-paper-covered examination table, a stinging, antiseptic smell.†   (source)
  • Instead of heading to Chapel Hill and two glorious weeks with Savannah, I traveled to Wilmington and spent my days by my dad's bedside, breathing in the antiseptic odor that always made me think less of healing than of death itself.†   (source)
  • I swiped two rolls of bandages from the shelf, a bottle of peroxide to clean the wound, and pocketed a tube of antiseptic ointment.†   (source)
  • And then he cleaned it all again, thoroughly, applied antiseptic cream, and bound me up.†   (source)
  • He sometimes wondered what had happened to transform his mother from the laughing, tender woman to whom the scent of lilac clung into the pale and subdued and antiseptic woman who seldom left the house, who lurked behind window curtains.†   (source)
  • We should have antiseptic in the kit, but I want water, too.†   (source)
  • Not slobbery and gross, not antiseptic and dry either.†   (source)
  • Doctors' offices depress me even more than hospitals do because of their air of negative expectancy and because of the occasional patient who leaves with good news, shaking the doctor's antiseptic hand and laughing loudly, laughing at everything the doctor says, booming with laughter, with crude power, making a point of ignoring the other patients as he walks past the waiting room still laughing provocatively-- he is already clear of them, no longer associated with their weekly gloom,…†   (source)
  • The smell: very clean, antiseptic.†   (source)
  • Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, mild sedative, mild analgesic.†   (source)
  • Dr. Lahiri reached into his coat pocket and produced a cloth that smelled of antiseptic.†   (source)
  • Instead of antiseptic, the air smelled of charmed vanilla-scented candles that floated around the room.†   (source)
  • But the thought of Lucky on my motorcycle is more painful than the antiseptic crap Miss Koto is now rubbing on my wound.†   (source)
  • Fifteen Blocks on Foot and a Bus Ride Later We walked through big revolving doors, into the Land of Antiseptic.†   (source)
  • But the windshield—oh!" she said, as he put antiseptic on her cut.†   (source)
  • The smell of antiseptic and peroxide flooded the air, and I knew exactly where I was.†   (source)
  • He cleaned the sutured wounds with an antiseptic and taped gauze pads over them and helped him to sit up.†   (source)
  • Listerine, for instance, was invented in the nineteenth century as a powerful surgical antiseptic.†   (source)
  • He was sent to live his last days in the antiseptic confinement of a sanatorium, where his family sat with him through his final hours.†   (source)
  • This was our Band-Aid and antiseptic all in one.†   (source)
  • It had a wet, swampy smell that made the gunslinger feel nau-seous and a little lightheaded after the antiseptic odorlessness of the desert and the stable.†   (source)
  • If the building itself, with its faded, antiseptic halls, didn't communicate that law enforcement lacked a sense of style, the surrounding neighborhood surely did.†   (source)
  • There was something fearful and minute about Doc Daneeka as he sat despondently outside his tent in the sunlight as often as he could, dressed in khaki summer trousers and a short-sleeved summer shirt that was bleached almost to an antiseptic gray by the daily laundering to which he had it subjected.†   (source)
  • The antiseptic odor fills the room, and then it comes off his breath.†   (source)
  • Jace recognized it as the box of medical supplies they used sometimes when runes weren't an option—antiseptic, bandages, scissors, and gauze.†   (source)
  • From all her talk of moving, I'd imagined a place full of boxes, something impersonal and antiseptic.†   (source)
  • Thomas swung his feet to the floor and took a moist antiseptic towelette from the doctor.†   (source)
  • They entered a room that was in stark contrast to the antiseptic quality of the fluorescent-lit hallway.†   (source)
  • The face over hers was as calm and antiseptic as the room she lay in.†   (source)
  • I asked AP what the stuff was that he'd been spraying on it and learned that it was some sort of antiseptic, like Bactine or something.†   (source)
  • She got out the antiseptic, gripped his wrist.†   (source)
  • A quivering chill ran up his legs, and his teeth began to grind and a ball of ice formed in the pit of his stomach and he took a breath and plunged through the door, into the darkness, a choking, musty darkness that stank of stale wine and antiseptic and sweat and urine and liniment.†   (source)
  • She didn't like coming to the lab with its antiseptic air and white walls.†   (source)
  • It smelled of harsh antiseptic; it smelled too clean and hard and metallic.†   (source)
  • Alan looked around the bathroom for something like a bandage or antiseptic.†   (source)
  • The only thing missing was the smell of antiseptic which, under the circumstance, was not reassuring.†   (source)
  • Now colors are gentler and fewer; smells are antiseptic.†   (source)
  • Antiseptic proficiency.†   (source)
  • Now, it appeared shabby and outmoded compared with the long, low, antiseptic citadels of glass, metal, and tinted block constructed by rich Northerners who for the past fifteen years had been "discovering" the Timucuan River.†   (source)
  • They're so antiseptic.†   (source)
  • He also takes an antiseptic wipe from his pocket and offers it to Tobias.†   (source)
  • All I hear, as Tobias applies antiseptic to his skin, is the wind.†   (source)
  • It looks more romantic than those antiseptic motels.†   (source)
  • The heat in the room seemed to build suddenly, the smell of antiseptic rising from every surface.†   (source)
  • The distinctive antiseptic tang in the air let me know that I was somewhere in the Medica.†   (source)
  • I just wish I had some antiseptic for that cut on her face.†   (source)
  • Caleb squeezes my palm as my father gets the antiseptic from the first aid kit.†   (source)
  • I sucked in air when she applied the antiseptic.†   (source)
  • Clarke had to find real bandages and antiseptic.†   (source)
  • I leap from the shadows into antiseptic white.†   (source)
  • The antiseptic smell inside made my stomach knot with nightmare memories of the School.†   (source)
  • There was an antiseptic quality about the room; hardness was everywhere.†   (source)
  • It's a clear night, moonless, filled with antiseptic stars.†   (source)
  • That chemical, antiseptic smell of alcohol, floor cleaner, plastic tubing.†   (source)
  • I smelled hospital antiseptic on everything.†   (source)
  • The nurse did as she was ordered and fled, leaving Holland and Alex alone in the antiseptic maze.†   (source)
  • I smelled the antiseptic and tried to squirm away.†   (source)
  • On top of that, an overlay of floor wash antiseptic, seeping in from the corridors beyond.†   (source)
  • "There's not enough alcohol in wine to be able to use it for antiseptic purposes," said Alec.†   (source)
  • Alec retrieved the blue bottle of antiseptic.†   (source)
  • As always, the smell of antiseptic filled the air.†   (source)
  • The distinct lack of an antiseptic smell was slightly encouraging, I decided.†   (source)
  • Putting any antiseptic on the wound will kill the bacteria and starve it.†   (source)
  • In the next moment he was dumping antiseptic into my wound, making me wince.†   (source)
  • "He needs antiseptic," Chubs said, "bandages, something—"†   (source)
  • This paying back of the antiseptic government for its literary terrors and conflagrations.†   (source)
  • It would be an excellent bug repellent, liniment, and preoperative skin antiseptic.†   (source)
  • He removed the blood-soaked dressings, washed out the wounds, and applied antiseptic cream and fresh bandages.†   (source)
  • Claude laid the clippers aside and rummaged through the bag, producing black suture thread and a needle, both of which he doused with antiseptic.†   (source)
  • By the time the nurse admits me into the waiting room, Hana is gone—vanished down one of the antiseptic white hallways and whisked behind one of the dozens of identical white doors—although there are about a halfdozen other girls milling around, waiting.†   (source)
  • Then I checked my denim bag, put in a bottle of antiseptic, Kevin's large bottle of Excedrin, and an old pocket knife to replace the switchblade.†   (source)
  • I guess I could sterilize it with an antiseptic wipe or wash it in the sink, but there's no time, and a dirty scalpel is the least of my worries.†   (source)
  • I squeezed great globs of the antiseptic ointment into the wound, and then, with Kate's help, starting wrapping it up in the fresh bandages, not too tightly.†   (source)
  • He stopped periodically to pour antiseptic over the pink skin he'd exposed, flushing loose hairs from her wound.†   (source)
  • I wipe the side of my neck with the antiseptic, but when he reaches out with the needle, I pull back.†   (source)
  • He removed the old dressings which Sarawa had given me and applied new antiseptic cream and fresh bandages.†   (source)
  • I went over to it, washed my knife in antiseptic, and hooked the drawstring of my bag over my shoulder.†   (source)
  • There was a sharp smell of antiseptic in the room, but Scott himself was a mess, a sweat patch on the back of his T-shirt, his jeans hanging loose on his hips as though they were too big for him.†   (source)
  • He liked the antiseptic smell of the place and the rows of prescription drugs on the shelves, like bottles of magic.†   (source)
  • The library was where he went to forget about the sickening smell of antiseptic, the beep of the heart monitor that, far from a sign of life, seemed like a countdown to death.†   (source)
  • One of the Erudite nurses stuffed some pain meds and antiseptic and gauze into her pockets before they took her down here, so it doesn't hurt too bad either," she says.†   (source)
  • At the house, I went straight to the well, got a bucket of water, carried it up the stairs somehow, then washed, spread antiseptic on my new cuts, and put on clean clothes.†   (source)
  • He cleansed and salved Epi's sutures every morning, and held warm compresses in place until they had cooled in his hands, leaving for school with his fingers stained brown from antiseptic.†   (source)
  • The air smelled of ammonia and antiseptic, the fluorescent lights cast a flat glare over the crowded waiting room.†   (source)
  • All around me, the smells of cold metal and antiseptic were awakening horrible memories I had buried deep a long time ago.†   (source)
  • "You know that wine is supposed to be for antiseptic purposes," Jace said, sprawling elegantly on the ground next to Alec.†   (source)
  • "I'll give you the simplified explanation of how this works," Matthew says as Nita brushes Tris's arm with antiseptic.†   (source)
  • The antiseptic smells, the hideous fluorescent lighting, the drawn, anxious faces …. it was a repeat of the weeks and months they'd spent in rooms identical to this one, during Bea's illness.†   (source)
  • They were in the sterile house, in the white-walled communications centre — in an antiseptic cell belonging to some futuristic laboratory complex.†   (source)
  • Scoops of chocolate in a metal cup frosted with ice, the whir of the blender; mingled scents of grilled meat and antiseptic.†   (source)
  • The nurse who dabs my arm with antiseptic is breathless and looks around at all the activity instead of at my wound.†   (source)
  • In an attempt to walk off fury, Casto paced up and down the antiseptic tiled corridor of the health center.†   (source)
  • They walked through what appeared to be a maze of antiseptic white walls broken up only by recessed white panels with glass knobs that denoted doors.†   (source)
  • 'Get gauze, tape, towels, antiseptic — for Christ's sake, anything you can find? yelled Conklin, limping, racing over to the fallen Chinese.†   (source)
  • The window ledge where I once watched the soggy fairies and chilblained snowflakes, breathing in the smell of snakes and antiseptic and mice, is now empty air.†   (source)
  • She dabs my forehead with antiseptic—they are so careful about germs here—and I feel the sting and prickle of the needle, diminishing by the second as the numbing agent does its work.†   (source)
  • He stirred again when we began cleaning the cuts and gouges on his face, reaching for my hand at the first touch of stinging antiseptic.†   (source)
  • We all had the same reaction: Anything antiseptic-smelling, hospitally, science labby, brought back years' worth of bad memories.†   (source)
  • The hallway was a glistening pristine white, antiseptic in its way, which was altogether proper, as this underground complex was a highly sophisticated medical center.†   (source)
  • And then out of one house into another, into seventeen houses, mindful that each of the towns in its turn was being burned clean of its horrors by the Firemen, antiseptic warriors with shovels and bins, shoveling away at the ebony tatters and peppermint-stick bones, slowly but assuredly separating the terrible from the normal; so they must play very hard, these boys, the Firemen would soon be here!†   (source)
  • He was the most typical figure of Gramarye, his tar being the antiseptic of his sheep.†   (source)
  • In the early twentieth century, the vision of a future society unbelievably rich, leisured, orderly, and efficient — a glittering antiseptic world of glass and steel and snow-white concrete — was part of the consciousness of nearly every literate person.†   (source)
  • Meanwhile the empty coffins, after being sprayed with antiseptic fluid, were rushed back to the hospital, and the process was repeated as often as necessary.†   (source)
  • I'll put you in that beautiful, antiseptic, sterile, six-million-dollar hospital, and wrap you in cellophane, untouched by human hands.†   (source)
  • In fact, he lived quite a while and died on a clean, white, antiseptic bed, with all the benefits of science.†   (source)
  • To lurk in the antiseptic shadows.†   (source)
  • …my hand on the glass of the door, and pushed, and left the street, where the air was hot and sticky like a Turkish bath and where the smell of gasoline fumes mixed with the brackish, dead-sweet smell of the river which crept into the city on still nights in summer, and entered the bright, crisp, antiseptic, cool world behind the glass where the smile was, for there is nothing brighter, crisper, more antiseptic, and cooler than a really first-rate corner drugstore on a hot summer night.†   (source)
  • It was the antiseptic odour of the dissecting-room.†   (source)
  • "If you cut yourself,' answered Newson, full of information, "wash it at once with antiseptic.†   (source)
  • "They put pepper instead of antiseptic on the wounds' "Mr.†   (source)
  • I stood motionless, a roll of antiseptic cotton in my hand unwinding and spilling itself down to the floor.†   (source)
  • Here we have a harmless antiseptic.†   (source)
  • I was the first man to take up this question armed with antiseptic surgery, and with a really scientific knowledge of the laws of growth.†   (source)
  • There was nothing I could do about the cracked metacarpal bones or the puncture wound except apply an antiseptic wash and a poultice and pray against a tetanus infection.†   (source)
  • Jamie was awake, grimacing slightly at the sting of the antiseptic solution on the raw cuts, but his eyelids were heavy and the blue eyes darkened with pain and weariness.†   (source)
  • Out of the bulk, the morbid and the shallow, Out of the bad majority, the varied countless frauds of men and states, Electric, antiseptic yet, cleaving, suffusing all, Only the good is universal.†   (source)
▲ show less (of above)

show 1 examples with meaning too rare to warrant focus
  • You shouldn't be in this antiseptic joint.   (source)
    antiseptic = unnatural
▲ show less (of above)