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What do you call the circular thing inside a bathtub? In the picture above, it's submerged in the water. What do you call that thing, right below the faucet?


That is the tub drain overflow plate, though it's actually above the drain, not the faucet. (The opening in this plate leads to a tube that prevents the tub from overflowing by allowing water to run out even if the drain in the bottom of the tub is stopped.)

  • Sorry, I meant below.
    – blackbird
    Jun 7 '19 at 0:08
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    It's below the spout – the faucets are the things one twists to turn the water on and off, though many native speakers also get that wrong.
    – Nanigashi
    Jun 7 '19 at 0:09
  • *It is coverd by a hair-strainer in the photo, a device intended to allow water to pass through, but prevent hair from getting into and clogging a drain. Jun 7 '19 at 0:23
  • Oh, I see! I've never seen a strainer like that and assumed it was a device to intentionally defeat the overflow mechanism. I'll edit that part out of my answer.
    – Nanigashi
    Jun 7 '19 at 0:30

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