basin

37 ENTRIES FOUND:

ba·sin

noun \ˈbā-sən\

: a kitchen sink

: a large bowl that is used for mixing, cooking, or serving food

: the amount contained in a basin

Full Definition of BASIN

1
a :  an open usually circular vessel with sloping or curving sides used typically for holding water for washing
b chiefly British :  a bowl used especially in cooking
c :  the quantity contained in a basin
2
a :  a dock built in a tidal river or harbor
b :  an enclosed or partly enclosed water area
3
a :  a large or small depression in the surface of the land or in the ocean floor
b :  the entire tract of country drained by a river and its tributaries
c :  a great depression in the surface of the lithosphere occupied by an ocean
4
:  a broad area of the earth beneath which the strata dip usually from the sides toward the center
ba·sin·al \-sən-əl\ adjective
ba·sined \-sənd\ adjective
ba·sin·ful \-ˌfl\ noun

Examples of BASIN

  1. a basin of cold water
  2. the drainage basin of a river
  3. the Great Basin of the western U.S.

Origin of BASIN

Middle English, from Anglo-French bacin, from Late Latin bacchinon
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

Rhymes with BASIN

ba·sin

noun \ˈbās-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BASIN

1
: an open usually circular vessel with sloping or curving sides used typically for holding water for washing
2
: the quantity contained in a basin

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: basinet
Previous Word in the Dictionary: basilweed
All Words Near: basin

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up basin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).