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basin

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noun ba·sin \ˈbā-sən\

Simple Definition of basin

  • : 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. 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. 2 a :  a dock built in a tidal river or harbor b :  an enclosed or partly enclosed water area

  3. 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. 4 :  a broad area of the earth beneath which the strata dip usually from the sides toward the center

ba·sin·al play \-sən-əl\ adjective
ba·sined play \-sənd\ adjective
ba·sin·ful play \-ˌfu̇l\ 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

Rhymes with basin


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basin

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noun ba·sin \ˈbās-ən\

Medical Definition of basin

  1. 1:  an open usually circular vessel with sloping or curving sides used typically for holding water for washing

  2. 2:  the quantity contained in a basin




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