ba·​sin | \ ˈbā-sᵊn How to pronounce basin (audio) \

Definition of basin

1a : an open usually circular vessel with sloping or curving sides used typically for holding water for washing a new washstand and basin
b chiefly British : a bowl used especially in cooking
c : the quantity contained in a basin spilled a basin of water on the floor
2a : a dock built in a harbor or a river that is noticeably affected by the tide
b : an enclosed or partly enclosed water area

3 geography

a : a large or small depression in the surface of the land or in the ocean floor the relatively shallow basin of the Baltic Sea
b : the entire tract of country drained by a river and its tributaries flooding in the Amazon river basin
c : a great depression in the surface of the lithosphere occupied by an ocean
4 geology : a broad area of the earth beneath which the strata (see stratum sense 2a) dip usually from the sides toward the center

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Other Words from basin

basinal \ ˈbā-​sᵊn-​əl How to pronounce basinal (audio) \ adjective
basined \ ˈbā-​sᵊnd How to pronounce basined (audio) \ adjective
basinful \ ˈbā-​sᵊn-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce basinful (audio) \ noun

Examples of basin in a Sentence

a basin of cold water the drainage basin of a river the Great Basin of the western U.S.
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But no nation is more a guardian of the forest than Brazil, home to 60 percent of the Amazon basin. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, "The price of ‘progress’ in the Amazon," 28 June 2019 In 2018, these two finalists had edged ahead of other mission candidates that included explorations of a basin on the moon, the surface of Venus and a trip to another Saturn moon, the icy Enceladus. Richard Tribou,, "NASA to send flying drone Dragonfly to Saturn moon Titan," 27 June 2019 Tahoe Convoy bus riders can use ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft, as well as taxis or one of the basin’s two bus companies to take them to their final destinations, Riessen said. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "A new luxury shuttle will take skiers to Tahoe. It won’t stop in Sacramento – for now," 25 Jan. 2018 His team ran a computer simulation that took the data from Huamantanga and applied it to the Rimac River basin, which waters the Lima. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient Peruvian engineering could help solve modern water shortages," 24 June 2019 And that slide-y thing at the bottom of the grill basin, under your charcoal? Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "How to Work the Vents and Lid of Your Grill: A Need-to-Know Guide," 21 June 2019 Because it’s dissolved, the phosphorus is easier to consume by bacteria in the lake’s western basin, leading to green algae blooms that are so big they can now be seen from space. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, "Smoke on the Water: 50 Years After the Cuyahoga Fire," 20 June 2019 The problem facing the Catholic church in the Amazon basin, then, is simply a worldwide problem writ large. Erasmus, The Economist, "Why Pope Francis may open the door to married priests," 18 June 2019 In at least four of Colorado’s eight river basins, that figure is over 1,000 percent. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado snowpack is at 751 percent. But the images truly tell the story.," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of basin

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for basin

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French bacin, going back to Vulgar Latin *baccīnum (whence Hellenized Late Latin bacchinon "disk with two wooden dishes"), derivative from a base *bak- or *bakk- (whence Latin bacar, bacriō "kind of vessel," early Medieval Latin bacarium, baccarium, becario "pitcher, vessel"), of obscure origin

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English Language Learners Definition of basin

chiefly British : a kitchen sink
British : a large bowl that is used for mixing, cooking, or serving food
: the amount contained in a basin


ba·​sin | \ ˈbā-sᵊn How to pronounce basin (audio) \

Kids Definition of basin

1 : a wide shallow usually round dish or bowl for holding liquids
2 : the amount that a basin holds a basin of cold water
3 : the land drained by a river and its branches
4 : a partly enclosed area of water for anchoring ships


ba·​sin | \ ˈbās-ᵊn How to pronounce basin (audio) \

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

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