basin

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noun ba·sin \ˈbā-sən\

Definition of basin

  1. 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 cookingc :  the quantity contained in a basin <spilled a basin of water on the floor>

  2. 2a :  a dock built in a harbor or a river that is noticeably affected by the tideb :  an enclosed or partly enclosed water area

  3. 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. 4 geology :  a broad area of the earth beneath which the strata (see stratum 2a) dip usually from the sides toward the center

basinal

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basined

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basinful

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Examples of basin in a sentence

  1. a basin of cold water

  2. the drainage basin of a river

  3. the Great Basin of the western U.S.

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 13th century


BASIN Defined for English Language Learners

basin

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noun ba·sin \ˈbā-sən\

Definition of basin for English Language Learners

  • : a kitchen sink

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

  • : the amount contained in a basin


BASIN Defined for Kids

basin

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noun ba·sin \ˈbā-sən\

Definition of basin for Students

  1. 1 :  a wide shallow usually round dish or bowl for holding liquids

  2. 2 :  the amount that a basin holds <a basin of cold water>

  3. 3 :  the land drained by a river and its branches

  4. 4 :  a partly enclosed area of water for anchoring ships


Medical Dictionary

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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