basin

noun
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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The Chang’e 4 also aims to conduct studies involving the impact of solar wind on the lunar landscape, radio-frequency tests from the basin using a relay satellite, and an investigation into the presence of water at the poles. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Seeds Have Sprouted on the Moon for the Very First Time," 15 Jan. 2019 The ice sits on rock that's below sea level in large basins. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Major Antarctic ice sheet shrank when it wasn’t much warmer than now," 20 Sep. 2018 Per meteorologist Bob Henson of Weather Underground, only five storms with the same name have reached Category 5 status in different ocean basins. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "Maria explodes into super typhoon in the western Pacific and may hit China next week," 6 July 2018 In some wide river basins where flooding inundated hundreds of thousands of acres of prime bottomland deer habitat, losses of fawns were devastating. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Texas’ deer population would welcome good soaking," 16 June 2018 Unlike in, say, deepwater basins off Africa or Asia, the goal in the Permian isn’t so much to find the oil, because the oil here in West Texas long ago was found. Jeffrey Ball, Fortune, "Photographing The Permian Basin," 25 May 2018 Snowpack in all Oregon basins sit much below normal as of March 1, and summer water shortages are likely in some spots unless Oregon receives abundant rain and snow this spring. Jim Ryan, OregonLive.com, "Oregon snowpack remains low despite February snow, report says," 8 Mar. 2018 Not only would that reduce urban heat and help store rain in groundwater basins, but the green spaces also can be opened to the public to help integrate the city’s newest residents into French society, Berkowitz said. Rong-gong Lin Ii, latimes.com, "Garcetti wants better earthquake safety for L.A.'s day care centers, private schools and steel towers," 2 Mar. 2018 Columbia Pictures, which Sony acquired in 1989, had previously leased the property, which is located along a basin near the Jamaica Bay. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Lawsuit Says Cleanup of Recycling Plant Threatens $1 Billion Worth of Sony Pictures Films," 30 Dec. 2018

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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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The first known use of basin was in the 13th century

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basin

noun

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

basin

noun
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

basin

noun
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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