basin

noun ba·sin \ ˈbā-sᵊn \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of basin

1 a :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
2 a :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 2a) dip usually from the sides toward the center

basinal

play \-sᵊn-əl\ adjective

basined

play \-sᵊnd\ adjective

basinful

play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun

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.

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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


BASIN Defined for English Language Learners

basin

noun

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

noun ba·sin \ ˈbā-sᵊn \

Definition of basin for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

basin

noun ba·sin \ ˈbās-ᵊn \

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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