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 basinb chiefly British : a bowl used especially in cookingc : 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 tideb : 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 Seab : the entire tract of country drained by a river and its tributaries flooding in the Amazon river basinc : 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
basinalplay \-sən-əl\ adjective
basinedplay \-sənd\ adjective
basinfulplay \-ˌfu̇l\ 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.
Recent Examples of basin from the Web
It’s also home to many endemic fish in the Volta River basin.
Natural gas from American shale basins is flooding the global market, reaching customers from China to the Dominican Republic, and more is on the way as Cheniere prepares to start up a fourth plant at Sabine Pass.
This commits members to binding rules on managing their common resources, including not diverting water from the Great Lakes basin, which holds roughly 6,000 trillion gallons of water, the world’s largest such resource.
Numerous creeks and basins, like the Paerdegat, penetrate upland from the bay, putting surrounding areas at risk of flooding.
Westpac’s new policy also restricts investment to existing coal-producing basins.
The hawks forage in various places around the Natomas basin, but, as development continues, nesting areas will be reduced, forcing more birds into limited sites, including the one next to the airport.
State officials predict the diversion will introduce about 70 million tons of sediment to the basin over 50 years.
At that point, the Gulf was probably a separate basin that was filled with seawater that later evaporated, leaving a blanket of salt behind.
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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
First Known Use: 13th century
BASIN Defined for English Language Learners
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
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 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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