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 water basin itself is inlaid with butterfly mosaics, while the surrounding glass walls and floors feature pill decals. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Inside the World’s Most Expensive Hotel Suite, Designed by Damien Hirst," 1 Mar. 2019 Officials received $345 million last summer to build detention basins, a flood wall and pumping station, beginning in 2020 and expected to be completed in 2023, Alexander said. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher And Audrey Mcavoy, Fox News, "Hurricane Lane floods homes as others take to the waves," 24 Aug. 2018 Ayahuasca in the Quechua language means the vine of the soul — or death, depending on the translation — and it has been used for hundreds of years by indigenous communities throughout the Amazon basin, mostly in religious rituals. Franklin Briceno, chicagotribune.com, "Psychedelic tourism thrives in Peru despite recent killing," 8 June 2018 That has attracted producers including EOG Resources Inc., which operated an average of two drilling rigs in the basin in 2018. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "Chesapeake Energy, Fracking Pioneer, Bet on Oil. Then Prices Plunged," 1 Jan. 2019 Mare Orientale is the moon’s youngest impact basin, ringed by circular mountain ranges nearly 600 miles in diameter. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Tourist's Guide to Space," 12 Mar. 2019 Companies in 2017 extracted about 334 million tons of coal in the basin, where excavators scrape coal from rich seams in walls of earth. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Miners Cut Back in Largest U.S. Coal Region," 31 Dec. 2018 The mess began overflowing into catch basins, which then flooded into the river, Silva said. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Several clamming areas still closed after huge sewage spill in Essex," 30 May 2018 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

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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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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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