basin

noun
ba·​sin | \ ˈbā-sᵊn \

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 \ adjective
basined \ ˈbā-​sᵊnd \ adjective
basinful \ ˈbā-​sᵊn-​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.
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Naturally, rain often falls into catchments, or drainage basins. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Will Bring Us Heavy Rains and Droughts at the Same Time," 14 Dec. 2018 One of their wash-basins for plastic is a bathtub also found on the beach. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, "Huge sea-life sculptures made from ocean’s plastic trash," 30 July 2018 Researchers running the scientific instrument and communications satellite called Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured images of an ancient lakebed on the red planet, in the region called Eridania basin. Shannon Stirone, WIRED, "Space Photos of the Week: Mars Has Spiders in the Springtime," 14 July 2018 After more cars and light trucks came into the Port of Baltimore in May than any month before, port officials are planning to turn an unused basin into a storage facility to handle the growing car shipments. Gal Tziperman Lotan, baltimoresun.com, "Port of Baltimore plans expansion for growing car shipments," 10 July 2018 Louisville has more than 12,000 homes in flood-prone areas and its flood storage basins – many built since the devasting 1997 flood – helped keep hundreds of homes dry, said Bingham. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "As the Ohio River recedes, more rain is coming as region faces 'tremendous cleanup'," 26 Feb. 2018 Its massive Amazon basin is the world’s last terrestrial frontier. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Struggling to Balance Business and Conservation in the Amazon Basin," 9 Feb. 2018 That includes chinook stocks from the Puget Sound in Washington and the Columbia River basin that straddles Oregon and Washington. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "International 10-year salmon preservation plan advances," 18 Sep. 2018 Unusual floods struck throughout the basin during winter 2015–16, and more swamped parts of Illinois, Arkansas and Missouri after torrential rains in 2017. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, "Taming the Mighty Mississippi May Have Caused Bigger Floods," 10 Apr. 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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basin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of basin

: a kitchen sink

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

: the amount contained in a basin

basin

noun
ba·​sin | \ ˈbā-sᵊn \

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 \

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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