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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Out of respect for basin ecology, the compact set a hard path for diversions. Anna Clark, Twin Cities, "Anna Clark: Is Foxconn really worth risking a Great Lake?," 3 Sep. 2019 WeWork's first IPO filing leaves investors with a basin of questions. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Would You Invest In WeWork? Here’s the Bull and Bear Case Before Its IPO," 1 Sep. 2019 In recent years, population growth in the upper basin of the river has increased groundwater pumping by billions of gallons annually, levels that outpace river recharge by rainfall. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Recent UA study confirms groundwater pumping is drying up Arizona rivers'," 21 July 2019 Harmful algal blooms are rare in Cleveland, though the green slime shows up each summer in the western basin of Lake Erie, ravaging the tourism industry. Laura Johnston,, "How to check water quality at Cleveland beaches," 18 July 2019 Within the rocky basin of the Pacific, volcanoes and earthquakes have been causing death and destruction for millennia. National Geographic, "THE PACIFIC’S FIERY RING," 27 June 2019 To the east, the rising sun heats the surface air in the flat basin of California’s Central Valley. Marnie Old,, "Great Wine Values: Wente 'Morning Fog' chardonnay," 14 June 2018 Augusta National is nestled in a hollow, from the crest at the 18th green to the basin of Rae’s Creek, just in front of the 12th green. Stephanie Apstein,, "At Augusta, Tiger Woods Was Caught Between Being a Star and an Elder Statesman," 8 Apr. 2018 Catch basin debris is mixed with dust and other residues from Milorganite fertilizer production prior to disposal at a landfill. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Walker's Point residents to get relief from foul odors after sewerage district opts for Jones Island filters," 12 Mar. 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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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


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


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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