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 basin (audio) \ adjective
basined \ ˈbā-​sᵊnd How to pronounce basin (audio) \ adjective
basinful \ ˈbā-​sᵊn-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce basin (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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Recent Examples on the Web Arizona stands to lose more than any other state in the Colorado River basin that also takes in parts of Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Nevada and California. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Arizona positioned to take on cuts in Colorado River supply," 29 Apr. 2021 The water level in Lake Mendocino, which feeds the Russian River basin, is at 43% of its normal capacity for the date. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, "Newsom declares drought emergency - but only for Sonoma and Mendocino counties," 21 Apr. 2021 Grass carp are found throughout the Ohio River basin. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, "Why honeysuckle (yes, honeysuckle), carp and other 'nuisance species' threaten Kentucky," 25 Mar. 2021 The only Alabama heritage site recognized by the National Parks Service is in the Tennessee River basin and encompasses Muscle Shoals and Florence. al, "Alabama’s hidden history: How the U.S. 43 project could fuel tourism," 15 Mar. 2021 And the Milwaukee Riverkeeper is holding its annual cleanup day April 26 at more than 70 locations throughout the Milwaukee River basin. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee residents encouraged to volunteer for citywide trash cleanup event Friday," 11 Mar. 2021 Army Corps of Engineers officials say the Cuyahoga River basin gets 7 inches more rain each year than it did in the 1960s, with an average increase of .12 inches each year. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "Cuyahoga River to be preserved by making it more crooked, federal authorities say," 7 Oct. 2020 Historical shipping logs show that industrial companies in Southern California used the basin as a dumping ground until 1972, when the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, also known as the Ocean Dumping Act, was enacted. Julie Watson, ajc, "Scientists: Up to 25,000 barrels at DDT dump site in Pacific," 27 Apr. 2021 The students will work with instructors in cleaning the channel that goes behind the main Draft stage, the North Coast Harbor inner basin and a portion of the waterline at Burke Lakefront Airport. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "NFL Draft to host plethora of community events in Cleveland: See the list," 21 Apr. 2021

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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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11 May 2021

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“Basin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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