Definition of Basin

1. Noun. A bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids. "She mixed the dough in a large basin"

2. Noun. The quantity that a basin will hold. "A basinful of water"
Exact synonyms: Basinful
Generic synonyms: Containerful

3. Noun. A natural depression in the surface of the land often with a lake at the bottom of it. "The basin of the Great Salt Lake"
Specialized synonyms: Cirque, Corrie, Cwm, Saltpan, Tidal Basin
Generic synonyms: Depression, Natural Depression

4. Noun. The entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries; an area characterized by all runoff being conveyed to the same outlet. "Flood control in the Missouri basin"

5. Noun. A bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face. "He ran some water in the basin and splashed it on his face"
Exact synonyms: Lavatory, Washbasin, Washbowl, Washstand
Generic synonyms: Sink

Definition of Basin

1. n. A hollow vessel or dish, to hold water for washing, and for various other uses.

Definition of Basin

1. Noun. A bowl for washing, often affixed to a wall. ¹

2. Noun. (geography) An area of land from which water drains into a specific river. ¹

3. Noun. (geography) A rock formation scooped out by water erosion. ¹

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Definition of Basin

1. a large bowl [n -S] : BASINAL, BASINED [adj]

Medical Definition of Basin

1. 1. A hollow vessel or dish, to hold water for washing, and for various other uses. 2. The quantity contained in a basin. 3. A hollow vessel, of various forms and materials, used in the arts or manufactures, as that used by glass grinders for forming concave glasses, by hatters for molding a hat into shape, etc. 4. A hollow place containing water, as a pond, a dock for ships, a little bay. 5. A circular or oval valley, or depression of the surface of the ground, the lowest part of which is generally occupied by a lake, or traversed by a river. The entire tract of country drained by a river, or sloping towards a sea or lake. 6. An isolated or circumscribed formation, particularly where the strata dip inward, on all sides, toward a center; especially applied to the coal formations, called coal basins or coal fields. Origin: OF. Bacin, F. Bassin, LL. Bacchinus, fr. Bacca a water vessel, fr. L. Bacca berry, in allusion to the round shape; or perh. Fr. Celtic. Cf. Bac. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Basin

basin (current term)
basin of attraction
basinasal line

Literary usage of Basin

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1907)
"Remarks and testimony re. contracts on Albany basin of Erie Canal. ... Communication from auditor on improvement of Albany basin. 4 pp. (Sen. doc. ..."

2. Bulletin by Ghana Geological Survey (1898)
"... basin is very simple and apart from some slight deformation and faulting, the strata are still in the attitudes in which they were deposited. ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1899)
"Mr. AW Grabau gave a résumé of the paleontology of the Boston basin. ... Thus, the Fusidic of the Paris basin appear to have developed independently from ..."

4. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1879)
"These limits enclose a mountainous region which is 420 miles in length by about 250 in its greatest breadth. The basin of the Helmund ..."

5. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1905)
"These series show a constant temperature down to 20 feet in each case, but the water in the deep western basin was 2'J warmer than in the other two basins. ..."

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