Definitions for: Basin


[n] a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids; "she mixed the dough in a large basin"
[n] a bathroom or lavatory sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you wash your hands and face; "he ran some water in the basin and splashed it on his face"
[n] the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries; "flood control in the Missouri basin"
[n] 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"
[n] the quantity that a basin will hold; "a basinful of water"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ba"sin, n. [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.]
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. (Physical Geog.)
(a) 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.
(b) The entire tract of country drained by a river, or
sloping towards a sea or lake.

6. (Geol.) 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.

Synonyms: basinful, lavatory, river basin, washstand

See Also: baptismal font, baptistery, baptistry, bidet, birdbath, cirque, containerful, corrie, cwm, depression, emesis basin, font, geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region, handbasin, lavabo, laver, natural depression, saltpan, sink, stoop, stoup, tidal basin, vessel, washbasin, washbowl, wash-hand basin

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