- a circular container with a greater width than depth, becoming smaller toward the bottom, used chiefly to hold water or other liquid, especially for washing.
- any container of similar shape, as the pan of a balance.
- the quantity held by such a container: We need another basin of water to dilute the mixture.
- a natural or artificial hollow place containing water.
- a partially enclosed, sheltered area along a shore, often partly man-made or dredged to a greater depth, where boats may be moored: a yacht basin.
- Geology. an area in which the strata dip from the margins toward a common center.
- Physical Geography.
- a hollow or depression in the earth's surface, wholly or partly surrounded by higher land: river basin.
- drainage basin.
- Botany. the depression in an apple, pear, or other pome at the end opposite the stem.
Origin of basin
Examples from the Web for basin
Another boy walks around and offers a water jug and basin for everyone to wash their hands.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
A lake may dry up in one region, but a new one can form when rains fill a basin elsewhere.A Cloud Forms Over Saturn’s Mysterious Moon
Matthew R. Francis
August 17, 2014
A pair of magnitude 4-5 earthquakes in the Los Angeles basin.A Lot of Earthquakes Have Been Reported Lately, but Scientists Aren’t Worried
April 2, 2014
At the same instant he plunged his hand into the basin and drew out the flower.
He picked up an Easter lily which Geneviève had brought that morning from Notre Dame, and dropped it into the basin.
To-day the basin of the Luxembourg is bright with little boats.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
This basin was in the center of the atrium, the most important room in the house.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
"They always do," said Miss Desmond, pouring water into the basin.The Incomplete Amorist
Her mother moaned when Alice showed them to her, fragrant in a basin of water.Alice Adams
Take a basin of water and a sponge, Fred, and wash the dust off.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- a round container open and wide at the top with sides sloping inwards towards the bottom or base, esp one in which liquids are mixed or stored
- Also called: basinful the amount a basin will hold
- a washbasin or sink
- any partially enclosed or sheltered area where vessels may be moored or docked
- the catchment area of a particular river and its tributaries or of a lake or sea
- a depression in the earth's surface
- geology a part of the earth's surface consisting of rock strata that slope down to a common centre
Word Origin and History for basin
"large shallow vessel or dish," c.1200, from Old French bacin (11c., Modern French bassin), from Vulgar Latin *baccinum, from *bacca "water vessel," perhaps originally Gaulish. Meaning "large-scale artificial water-holding landscape feature" is from 1712. Geological sense of "tract of country drained by one river or draining into one sea" is from 1830.
- A region drained by a river and its tributaries.
- A low-lying area on the Earth's surface in which thick layers of sediment have accumulated. Some basins are bowl-shaped while others are elongate. Basins form through tectonic processes, especially in fault-bordered intermontane areas or in areas where the Earth's crust has warped downwards. They are often a source of valuable oil.
- An artificially enclosed area of a river or harbor designed so that the water level remains unaffected by tidal changes.