- a hollow or depression in the earth's surface, wholly or partly surrounded by higher land: river basin.
- drainage basin.
- basin range,
- basing point,
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|DAILY BEAST
A lake may dry up in one region, but a new one can form when rains fill a basin elsewhere.
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|Erik Klemetti|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
He led her to a bench in the middle of the walk that runs about the basin.Pierre and Luce|Romain Rolland
He not only bore the basin of warm water but a towel as well.The Banner Boy Scouts Snowbound|George A. Warren
It is bounded on the north-east by the Kouenlun chain of mountains, by which it is separated from the basin of Yarkand.Western Himalaya and Tibet|Thomas Thomson
Suddenly I had a kind of vision, I know not why, of a basin filled with dirty water in which all that hair had been washed.Original Short Stories, Volume 5 (of 13)|Guy de Maupassant
Standing in the midst, propped between a basin and a cup, was the unframed photograph of a woman.A Sheaf of Corn|Mary E. Mann
Word Origin 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.