- a hollow or depression in the earth's surface, wholly or partly surrounded by higher land: river basin.
- drainage basin.
Origin of basin
Related Words for basinpot, bowl, pan, lagoon, valley, pool, watershed, tub, gulf, bay, sag, hollow, ewer, concavity, sink, vessel, hole, sinkhole, dip, depression
Examples from the Web for basin
Contemporary Examples of 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.
Historical Examples of 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
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.