basin

[ bey-suhn ]
/ ˈbeɪ sən /

noun

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Origin of basin

1175–1225; Middle English bacin<Old French <Late Latin bac(c)īnum (bacc(a) water vessel, back3 + -īnum-ine1); perhaps further related in Latin to beaker

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British Dictionary definitions for basin

basin
/ (ˈbeɪsən) /

noun

Word Origin for basin

C13: from Old French bacin, from Late Latin bacchīnon, from Vulgar Latin bacca (unattested) container for water; related to Latin bāca berry
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Scientific definitions for basin

basin
[ bāsĭn ]

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.
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