- a hollow or depression in the earth's surface, wholly or partly surrounded by higher land: river basin.
- drainage basin.
Origin of basin
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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.