Definition of basin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbās(ə)n/


1A bowl for washing, typically attached to a wall and having faucets connected to a water supply; a washbasin.
Example sentences
  • ‘I liked the traditional idea of washing with a basin and ewer,’ he reflects.
  • To the right of the fireplace was a washing basin, filled to the brim with crisp water form the well for the workers.
  • After finishing breakfast she washed the plates in the water basin, along with the bowl that Checkers had licked clean, and returned them to their proper places.
bowl, dish, pan;
sink, washtub
2A wide, round open container, especially one used for holding liquid.
Example sentences
  • People saw them turn over her basins of food and all the tofu products, eggs and all, splashed on the ground.
  • Put the cream cheese, mascarpone, caster sugar, eggs and the extra yolk in the basin of a food mixer (you will need the beater attachment).
  • Some of his flagons, tankards, plates, saucers, salts, basins, and chamber pots, although unspecified as to material, were undoubtedly also made of pewter.
3A natural depression on the earth’s surface, typically containing water: the Indian Ocean basin
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  • The lower basin needed that water to ship a few barges of grain and other commodities along the channelized river.
  • The lock is a popular angling pitch, as it provides a natural basin and is usually rich in salmon and trout.
  • Jutting mountains and low basins form a range of habitats suitable for a broad spectrum of terrestrial and freshwater species.
valley, hollow, dip, depression
3.1The tract of country that is drained by a river and its tributaries or drains into a lake or sea: the Amazon basin a drainage basin
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  • The team was on the 17 April flight to seed clouds in the Walker and Carson river basins south of Lake Tahoe.
  • Assistance to the Land Forces in defensive and offensive operations in coastal sectors, as well as in areas of lake and river basins adjacent to the front.
  • Both species are distributed widely across eastern North America, including the Great Lakes and Ohio River drainage basins.
3.2An enclosed area of water where vessels can be moored: a yacht basin
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  • He returned to his boat at the yacht basin and fell into the water after feeling ill as he boarded the boat.
  • The marine development proposed by Smith & Son Investments will consist of an ocean marina with a yacht basin.
  • Some had ventured beyond the yacht basin, but few had gone further than Port of Spain.
3.3 Geology A circumscribed area within which the rock strata dip toward the center.
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  • These basins were interpreted to contain thick Old Red Sandstone sediments and to have resulted from the extensional collapse of thickened Caledonian crust.
  • In other parts of the Selendi and Usak-Gure basins, the group contains only tilted sedimentary units due to the extensional tectonics in the region.
  • These polygonal basins contain up to 6 km of sediment overlying a salt layer several kilometres thick.



Pronunciation: /ˈbāsnˌfo͝ol/
Example sentences
  • Private houses generally contributed a halfpenny a week, and farmers gave a basinful or a nogin of flour.
  • Huge basinfuls of the stuff wrapped in fresh banana leaves, were eaten with some fresh, hot palm oil stew.
  • We often went down on a Sunday to scoop up basinfuls of capelin when they washed ashore.


Middle English: from Old French bacin, from medieval Latin bacinus, from bacca 'water container', perhaps of Gaulish origin.

Words that rhyme with basin

caisson, chasten, diapason, hasten, Jason, mason

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Syllabification: ba·sin

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