basin meaning

[ 'beisən ] Pronunciation:   "basin" in a sentence
Noun: basin  beysun
  1. A bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids
    "she mixed the dough in a large basin" 
  2. The quantity that a basin will hold
    - basinful 
  3. A natural depression in the surface of the land often with a lake at the bottom of it
    "the basin of the Great Salt Lake" 
  4. The entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries; an area characterized by all runoff being conveyed to the same outlet
    "flood control in the Missouri basin"
    - river basin, watershed, drainage basin, catchment area, catchment basin, drainage area 
  5. A bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face
    "he ran some water in the basin and splashed it on his face"
    - washbasin, washbowl, washstand, lavatory

Derived forms: basins

See also: basinal

Type of: containerful, depression, geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region, natural depression, sink, vessel

Encyclopedia: Basin, MT Basin Basin, Montana Basin, Wyoming Basin, WY


A somewhat shallow vessel for holding water (or the like).


A shallow tank or natural or artificial depression containing water.

1 : an open usu. circular vessel with sloping or curving sides used typically for holding water for washing
2 : the quantity contained in a basin


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  1. the tuffaceous blanketed the entire basin.
  2. you transfer the solution to an evaporating basin.
  3. the dredge sat in the boat basin.
  4. the basin fell with a crash.
  5. she barked elbows and knees on the cold-water basin.

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