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ba·sin

 (bā′sĭn)
n.
1.
a. An open, shallow, usually round container used especially for holding liquids.
b. The amount that such a vessel can hold.
2. A washbowl; a sink.
3.
a. A body of water that is connected to the sea and is partially or almost completely enclosed by land.
b. A small body of water that is artificially enclosed.
4. See watershed.
5. Geology
a. A broad tract of land in which the rock strata are tilted toward a common center.
b. A large, bowl-shaped depression in the surface of the land or ocean floor.

[Middle English, from Old French bacin, from Vulgar Latin *baccīnum, from *baccus, container, of Celtic origin.]

ba′sin·al adj.
ba′sined (-sĭnd) adj.

basin

(ˈbeɪsən)
n
1. a round container open and wide at the top with sides sloping inwards towards the bottom or base, esp one in which liquids are mixed or stored
2. Also called: basinful the amount a basin will hold
3. a washbasin or sink
4. (Nautical Terms) any partially enclosed or sheltered area where vessels may be moored or docked
5. (Physical Geography) the catchment area of a particular river and its tributaries or of a lake or sea
6. (Physical Geography) a depression in the earth's surface
7. (Geological Science) geology a part of the earth's surface consisting of rock strata that slope down to a common centre
[C13: from Old French bacin, from Late Latin bacchīnon, from Vulgar Latin bacca (unattested) container for water; related to Latin bāca berry]

ba•sin

(ˈbeɪ sən)

n.
1. a circular container with a greater width than depth, used chiefly to hold water for washing.
2. the quantity held by such a container.
3. a natural or artificial hollow place containing water.
4. a partially enclosed, sheltered area along a shore where boats may be moored: a yacht basin.
5.
a. a hollow or depression in the earth's surface.
b. an area in which rock strata dip inward toward a common center; a circular or elliptical syncline.
[1175–1225; Middle English bacin < Old French < Late Latin bac(c)īnum, derivative of bacc(a) water vessel]
ba′sin•al, adj.
ba′sined, adj.
ba′sin•like`, adj.

ba·sin

(bā′sĭn)
1. An enclosed area filled with water.
2. A region drained by a river and the streams that flow into it.
3. A low-lying area on the Earth's surface in which thick layers of sediment have accumulated. Some basins are bowl-shaped, and others are shaped like long valleys that have been filled in. Basins are important because they are often a source of valuable oil.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.basin - a bowl-shaped vesselbasin - a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids; "she mixed the dough in a large basin"
aspersorium - the basin or other vessel that holds holy water in Roman Catholic Churches
baptismal font, baptistery, baptistry, font - bowl for baptismal water
bidet - a basin for washing genitals and anal area
birdbath - an ornamental basin (usually in a garden) for birds to bathe in
emesis basin - a basin used by bedridden patients for vomiting
laver - (Old Testament) large basin used by a priest in an ancient Jewish temple to perform ritual ablutions
stoop, stoup - basin for holy water
vessel - an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
handbasin, lavabo, wash-hand basin, washbasin, washbowl - a basin for washing the hands (`wash-hand basin' is a British expression)
2.basin - the quantity that a basin will holdbasin - the quantity that a basin will hold; "a basinful of water"
containerful - the quantity that a container will hold
3.basin - 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"
cirque, corrie, cwm - a steep-walled semicircular basin in a mountain; may contain a lake
natural depression, depression - a sunken or depressed geological formation
saltpan - a shallow basin in a desert region; contains salt and gypsum that was deposited by an evaporated salt lake
tidal basin - a basin that is full of water at high tide
4.basin - the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributariesbasin - 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"
detention basin - a storage site (such as a small reservoir) that delays the flow of water downstream
retention basin - a storage site similar to a detention basin but the water in storage is permanently obstructed from flowing downstream
5.basin - a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipebasin - 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"
sink - plumbing fixture consisting of a water basin fixed to a wall or floor and having a drainpipe

basin

noun
1. bowl, dish, vessel, container, receptacle a pudding basin
2. washbasin, sink a cast-iron bath with a matching basin and WC
3. valley, hollow, gorge, ravine the Amazon basin
4. bed, depression, trough, concavity countries around the Pacific Basin

basin

noun
1. The region drained by a river system:
2. An area sunk below its surroundings:
Translations
حَوْضحَوْضُ السُّفُنحَوْضُ النَّهْر أو البُحَيْرَهحَوْض، طسْتصَحْنٌ واسِعٌ
umyvadloumývadlovnitřní přístavmísamiska
bassinhåndvaskskålvaskbækken
allasammepesuallassyvänne
umivaonik
kikötõmedencemedence
hafnarkvíòvottaskál, vaskafat, vaskurskálvatnasvæîi
たらい入り江洗面器流域盆地
대야
baseinasdubenėlisdubuo
baseinsbļodalēzens traukslīcistrauks
povodievnútorný prístav
posodaumivalnik
tvättfat
อ่างน้ำ
leğenhavzakoybüyük kapgemi havuzu
chậu

basin

[ˈbeɪsn] N
1. (Culin) → bol m, cuenco m
2. (= washbasin) → palangana f; (in bathroom) → lavabo m; [of fountain] → taza f
3. (Geog) → cuenca f; [of port] → dársena f

basin

[ˈbeɪsən] n
(to hold water)cuvette f
[river] → bassin m
the Amazon basin → le bassin amazonien
(British) (= bowl) (small)bol m; (bigger)saladier m
(also washbasin) → lavabo m

basin

n
(= vessel)Schüssel f; (= wash basin)(Wasch)becken nt; (of fountain)Becken nt
(Geog) → Becken nt; (= harbour basin)Hafenbecken nt; (= yacht basin)Jachthafen m; (= hollow between mountains also)Kessel m

basin

[ˈbeɪsn] n (Brit) (for food) → terrina; (washbasin) → lavabo, lavandino (Geog) → bacino

basin

(ˈbeisn) noun
1. a bowl for washing oneself in. a wash-hand basin.
2. a wide, open dish for preparing food in. a pudding-basin.
3. the area drained by a river. the basin of the Nile.
4. the deep part of a harbour. There were four yachts anchored in the harbour basin.

basin

حَوْض umývadlo bassin Becken λεκάνη cuenco, taza allas bassine umivaonik vasca 洗面器 대야 kom vask miska bacia миска tvättfat อ่างน้ำ leğen chậu

ba·sin

1. n. vasija redonda tal como una palangana;
2. cavidad de la pelvis.

basin

n vasija, palangana; emesis — riñonera, recipiente m para vómito(s)
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Tegetmeier, I separated two combs, and put between them a long, thick, square strip of wax: the bees instantly began to excavate minute circular pits in it; and as they deepened these little pits, they made them wider and wider until they were converted into shallow basins, appearing to the eye perfectly true or parts of a sphere, and of about the diameter of a cell.
Shut up in the desolate circuit of these basins, you would think a free ship would droop and die like a wild bird put into a dirty cage.
The declivity of the upper surface, from the circumference to the centre, is the natural cause why all the dews and rains, which fall upon the island, are conveyed in small rivulets toward the middle, where they are emptied into four large basins, each of about half a mile in circuit, and two hundred yards distant from the centre.
Knightleys were as unpersuadable on that article as herself;and two basins only were ordered.
The refectory was a great, low-ceiled, gloomy room; on two long tables smoked basins of something hot, which, however, to my dismay, sent forth an odour far from inviting.
But, beautiful as it was, I could only take a rapid glance at the basin whose superficial area is two million of square yards.
In that neighbourhood there were two villages, one of them so small that it had neither apothecary's shop nor barber, which the other that was close to it had, so the barber of the larger served the smaller, and in it there was a sick man who required to be bled and another man who wanted to be shaved, and on this errand the barber was going, carrying with him a brass basin; but as luck would have it, as he was on the way it began to rain, and not to spoil his hat, which probably was a new one, he put the basin on his head, and being clean it glittered at half a league's distance.
She bathed her face, her neck and arms in the basin that stood between the windows.
Three little hills stood near each other, and down in the midst of them sunk a hollow basin, almost mathematically circular, two or three hundred feet in breadth, and of such depth that a stately cedar might but just be visible above the sides.
One cold windy day Dolly had brought Jerry a basin of something hot, and was standing by him while he ate it.
In front of the wooden bed was a copper basin for alms.
It was called Mill Pond Bank, Chinks's Basin; and I had no other guide to Chinks's Basin than the Old Green Copper Rope-Walk.