- The definition of a shallow container which will hold liquids such as water, or a shallow, bowl-shapped depression on land filled with water, or when rock layers all tilt away from a center area.
- An example of a basin is a container in which laundry can be handwashed.
- An example of a basin is the Amazon Basin where the Amazon River and all its branches and tributaries drain.
- An example of a basin isthe Nashville Basin in Tennessee where all of the rock strata angle down and away from Nashville.
A baby playing in a basin.
basin definition by Webster's New World
- a round, wide, shallow container, as for holding water to wash in
- its contents or capacity
- a washbowl or sink
- any shallow, rounded hollow or depression, often containing water, as a pond
- a bay or harbor: yacht basin
- all the land drained by a river and its branches
- a great hollow in the earth's surface filled by an ocean
- Geol. a wide, depressed area in which the rock layers all incline toward a central area
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French bacin ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form baccinum ; from an unverified form bacca, water vessel
basin definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. An open, shallow, usually round container used especially for holding liquids.b. The amount that such a vessel can hold.
- A washbowl; a sink.
- a. An artificially enclosed area of a river or harbor designed so that the water level remains unaffected by tidal changes.b. A small enclosed or partly enclosed body of water.
- A region drained by a single river system: the Amazon basin.
- 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.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French bacin, from Vulgar Latin *baccīnum, from *baccus, container, of Celtic origin.
- baˈsin·al adjective
- baˈsined adjective
basin - Science Definition
- 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.