Basin definition

bāsĭn
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Any shallow, rounded hollow or depression, often containing water, as a pond.
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A great hollow in the earth's surface filled by an ocean.
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A round, wide, shallow container, as for holding water to wash in.
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A washbowl; a sink.
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An artificially enclosed area of a river or harbor designed so that the water level remains unaffected by tidal changes.
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(geol.) A wide, depressed area in which the rock layers all incline toward a central area.
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Its contents or capacity.
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A washbowl or sink.
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A region drained by a river and its tributaries.
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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.
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A bay or harbor.

Yacht basin.

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All the land drained by a river and its branches.
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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.

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A region drained by a single river system.

The Amazon basin.

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An open, shallow, usually round container used especially for holding liquids.
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The amount that such a vessel can hold.
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An artificially enclosed area of a river or harbor designed so that the water level remains unaffected by tidal changes.
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A small enclosed or partly enclosed body of water.
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A broad tract of land in which the rock strata are tilted toward a common center.
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A large, bowl-shaped depression in the surface of the land or ocean floor.
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A bowl for washing, often affixed to a wall.
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(geography) An area of land from which water drains into a specific river.
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(geography) A rock formation scooped out by water erosion.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
basin
Plural:
basins

Origin of basin

  • Middle English from Old French bacin from Vulgar Latin baccīnum from baccus container of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English basin, from Old French bacin, from Medieval Latin baccinum, from Late Latin bacca (“wine jug”), from Gaulish (compare Welsh baich (“load, burden”), Irish bac (“hindrance”)).

    From Wiktionary