What does basin mean?

Definitions for basin
ˈbeɪ sənbasin

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word basin.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. basinnoun

    a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids

    "she mixed the dough in a large basin"

  2. basin, basinfulnoun

    the quantity that a basin will hold

    "a basinful of water"

  3. basinnoun

    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. river basin, basin, watershed, drainage basin, catchment area, catchment basin, drainage areanoun

    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"

  5. washbasin, basin, washbowl, washstand, lavatorynoun

    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"


  1. basinnoun

    A bowl for washing, often affixed to a wall.

  2. basinnoun

    An area of land from which water drains into a specific river.

  3. basinnoun

    A rock formation scooped out by water erosion.

  4. Etymology: From basin, from bacin, from baccinum, from bacca, from (compare baich, bac).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Basinnoun

    Etymology: basun, Fr. bacile, bacino, Ital.

    Let one attend him with a silver basin,
    Full of rosewater, and bestrew’d with flowers. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

    We have little wells for infusions, where the waters take the virtue quicker and better, than in vessels and basins. Francis Bacon.

    We behold a piece of silver in a basin, when water is put upon it, which we could not discover before, as under the verge thereof. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    On one side of the walk you see this hollow basin, with its several little plantations lying conveniently under the eye of the beholder. Spectator, №. 477.

    The jutting land two ample bays divides;
    The spacious basins arching rocks inclose,
    A sure defence from ev’ry storm that blows. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    If this rotation does the seas affect,
    The rapid motion rather would eject
    The stores, the low capacious caves contain,
    And from its ample basin cast the main. Richard Blackmore, Creat.


  1. basin

    A basin is a large or small depression in the surface of the land or in the ocean floor, often containing water, shaped by geological forces or the movement of water. This term can also refer to a container or receptacle used in various domestic or industrial situations, such as in a kitchen or laboratory.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Basinnoun

    a hollow vessel or dish, to hold water for washing, and for various other uses

  2. Basinnoun

    the quantity contained in a basin

  3. Basinnoun

    a hollow vessel, of various forms and materials, used in the arts or manufactures, as that used by glass grinders for forming concave glasses, by hatters for molding a hat into shape, etc

  4. Basinnoun

    a hollow place containing water, as a pond, a dock for ships, a little bay

  5. Basinnoun

    a circular or oval valley, or depression of the surface of the ground, the lowest part of which is generally occupied by a lake, or traversed by a river

  6. Basinnoun

    the entire tract of country drained by a river, or sloping towards a sea or lake

  7. Basinnoun

    an isolated or circumscribed formation, particularly where the strata dip inward, on all sides, toward a center; -- especially applied to the coal formations, called coal basins or coal fields

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Basin

    bās′n, n. a wide open vessel or dish: any hollow place containing water, as a dock: the area drained by a river and its tributaries. [O. Fr. bacin—Low L. bachinus, perh. from the Celtic.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. basin

    A wet-dock provided with flood-gates for restraining the water, in which shipping may be kept afloat in all times of tide. Also, all those sheltered spaces of water which are nearly surrounded with slopes from which waters are received; these receptacles have a circular shape and narrow entrance. Geographically basins may be divided, as upper, lower, lacustrine, fluvial, Mediterranean, &c.

Editors Contribution

  1. basin

    A type of vessel and product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    Some people use a basin to wash dishes, some people call a sink a basin.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 18, 2016  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BASIN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Basin is ranked #82613 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Basin surname appeared 228 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Basin.

    89% or 203 total occurrences were White.
    5.2% or 12 total occurrences were Black.
    3% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'basin' in Nouns Frequency: #2316

Anagrams for basin »

  1. sabin

  2. Sabin

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of basin in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of basin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of basin in a Sentence

  1. Colin Davies:

    We think the number of completions in the basin does need to come down.

  2. Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton:

    We've never been in these conditions before, but with the partnerships that we've had in the basin for decades, there was always a concern that it could get there. And it was planned for and, unfortunately, that's what we're seeing now.

  3. John Campbell:

    Lake Chad is important because of Lake Chad physical location. It is part of the Lake Chad basin. It also borders on Sudan and Libya. It's literally right in the heart of a part of Africa where the security challenges are severe, the second point is that Chad for a long time has had an important security relationship with France. There are French military forces stationed in Lake Chad and the Chadian military has received quite good training from them.

  4. Samir Lakhani:

    I remember quite vividly a mother bathing her newborn in a basin filled with laundry powder and water, it's an image I'll never get out of my mind.

  5. David Hewitt:

    From having been an import basin, Asia will next year be going to have excess supplies and worse so in 2017.

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