1. a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids;
- Example: "she mixed the dough in a large basin"
2. the quantity that a basin will hold;
- Example: "a basinful of water"
[syn: basin, basinful]
3. a natural depression in the surface of the land often with a lake at the bottom of it;
- Example: "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;
- Example: "flood control in the Missouri basin"
[syn: river basin, 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;
- Example: "he ran some water in the basin and splashed it on his face"
[syn: washbasin, basin, washbowl, washstand, lavatory]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Basin \Ba"sin\, n. [OF. bacin, F. bassin, LL. bacchinus, fr. bacca a water vessel, fr. L. bacca berry, in allusion to the round shape; or perh. fr. Celtic. Cf. Bac.] [1913 Webster] 1. A hollow vessel or dish, to hold water for washing, and for various other uses. [1913 Webster] 2. The quantity contained in a basin. [1913 Webster] 3. 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. [1913 Webster] 4. A hollow place containing water, as a pond, a dock for ships, a little bay. --Pope [1913 Webster] 5. (Physical Geog.) (a) 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. (b) The entire tract of country drained by a river, or sloping towards a sea or lake. [1913 Webster] 6. (Geol.) 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. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
basin n 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; "a basinful of water" [syn: basin, 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" [syn: river basin, 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" [syn: washbasin, basin, washbowl, washstand, lavatory]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
174 Moby Thesaurus words for "basin": alkali flat, alluvial plain, alveolation, alveolus, anchorage, anchorage ground, antrum, aquamanile, armpit, automatic dishwasher, bath, bathtub, bed, berth, bidet, bottom, bottomland, bowl, breakwater, bulkhead, bushveld, campo, catch basin, cavity, cereal bowl, champaign, champaign country, channel, cistern, coastal plain, concave, concavity, coulee, crater, crypt, cup, delta, depression, desert, dip, dishpan, dishwasher, dock, dockage, dockyard, down, downs, dry dock, embankment, ewer, fell, finger bowl, flat, flat country, flatland, flats, floor, fold, follicle, funnel chest, grass veld, grassland, gravy boat, groin, ground, harbor, harborage, haven, heath, hip bath, hole, hollow, hollow shell, jetty, jutty, kitchen sink, lacuna, lande, landing, landing place, landing stage, lavabo, lavatory, level, llano, lowland, lowlands, lunar mare, mare, marina, mesa, mesilla, mole, moor, moorings, moorland, ocean bottom, open country, pampa, pampas, peneplain, pier, piscina, pit, plain, plains, plateau, playa, pocket, porringer, port, prairie, protected anchorage, punch bowl, quay, road, roads, roadstead, sag, salad bowl, salt flat, salt marsh, salt pan, sauce boat, savanna, scoop, seaport, seawall, sebkha, shell, shipyard, shower, shower bath, shower curtain, shower head, shower room, shower stall, showers, sink, sinkage, sinkhole, sinus, sitz bath, slip, socket, steppe, table, tableland, terrine, tree veld, trough, tub, tundra, tureen, upland, vat, vega, veld, vug, wash barrel, wash boiler, washbasin, washbowl, washdish, washer, washing machine, washing pot, washpot, washstand, washtub, weald, wharf, wide-open spaces, woldV.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
BASIN Bundesweites Alternatives Studentisches InformationsNetzwerk (WWW, org.)Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Basin or Bason. (1.) A trough or laver (Heb. aggan') for washing (Ex. 24:6); rendered also "goblet" (Cant. 7:2) and "cups" (Isa. 22:24). (2.) A covered dish or urn (Heb. k'for) among the vessels of the temple (1 Chr. 28:17; Ezra 1:10; 8:27). (3.) A vase (Heb. mizrak) from which to sprinkle anything. A metallic vessel; sometimes rendered "bowl" (Amos 6:6; Zech. 9:15). The vessels of the tabernacle were of brass (Ex. 27:3), while those of the temple were of gold (2 Chr. 4:8). (4.) A utensil (Heb. saph) for holding the blood of the victims (Ex. 12:22); also a basin for domestic purposes (2 Sam. 17:28). The various vessels spoken of by the names "basin, bowl, charger, cup, and dish," cannot now be accurately distinguished. The basin in which our Lord washed the disciples' feet (John 13:5) must have been larger and deeper than the hand-basin.U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Basin, WY -- U.S. town in Wyoming Population (2000): 1238 Housing Units (2000): 565 Land area (2000): 2.017343 sq. miles (5.224893 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.027172 sq. miles (0.070375 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.044515 sq. miles (5.295268 sq. km) FIPS code: 05320 Located within: Wyoming (WY), FIPS 56 Location: 44.378777 N, 108.043100 W ZIP Codes (1990): 82410 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Basin, WY BasinU.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Basin, MT -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Montana Population (2000): 255 Housing Units (2000): 146 Land area (2000): 12.840608 sq. miles (33.257020 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 12.840608 sq. miles (33.257020 sq. km) FIPS code: 04150 Located within: Montana (MT), FIPS 30 Location: 46.276564 N, 112.267756 W ZIP Codes (1990): Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Basin, MT Basin