AskDefine | Define basin

Dictionary Definition



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: 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; "flood control in the Missouri basin" [syn: river basin]
5 a bathroom or lavatory sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you wash your hands and face; "he ran some water in the basin and splashed it on his face" [syn: washbasin, washbowl, washstand, lavatory]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A bowl for washing, often affixed to a wall
  2. An area of water that drains into a river
  3. A rock formation scooped out by water erosion



bowl for washing, often affixed to a wall
area of water that drains into a river
  • Breton: diazad -où
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 流域, 流域 (liú yù)
  • Crimean Tatar: basseyn
  • Czech: povodí
  • Dutch: stroomgebied
  • French: bassin
  • Greek: λεκάνη απορροής
  • Japanese: 盆地, 流域
  • Russian: бассейн
  • Spanish: Cuenca
  • Turkish: havza
rock formation scooped out by water erosion
  • Finnish: syvänne
  • French: bassin
  • Italian: conca
  • Japanese: 入り江
  • Russian: бассейн
  • Turkish: koy



Extensive Definition

Basin may mean:
  • Drainage basin, a hydrological basin or catchment basin, a region of land where water drains downhill into a specified body of water
  • Tarim Basin, located in Xinjiang, China and is one of the largest drainage basins in the world.
  • Sedimentary basin, a low and usually sinking region that is filled with sediments from adjacent positive areas
  • Structural basin, in geology, referring to the basin-shaped warping of underlying bedrock in a region
  • Depression (geology), a landform lower than the surrounding area, such as the Kalahari Basin
  • Oceanic basin, anywhere on Earth that is covered by seawater
  • A downdropped fault block, or graben, which fill with sediments
  • Wash basin, a bowl (vessel) designed to contain water for the purpose of cleaning hands and other minor ablutions; see also sink
  • Pudding basin, a kitchen utensil of a rounded internal form and wider at its open top
  • Basin, or dock (maritime), used for the reception of boats, in which the water level is maintained; also called a tidal basin or canal basin
  • Basin of attraction, in the mathematics of nonlinear systems
In places:
basin in German: Becken
basin in French: Bassin
basin in Italian: Bacino
basin in Japanese: 盆地
basin in Dutch: Bekken
basin in Polish: Basen
basin in Russian: Бассейн
basin in Simple English: Basin
basin in Ukrainian: Басейн
basin in Chinese: 盆地

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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