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Definition of Basin


  1. A hollow vessel or dish, to hold water for washing, and for various other uses.
  2. The quantity contained in a basin.
  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.
  4. A hollow place containing water, as a pond, a dock for ships, a little bay.
  5. 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. The entire tract of country drained by a river, or sloping towards a sea or lake.
  7. 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.

Basin Translations

basin in Afrikaans is bak
basin in Danish is kumme
basin in Dutch is vont, bekken, kom
basin in Finnish is vati
basin in French is bassin, bol, bassine, cuvette
basin in German is Becken, Stromgebiet
basin in Latin is lebes
basin in Portuguese is tejela, bacia