Definition of basin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbeɪsn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɪsn//
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  1. 1(especially British English) = washbasin
  2. 2a large round bowl for holding liquids or (in British English) for preparing foods in; the amount of liquid, etc. in a basin a pudding basin
  3. 3an area of land around a large river with streams running down into it the Amazon Basin
  4. 4(specialist) a place where the earth’s surface is lower than in other areas of the world the Pacific Basin
  5. 5a sheltered area of water providing a safe harbour for boats a yacht basin
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French bacin, from medieval Latin bacinus, from bacca ‘water container’, perhaps of Gaulish origin.Extra examples He washed his shirt in the basin. She filled the basin with warm soapy water. She was washing her hands at the basin.
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