Definitions of basin

  1. the quantity that a basin will hold; " a basinful of water"
  2. 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"
  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. A hollow vessel or dish, to hold water for washing, and for various other uses.
  5. The quantity contained in a basin.
  6. 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.
  7. A hollow place containing water, as a pond, a dock for ships, a little bay.
  8. 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.
  9. The entire tract of country drained by a river, or sloping towards a sea or lake.
  10. 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.
  11. A round, wide vessel for holding water or other liquid; the quantity such a vessel will hold; a pond, or dock, or other reservoir for water; the land drained by a river and its tributaries.
  12. A wide open vessel or dish: any hollow place containing water, as a dock: the area drained by a river and its tributaries.
  13. A wide, open vessel; a dock; a pond.
  14. A shallow vessel, with sloping sides; any similar cavity; a pond; dock; hollow.
  15. A circular hollow vessel for containing water, & c.; a pond; a bay; a dock; the district of country drained by a river.