• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rock-basin a lacustrine hollow in a rock, excavated by glacier-ice
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. roke, roche; prob. Celt., as in Gael. roc, W. rhwg, a projection.


In literature:

A sort of basin worn in seaside rocks.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The Kieve is a basin of rock, into which the water has a fall of about 40 feet.
"The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon
Just below the summit we came to where a projecting rock gave us shelter, and a natural basin contained flowing water.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
The basins of the majority of them were excavated by ice from solid rock.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
The rocks, upstanding all about us, shut in the view as some great basin cut in the mountain's heart.
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
He found her emerging from a smaller rock basin, her one garment dripping a wet trail as she came towards him.
"The Treasure Trail" by Marah Ellis Ryan
By sunset he came upon a little natural basin in a rock, half full of rain water.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
On the brink of a rock-rimmed, flashing basin she stopped.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
Its basin was of mossy rock, and its edges were choked with ferns.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
For the rest of the short afternoon time we scrambled about the rocks, peering into crannies and basins.
"Tales of South Africa" by H.A. Bryden
It may be regarded as a shallow basin occupied by the almost horizontal rocks of the Karroo.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
The entire surface of the basin was scraped to bed rock, sand or mineral earth, this alone costing $3,000,000.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
A stream of living water that trickled over the ledges of rock fell into a sort of natural basin.
"The Casque's Lark" by Eugène Sue
The torrent plunged into a basin set deep among rocks.
"A Cry in the Wilderness" by Mary E. Waller
The bow swung inshore, the rock unexpectedly fell back, and as they drove past its end a narrow basin opened up.
"For the Allinson Honor" by Harold Bindloss
At Vik is the mouth of the Bjoreia river, which, in forming the Voringfos, plunges 520 ft. into a magnificent rock-bound basin.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 8" by Various
The Alaskan and Norwegian fjords and the rock basins of the Scottish lochs are adduced as examples.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 1" by Various
Still other lakes rest in rock basins scooped out by glaciers.
"The Elements of Geology" by William Harmon Norton
The rocks at the head of the basin-like vale presented an unscaleable barrier to the legions.
"Legends of Longdendale" by Thomas Middleton
It roars pent up in narrow canyons, and out again it swirls in a smooth basin worn in the solid rock.
"Pastoral Days" by William Hamilton Gibson

In poetry:

Ye gracious clouds! ye deep, cold wells!
Ye gems, from mossy rocks that drip!
Springs, that from Earth's mysterious cells
Gush o'er your granite basin's lip!
To you I look;—your largess give,
And I will drink of you, and live.
"Hymns and Odes for Temperance Occasions III" by John Pierpont

In news:

More from The Basin's Real Rock 99.9 K-Bat.
Study to take place in Upper White Rock East Drainage Basin for the Dallas Water Utilities.
Outflow has been reduced at Lake Red Rock as floodwaters rise in the lower Mississippi River Basin.
The Tahoe Basin's first traffic roundabout was dedicated today with the help of a rock 'n roll legend.
Explorers pursuing source rocks in two basins.
Black Rock Desert basin south of Delta has a geothermal hot spot where power plants may thrive one day, scientists say.
A rain chain channels water off the roof, into a catch basin hidden beneath river rocks.
Realm Energy International Corp. White Rock, BC, is building a portfolio of shale gas and shale oil acreage in continental Europe, holding acreage in Poland and Germany and with more under application in other basins.