• WordNet 3.6
    • n basin a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids "she mixed the dough in a large basin"
    • n basin a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face "he ran some water in the basin and splashed it on his face"
    • n basin the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries; an area characterized by all runoff being conveyed to the same outlet "flood control in the Missouri basin"
    • n basin 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"
    • n basin the quantity that a basin will hold "a basinful of water"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: More than 80% of all the world's earthquakes occur in the Pacific basin borders.
    • Basin (Physical Geog) 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.
    • Basin A hollow place containing water, as a pond, a dock for ships, a little bay.
    • Basin A hollow vessel or dish, to hold water for washing, and for various other uses.
    • Basin 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.
    • Basin (Geol) 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 (Physical Geog) The entire tract of country drained by a river, or sloping towards a sea or lake.
    • Basin The quantity contained in a basin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n basin A circular dish or vessel of greater width than depth, contracting toward the bottom, and used chiefly to hold water or other liquid, especially for washing, but also for various other purposes.
    • n basin As much as a basin will hold; a basinful.
    • n basin In the arts and manufacturing: In hat-making, a vessel filled with boiling water in which the loose mat of felted fur formed on the cone for a hat-body is dipped in the process of basining (see basin, v. t.), in order to shrink it to the proper size. Also called sizing-kettle.
    • n basin A concave piece of metal on which glass-grinders form their convex glasses.
    • n basin The scale or scale-dish of a balance when concave.
    • n basin A pair of hollow metal dishes clashed together like cymbals to produce sound: formerly beaten when infamous persons were exposed in a cart as a punishment.
    • n basin A basin-shaped vessel hung by chains from the roof of a church, with a pricket in the middle for the serges. See cerge. When of silver, such vessels usually had a brass or latten basin within to catch the wax-droppings.
    • n basin The hollow part of a plate or dish.
    • n basin A natural or artificial reservoir for water. A pond; a bay; a dock for ships.
    • n basin In geography: The area drained by a river. The term is ordinarily used only when speaking of a large river, and then includes the entire area drained by the main stream and its tributaries. The line separating two river-systems from each other is the watershed. A closed basin is an area which has no outlet to the sea. In the United States, the Great Basin is that portion of the Cordilleran region which has no such outlet, comprising an area of about 225,000 square miles.
    • n basin A basin-shaped depression or hollow; a circular or oval valley.
    • n basin In geology, an area over which the stratified formations are so disposed as to show that they were deposited in succession within a basin-shaped depression of the original surface, thus giving rise to a series of beds which have a general dip toward a common center, especially near the edges of the area. In some instances the basin structure is very marked, as in the case of the Forest of Dean and Inde coal-fields. Sometimes, however, a mere synclinal depression of the strata is called a basin; and this is especially the case in the Appalachian coal-field, where any smaller area, separated by erosion from the main body of the coal-bearing strata, may be called a basin. The geological basins of London and Paris are especially known and interesting. The rocks of both are chiefly Lower Tertiary, or Eocene and Oligocene, the name sometimes given to that part of the series which is intermediate in age between Eocene and Miocene. The important member of the London basin—the “London clay”—is absent from the Paris basin. The Middle Eocene is represented in the Paris basin by an extremely fossiliferous rock, the Calcaire grossier (which see). The Tertiary of the Paris basin, like that of the London basin, rests on a thick mass of white chalk. This has been completely bored through at various points, for the purpose of obtaining water, which rises above the surface in large quantities at the wells of Grenelle and Passy, and at other points.
    • n basin In anatomy: The third ventricle of the brain.
    • n basin The pelvis.
    • n basin In entomology, a large concavity in a surface; specifically, a concave portion of the metathoracic segment over the base of the abdomen. The basin of the antenna is a concavity in which the antenna is inserted, often limited on the inner side by a carina, as in the ants.
    • n basin Formerly also spelled bason.
    • basin In hat-making, to harden or shrink to the proper size, as a hat-body in the process of felting, by dipping in the basin of hot water, wrapping in the basining-cloth (which see), and rolling on a table. Also spelled bason.
    • n basin In horticulture, the depression at the apex of pomaceous fruits, as apples and pears. The calyx or eye sits in the basin. The depression at the opposite end is known as the cavity.
    • n basin An intermediate basin between a wet dock and the sea or tidal portion of a river or harbor. This intermediate basin is operated in the same manner as an ordinary lock, and differs from it only in being larger and thus in locking in or out several vessels at a time.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Basin bās′n a wide open vessel or dish: any hollow place containing water, as a dock: the area drained by a river and its tributaries.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. bacin, F. bassin, LL. bacchinus, fr. bacca, a water vessel, fr. L. bacca, berry, in allusion to the round shape; or perh. fr. Celtic. Cf. Bac
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. bacin—Low L. bachinus, perh. from the Celtic.


In literature:

This, we conjecture, is the fertile basin of El Buchaia, or Bekaa.
"Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land" by Henry Van Dyke
In the upper Astico Basin they captured the crest of Monte Seluggio and advanced toward Rio Freddo.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
The Austrian batteries showed increased activity in the Tolmino Basin on the Julian front.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
Having a new hat, he covered it with the clean basin, that glittered like gold.
"The Story of Don Quixote" by Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Butter very thickly a pint pudding-basin, and cover it neatly with stoned muscatel raisins, the outer side of them being kept to the basin.
"Nelson's Home Comforts" by Mary Hooper
The marble basins with a slab can be had for about $7.50, while the enameled iron basins cost from $6 to $40.
"Rural Hygiene" by Henry N. Ogden
A red and green beacon marked the entrance to the basin.
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
I returned, thrilled with the thought of exploring Wild Basin, sought the Parson and told him my ambition.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
A narrow pass, not twenty feet in width, was the only entrance to the basin, and this was securely fastened up with long poles.
"Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer" by Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
I'll be working right out there in the Basin where I found you.
"Two Thousand Miles Below" by Charles Willard Diffin

In poetry:

"O plunge your hands in water,
Plunge them in up to the wrist;
Stare, stare in the basin
And wonder what you've missed.
"As I Walked Out One Evening" by W H Auden
The basin now is empty,
littered with cigarette stubs,
and the sun only hesitantly uncovers
the grief of the stones pushed aside.
A place perhaps for begging.
"The Plague Colemn" by Jaroslav Seifert
How it scallops its basin and shimmers and shines
Like a salver of silver encompassed with vines,
In crystal illusion reflecting the skies
And the mountain that seems from its bosom to rise.
"Holiday Home." by Hattie Howard
A'a, dear! nah tha's upset thi basin o' stew!
All ovver thisen an mi cleean scarrd flooar:--
Tha clumsy young imp; what next will ta do?
Tha'd wear aght job's patience, an twice as mich mooar!
"Come Thi Ways In" by John Hartley
My grave is watered by the crossing Jordan.
The Arctic scut, and basin of the South,
Drip on my dead house garden.
Who seek me landward, marking in my mouth
The straws of Asia, lose me as I turn
Through the Atlantic corn.
"My World Is Pyramid" by Dylan Thomas
"Thy foe has sunk beneath the spear,—
I'm sent to bear the glad news here,
By thy true marshal Polydore"—
Then from a basin black he takes—
The fearful sight their terror wakes—
A well-known head, besmeared with gore.
"The Ring Of Polycrates - A Ballad" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

A Basin Chock Full of 14 Ingredients.
Like the Columbia Basin pygmies , the southern rabbits have also been enlisted as endangered but their numbers have improved in recent years.
The Oregon Zoo held an emotional farewell Thursday for rare Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, that were raised by zoo veterinarians and then released into the wild.
The Bite 29 Basin Rd.
In its fourth year of a program to reintroduce sockeye salmon to the Yakima River Basin, the Yakama Nation plans to wrap up the process of collecting thousands of adult fish for release in Lake Cle Elum on the east slope of the Cascades.
Seattle Times files Little Tahoma and the Emmons Glacier are visible from the Glacier Basin Trail in Mount Rainier National Park, and monitored even more closely by scientists.
Juvenile red drum move from Waddell Mariculture Center production pond to ACE Basin estuary.
Saudi Aramco will develop gas discoveries in the northern Red Sea and Midyan basin for power generation in the northwestern part of the kingdom.
The Red Sea basin is not without hydrocarbon potential.
A recent appointee to the federal court bench in Portland has been assigned one of the Northwest's longest and most contentious issues -- the Columbia River Basin salmon case.
District Court Judge James Redden has once again rejected the federal government's plan to operate hydropower dams in the Columbia River basin without jeopardizing salmon.
According to a press release we received today, Great Basin Brewing Company will host its first-ever Brew Relay on Saturday, November 3, 2012 in an all-out celebration of athleticism, sportsmanship, and beer.
Officials from Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska meet later this month to discuss water-related issues and activities within the Republican River basin.
Maidencreek Township officials have advised Treetops residents that there is nothing more the township can do about a retention basin that the residents say no longer collects water.
We have three cooling water pumps to circulate cooled water from cooling tower's cold water basin into steam turbine condenser and vice and versa.

In science:

Some of the networks considered displays these scale-free properties, as a result of some optimization, as, for example, for the blood vessels or the river basins .
Growing dynamics of Internet providers
In dynamical terms the “infinite” barriers translate into the fact that the equations which govern the motion of order parameters, ϕ included, have basins of attraction corresponding to the plots shown in Fig. 6.
Embedding a Native State into a Random Heteropolymer Model: The Dynamic Approach
There can also exist local entropy maxima (similar to metastable states in thermodynamics) leading to a complicated notion of basin of attraction (see in a related context).
Generalized thermodynamics and Fokker-Planck equations. Applications to stellar dynamics, two-dimensional turbulence and Jupiter's great red spot
Once the system enters the basin of attraction of one of the attractors (x = 0 or x = 1) through a series of favorable outcomes, it takes many more unfavorable outcomes for it to come out and enter the other attractor’s domain.
Stochastic Maps, Wealth Distribution in Random Asset Exchange Models and the Marginal Utility of Relative Wealth
Note that, in the YS model, for the case of both agents winning once (i.e., AB or BA), the basin of attraction for x = 1 is larger than x = 0 when A wins first, and the reverse holds true when B wins first.
Stochastic Maps, Wealth Distribution in Random Asset Exchange Models and the Marginal Utility of Relative Wealth