basin: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (bā'sun), [key]
- a circular container with a greater width than depth, becoming smaller toward the bottom, used chiefly to hold water or other liquid, esp. for washing.
- any container of similar shape, as the pan of a balance.
- the quantity held by such a container: We need another basin of water to dilute the mixture.
- a natural or artificial hollow place containing water.
- a partially enclosed, sheltered area along a shore, often partly man-made or dredged to a greater depth, where boats may be moored: a yacht basin.
- an area in which the strata dip from the margins toward a common center.
- river basin.
- a hollow or depression in the earth's surface, wholly or partly surrounded by higher land:river basin.
- Seedrainage basin.
- the depression in an apple, pear, or other pome at the end opposite the stem.
- basin (Thesaurus)