1. [ noun ] a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids

"she mixed the dough in a large basin"

Related terms: vessel birdbath emesis_basin laver bidet stoup washbasin baptismal_font
2. [ noun ] the quantity that a basin will hold
Synonyms: basinful

"a basin of water"

Related terms: containerful
3. [ noun ] (geology,geography) 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"

Related terms: natural_depression tidal_basin saltpan cirque
4. [ noun ] a concave shape with an open top
Synonyms: bowl trough
Related terms: concavity
5. [ noun ] a bathroom or lavatory sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you wash your hands and face
Synonyms: washbowl washbasin lavatory washstand

"he ran some water in the basin and splashed it on his face"

Related terms: sink
6. [ noun ] (geography) the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries
Synonyms: river_basin

"flood control in the Missouri basin"

Related terms: geographical_area
Similar spelling:   Bassin