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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
basin
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
pedestal basinBritish English (= a bowl to wash your hands in, supported by a pedestal)
pudding basin
river basin
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
large
▪ Half fill the small basins with cake mixture and fill the large basin with the remainder.
▪ It is observed that the maria and the large unfilled basins tend to lie in the equatorial regions of the Moon.
▪ It includes three large water basins which separate the main dockyard from St. Mary's Island.
▪ Between these two ranges a large structural basin was created which now forms the high plateau of the Altiplano.
▪ A large jug and basin, charmingly ornamented with a design of blue ribbon, was its centre-piece.
low
▪ Midvale veterans would recall frantically pumping out buildings frequently flooded in the low basin at the foot of Germantown.
sedimentary
▪ Smaller-scale inset maps will provide information on metamorphic grade of orogenic terrains and the structure of Phanerozoic sedimentary basins.
▪ There are even more examples of very thin units that persist over fantastically large areas in particular sedimentary basins.
small
▪ The river poured into a small basin under the shopping arcade.
▪ Half fill the small basins with cake mixture and fill the large basin with the remainder.
▪ There was a small basin filled with water at one end of the mattress and I was told to gaze into it.
▪ Barely half-fill the two small basins with lemon cake mixture and place the remainder in the large bowl.
upper
▪ As far as the upper basin was concerned, it was time for some equity.
▪ Now the upper basin would get its share.
■ NOUN
amazon
▪ The Amazon basin breeds great passions such as Roberto's.
hand
▪ The icebox is refrigerated and the sinks and wash hand basins are served with pressure hot and cold fresh water.
▪ Recently, a small crack appeared in our pedestal hand basin in the bathroom.
▪ I went to rinse out a towel in the hand basin.
▪ Suite comprising panelled bath with matching wash hand basin.
mare
▪ Basalts are the dark lava rocks that fill mare basins.
▪ The mare basins have dark, rather smooth floors that lie well below the altitude of the highlands.
▪ When the mare basins were excavated the fragmentary material beneath them must have been compressed to a higher density than before.
▪ The individual mare basins differ significantly in composition.
▪ However, it seems unlikely that the mare basins could each have been filled in one outpouring.
▪ Many of the larger craters in both the highlands and mare basins display clusters or rings of steep mountains at their centers.
ocean
▪ The two peaks in the distribution represent the continental platforms and the ocean basins.
▪ We may therefore take 200 million years as some sort of an upper limit to the age of an ocean basin.
▪ These sea-level fluctuations must therefore have been produced by changes in the cubic capacity of the ocean basins.
▪ Although the surface of the ocean basins is relatively uniform it is punctuated in places by volcanoes.
pudding
▪ Ancient women sat in darkened eighteenth- and nineteenth-century doorways, heads covered in kerchiefs or round-brimmed hats like up-ended pudding basins.
▪ The plump body of the clown is made from partly-filled pudding basins to give the shallow domes required.
river
▪ A considerable amount of time and money has been spent in pursuing the study of river basin dynamics.
▪ In the early 1940s, the Bureau devised the plan of considering an entire river basin as an integrated project.
▪ The results from the model can be used to answer questions relating to the long-term behaviour of the river basin.
▪ Another use of the simulation model might be to assess the effect of increasing the urban area lying within a river basin.
▪ The river basin is a well-defined spatial unit that is of great interest to hydrologists, geomorphologists and geographers.
wash
▪ The wash basin was brought, with its tea-pot-like jug.
▪ I replaced each plug - in the wash basin, the bath, the sink.
▪ Separated from the main living area are a toilet, shower, and wash basin.
▪ Just the beds, wash basin, little cupboard.
▪ The baths, kitchen sink and children's wash basin have conventionally sized traps and wastes.
▪ We were given a room with a wash basin and which had a shower next door.
▪ I fetch a handful of paper towels from beside the wash basin, walking on tiptoe to avoid bloody footprints.
▪ Even to remove an item from the bathroom cupboard to the wash basin or lavatory required authority.
■ VERB
fill
▪ Half fill the small basins with cake mixture and fill the large basin with the remainder.
▪ I turned on the spigot at the side of the house and filled up his plastic basin.
▪ Half fill the small basins with cake mixture and fill the large basin with the remainder.
▪ She sat outside the tarpaulin, rubbed her hair with ghee, then filled a basin with water and a little buttermilk.
▪ The lava not only filled the basins, it also covered up any old craters that had been formed in the area.
▪ Basalts are the dark lava rocks that fill mare basins.
▪ She filled the basin in the downstairs bathroom and bowing her head plunged the heavy dark mass into the hot water.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ the Amazon Basin
▪ Water splashed in the basin of the fountain.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Arabella's toothbrush was still in the mug above the basin.
▪ It was a naturally sheltered basin, a trick of the undulating meadows along the Comer.
▪ Kolymba is believed to be a Minoan dock basin, and it may be that Minoan ships were built and repaired here.
▪ The Amazon basin breeds great passions such as Roberto's.
▪ The results from the model can be used to answer questions relating to the long-term behaviour of the river basin.
▪ Turn the pudding into the basin.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Basin

Basin \Ba"sin\, n. [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.]

  1. A hollow vessel or dish, to hold water for washing, and for various other uses.

  2. The quantity contained in a basin.

  3. 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.

  4. A hollow place containing water, as a pond, a dock for ships, a little bay.
    --Pope

  5. (Physical Geog.)

    1. 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.

    2. The entire tract of country drained by a river, or sloping towards a sea or lake.

  6. (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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
basin

"large shallow vessel or dish," c.1200, from Old French bacin (11c., Modern French bassin), from Vulgar Latin *baccinum, from *bacca "water vessel," perhaps originally Gaulish. Meaning "large-scale artificial water-holding landscape feature" is from 1712. Geological sense of "tract of country drained by one river or draining into one sea" is from 1830.

Wiktionary
basin

n. 1 A bowl for washing, often affixed to a wall. 2 (context geography English) An area of land from which water drains into a specific river.

WordNet
basin
  1. n. a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids; "she mixed the dough in a large basin"

  2. the quantity that a basin will hold; "a basinful of water" [syn: basinful]

  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. the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries; "flood control in the Missouri basin" [syn: river basin]

  5. 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" [syn: washbasin, washbowl, washstand, lavatory]

Gazetteer
Basin, WY -- U.S. town in Wyoming
Population (2000): 1238
Housing Units (2000): 565
Land area (2000): 2.017343 sq. miles (5.224893 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.027172 sq. miles (0.070375 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2.044515 sq. miles (5.295268 sq. km)
FIPS code: 05320
Located within: Wyoming (WY), FIPS 56
Location: 44.378777 N, 108.043100 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 82410
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
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Basin, WY
Basin
Basin, MT -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Montana
Population (2000): 255
Housing Units (2000): 146
Land area (2000): 12.840608 sq. miles (33.257020 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 12.840608 sq. miles (33.257020 sq. km)
FIPS code: 04150
Located within: Montana (MT), FIPS 30
Location: 46.276564 N, 112.267756 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
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Headwords:
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Wikipedia
Basin (chanson de geste)

Basin is a chanson de geste about Charlemagne's childhood. While the Old French epic poem has been lost, the story has come down to us via a 13th-century Norse prose version in the Karlamagnús saga.

Bašin

'''Bašin ''' is a village in the municipality of Smederevska Palanka, Serbia. According to the 2002 census, the village has a population of 552 people.

Usage examples of "basin".

In some relatively rare cases salt deposits are formed in lagoons along the shores of arid lands, where the sea occasionally breaks over the beach into the basin, affording waters which are evaporated, leaving their salt behind them.

The iron foundry of one of the most famous gun manufacturers in all the Punjab and the Indus basin which meant in all India was located on this flat and featureless alluvial plain.

Now in Allahabad, it is likely that the pillar was removed down-river from Kausambi, an ancient and architecturally distinguished city in the Ganges basin where some of the earliest examples of the arch have been found.

The Bravo hesitated, cast another wary glance around him, settled his mask, undid the slight fastenings of a boat, and presently he was gliding away into the centre of the basin.

Ariane fixed him with a bristling stare, which Ranulf proceeded to ignore entirely as he turned away to wash at the basin.

He stood up as she bustled over to the wall, filled a basin with water from a bucket and began the washing-up.

In due timeand not overmuch time, considering the snaillike creep of progress among the Cuban bureaucracy, not to mention the vagaries of sea-borne communication and the exceeding delicacy of treating with such sworn enemies as the European interloping, excommunicant trespassers on lands that Rome had long ago given solely to Spanish-Moorish keepinga guarda costa from Cuba, an armed sloop, had arrived in the basin below El Castillo de San Diego de Boca Osa with a message from the Governor of the Indies noting that neither the Norse, the French, the Irish, nor the Portuguese would any of them admit to knowledge of this dreadful fire-arming and training of the savage indios .

Before us, beyond a little wall of a height to lean upon, on an isolated lawn, beneath the shade of great trees with interwoven boughs, a circular basin displays its still surface, across which the skating Hydrometra traces its wide circles.

Usually this basin would be placed close to the wall, just below the malting and drying room in the attic.

The afterbirth slipped into the basin Mamo held for it, and it was then that Mamo began to pray.

Enormous, glass-fronted cabinets standing from floor to ceiling, jammed with porcelains, chinaware, glassware, and figurines, lined the walls, while the ceiling was all but invisible behind rows of hanging buckets, pots, pans, basins, metalware, and jugs.

Scientists tracking the meteor state that it should land somewhere in the remote upper Amazon basin, possibly near the Peruvian border, but it should be quite low over Rio when it arrives at approximately two-fifteen local time.

Others were much older, little more than circular scars overlaid by younger basins and worn down, presumably by a billion years of micrometeorite rain.

It is to be a monument to the Magyar conquest of the Carpathian basin, built to honour its millenary year, already past, although the monument is not completed.

The cyan bolt blew a basin the size of a dinner plate into the rock face on which the Molt was homing.