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English noun: basin

1. basin (artifact) a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids

SamplesShe mixed the dough in a large basin.

Broader (hypernym)vessel

Narrower (hyponym)aspersorium, baptismal font, baptistery, baptistry, bidet, birdbath, emesis basin, font, handbasin, lavabo, laver, stoop, stoup, wash-hand basin, washbasin, washbowl

2. basin (quantity) the quantity that a basin will hold

SamplesA basinful of water.


Broader (hypernym)containerful

3. basin (object) a natural depression in the surface of the land often with a lake at the bottom of it

SamplesThe basin of the Great Salt Lake.

Broader (hypernym)depression, natural depression

Narrower (hyponym)cirque, corrie, cwm, saltpan, tidal basin

4. basin (location) the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries; an area characterized by all runoff being conveyed to the same outlet

SamplesFlood control in the Missouri basin.

Synonymscatchment area, catchment basin, drainage area, drainage basin, river basin, watershed

Broader (hypernym)geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region

Narrower (hyponym)detention basin, retention basin

5. basin (artifact) a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face

SamplesHe ran some water in the basin and splashed it on his face.

Synonymslavatory, washbasin, washbowl, washstand

Broader (hypernym)sink

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