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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  5.  (Physical  Geog.) 
  a  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. 
  b  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  basin 
  n  1:  a  bowl-shaped  vessel  for  holding  liquids 
  2:  a  concave  shape  with  an  open  top  [syn:  {trough},  {bowl}] 
  3:  the  quantity  that  a  basin  will  hold  [syn:  {basinful}] 
  4:  a  natural  depression  in  the  surface  of  the  land  with  a  lake 
  at  the  bottom  of  it  "the  basin  of  the  Great  Salt  Lake" 
  5:  the  entire  geographical  area  drained  by  a  river  and  its 
  tributaries;  "flood  control  in  the  Missouri  basin"  [syn:  {river 
  basin}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Basin,  WY  (town,  FIPS  5320) 
  Location:  44.37958  N,  108.04247  W 
  Population  (1990):  1180  (551  housing  units) 
  Area:  3.6  sq  km  (land),  0.1  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  82410 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Basin 
  or  Bason.  (1.)  A  trough  or  laver  (Heb.  aggan')  for  washing  (Ex. 
  24:6);  rendered  also  goblet"  (Cant.  7:2)  and  cups"  (Isa. 
  22:24). 
 
  (2.)  A  covered  dish  or  urn  (Heb.  k'for)  among  the  vessels  of 
  the  temple  (1  Chr.  28:17;  Ezra  1:10;  8:27). 
 
  (3.)  A  vase  (Heb.  mizrak)  from  which  to  sprinkle  anything  A 
  metallic  vessel;  sometimes  rendered  bowl"  (Amos  6:6;  Zech. 
  9:15).  The  vessels  of  the  tabernacle  were  of  brass  (Ex.  27:3), 
  while  those  of  the  temple  were  of  gold  (2  Chr.  4:8). 
 
  (4.)  A  utensil  (Heb.  saph)  for  holding  the  blood  of  the 
  victims  (Ex.  12:22);  also  a  basin  for  domestic  purposes  (2  Sam. 
  17:28). 
 
  The  various  vessels  spoken  of  by  the  names  "basin,  bowl, 
  charger,  cup,  and  dish,"  cannot  now  be  accurately  distinguished. 
 
  The  basin  in  which  our  Lord  washed  the  disciples'  feet  (John 
  13:5)  must  have  been  larger  and  deeper  than  the  hand-basin. 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  BASIN 
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