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basin

noun [C] uk   /ˈbeɪ.sən/ us  

basin noun [C] (CONTAINER)

B1 mainly UK an open, round container shaped like a bowl with sloping sides, used for holding food or liquid: a pudding basin mainly UK the amount of something that a basin can hold: a basin of water mainly UK a washbasin : I've cleaned the basin and scrubbed the bath.
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basin noun [C] (AREA)

the area of land from which streams run into a river, lake, or sea a sheltered area of deep water where boats are kept
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