Meaning of “basin” in the English Dictionary

"basin" in British English

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basinnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbeɪ.sən/ us /ˈbeɪ.sən/

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.

More examples

  • Run some water into the basin and wash your hands and face properly.
  • When you have broken the eggs into a basin, whisk them together lightly with a fork.
  • The basin in the upstairs bathroom has gold taps!
  • I keep various cleaning fluids under the basin in the back toilet.
  • In the auction there is a rather nice antique porcelain basin and jug.

(Definition of “basin” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"basin" in American English

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basinnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbeɪ·sən/

a large, open bowl, or the amount such a container will hold:

I left the napkins soaking in a basin.

The basin of a river or body of water is the land that surrounds it and the streams that flow into it.

A basin is also a sheltered area of water deep enough for boats, or an area of land that is lower than all the surrounding land.

(Definition of “basin” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)