Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “basin”


noun [C] (AREA)    /ˈbeɪ.sən/
the area of land from which streams run into a river, lake, or seaParts of watercourses a sheltered area of deep water where boats are keptPorts and docksBays and gulfsCoasts and beaches
(Definition of basin noun (AREA) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of basin

Definitions of “basin” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a document given to students or reporters which contains information about a particular subject

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More