Etymology
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basin (n.)

"large shallow vessel or dish used chiefly to hold water or other liquid," c. 1200, from Old French bacin (11c., Modern French bassin), from Vulgar Latin *baccinum (source also of Spanish bacin, Italian bacino), from *bacca "water vessel," perhaps originally Gaulish (but OED dismisses the proposed Celtic cognates on sense grounds). Meaning "large-scale artificial water-holding landscape feature" is from 1712. Geological sense of "tract of country drained by one river or draining into one sea" is from 1830.

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Definitions of basin

basin (n.)
a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids;
she mixed the dough in a large basin
basin (n.)
the quantity that a basin will hold;
Synonyms: basinful
basin (n.)
a natural depression in the surface of the land often with a lake at the bottom of it;
the basin of the Great Salt Lake
basin (n.)
the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries; an area characterized by all runoff being conveyed to the same outlet;
flood control in the Missouri basin
Synonyms: river basin / watershed / drainage basin / catchment area / catchment basin / drainage area
basin (n.)
a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face;
he ran some water in the basin and splashed it on his face
Synonyms: washbasin / washbowl / washstand / lavatory
From wordnet.princeton.edu