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Topic: HOUSE

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: bacin, from Late Latin bacchinon

basin

noun
     
ba‧sin [countable]
1 British EnglishDHH a round container attached to the wall in a bathroom, where you wash your hands and face [= sink]:
a wash basin
2DFU a large bowl-shaped container for liquids or food:
Fill the basin with the cake mixture.
3 also basinfulTM the amount of liquid that a basin can contain:
a basin of hot water
4SG an area of land that is lower at the centre than at the edges, especially one from which water runs down into a river:
the Amazon basin
5 a place where the Earth's surface is lower than in other areas:
the Pacific Basin
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