Part of speech: noun

A shallow vessel, with sloping sides; any similar cavity; a pond; dock; hollow.

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Usage examples "basin":

  1. In a fresh fit of terror she was going to flee again into her dreadful hiding- place, when she caught sight of a figure leaning against the basin of the beautiful marble fountain just in front of the eastern side- door of the Serapeum, and immediately below her. - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
  2. This circular basin is said to have been formed by the dying struggles of a great fish. - "Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before", George Turner.
  3. From this apartment, which appears to have been the hermit's chapel, a doorway opens into the corner one, about five feet wide, and having also an altar at the east end, with a basin for holy water cut in the wall. - "Castles and Cave Dwellings of Europe", Sabine Baring-Gould.