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ba·sin

(bā'sin),
A receptacle for fluids.

basin

1 a receptacle for collecting or holding fluids. A kidney-shaped basin is commonly used as an emesis receptacle.
2 term used to describe the shape of the pelvis.

basin

(1) Pelvis.
(2) A flattened hollow bowl for holding liquids for washing, and for various other uses.

basin

(bās′ĭn)
An open, bowl-like container for holding liquids. It may be shaped to fit around a structure.

emesis basin

A kidney-shaped basin that can fit close to the neck so vomitus may be collected.

lymph node basin

The lymph nodes, considered collectively, into which lymph channels drain from a particular region of the body. Lesions on an arm, for example, drain into the axillary basin; those on a leg drain into the groin. Similarly, prostate cancers drain into pelvic and periaortic basins.
References in classic literature ?
By God the basin is a good one, and worth a real of eight if it is worth a maravedis," and handed it to his master, who immediately put it on his head, turning it round, now this way, now that, in search of fitment, and not finding it he said, "Clearly the pagan to whose measure this famous head-piece was first forged must have had a very large head; but the worst of it is half of it is wanting.
There once existed two currents: an upper one, long since recognised, which conveys the waters of the ocean into the basin of the Mediterranean; and a lower counter-current, which reasoning has now shown to exist.
Another steely tentacle directed the powder from the basin along a ribbed channel towards some receiver that was hidden from me by the mound of bluish dust.
The lady trembled, and cast her eyes upward to the verge of the basin, as if meditating to return with her purpose unaccomplished.
She started when she became conscious that some one was near--started so violently that she dropped the basin with the currants in it, and then, when she saw it was Adam, she turned from pale to deep red.
Charley is accordingly introduced, and under a heavy fire of eyes, sits down to her basin and a Druidical ruin of bread and butter.
She turned her back, throwing into the basin a silver florin, which rang among the liards, and made the poor goodwives of the chapel of Etienne Haudry open their eyes.
In about an hour they returned and reported deep water through the passage as well as far into the little basin.
As soon as this occurred, the bees ceased to excavate, and began to build up flat walls of wax on the lines of intersection between the basins, so that each hexagonal prism was built upon the festooned edge of a smooth basin, instead of on the straight edges of a three-sided pyramid as in the case of ordinary cells.
We left Jajuel and again crossed the basin of San Felipe.
All slopes seemed to meet to form this basin and colossal forest bower.
She steeped a piece of linen in a basin, into which she poured some liquid from a bottle, and laid it with a gentle hand upon the sore.