Basin

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An old wash basin from China.

A basin can be any thing or place that water or other things are held in by gravity.

  • A wash basin is bowl-shaped and used for washing hands or food; if it has a drain it is usually called a sink
  • A river basin is called a watershed
  • An oceanic basin is a low place in the Earth that holds an ocean
  • A sedimentary basin is a low place in the Earth that gets filled with dirt and rocks