basin vs washbasin what difference

what is difference between basin and washbasin

English

Alternative forms

  • bason (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English basyn, from Old French bacin, from Vulgar Latin *baccinum (wide bowl).

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) enPR: bā’sĭn, IPA(key): /ˈbeɪsɪn/
  • Rhymes: -eɪsən

Noun

basin (plural basins)

  1. a wide bowl for washing, sometimes affixed to a wall
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act II, Scene 1,[1]
      First, as you know, my house within the city
      Is richly furnished with plate and gold,
      Basins and ewers to lave her dainty hands;
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, John 13:5,[2]
      After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
    • 1766, Tobias Smollett, Travels Through France and Italy, Letter V,[3]
      What then, you will say, must a man sit with his chops and fingers up to the ears and knuckles in grease? No; let those who cannot eat without defiling themselves, step into another room, provided with basons and towels: but I think it would be better to institute schools, where youth may learn to eat their victuals, without daubing themselves, or giving offence to the eyes of one another.
    • 1923, Willa Cather, One of Ours, Book One, Chapter 1,[4]
      Everybody had washed before going to bed, apparently, and the bowls were ringed with a dark sediment which the hard, alkaline water had not dissolved. Shutting the door on this disorder, he turned back to the kitchen, took Mahailey’s tin basin, doused his face and head in cold water, and began to plaster down his wet hair.
    Synonym: sink
  2. (obsolete) a shallow bowl used for a single serving of a drink or liquidy food
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, Chapter 15,[5]
      [] Mr. John Knightley, ashamed of his ill-humour, was now all kindness and attention; and so particularly solicitous for the comfort of her father, as to seem—if not quite ready to join him in a basin of gruel—perfectly sensible of its being exceedingly wholesome []
    • 1826, George Wood, The Subaltern Officer: A Narrative, London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, Chapter 7, p. 109,[6]
      They have a good basin of coffee or cocoa for breakfast []
    • 1838, Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Chapter 2,[7]
      He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said: somewhat alarmed at his own temerity: ¶ ‘Please, sir, I want some more.’
    • 1893, Gilbert Parker, “The March of the White Guard,” in Tavistock Tales, New York: Tait Sons & Co., p. 27,[8]
      Gaspé Toujours is drinking a basin of tea, and Jeff Hyde is fitfully dozing by the fire.
    • 1915, Sarah Broom Macnaughtan, A Woman’s Diary of the War, New York: Dutton, 1916, Chapter 7, p. 99,[9]
      A steaming basin of coffee or soup revived them greatly, and even having to decide which of these refreshments they would have, and helping themselves to bread, pulled them together a little.
  3. a depression, natural or artificial, containing water
    • 1876, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Chapter 31,[10]
      This shortly brought them to a bewitching spring, whose basin was incrusted with a frostwork of glittering crystals []
    • 1891, Frederic Farrar, Darkness at Dawn, Chapter 6,[11]
      The fountains were plashing musically into marble and alabaster basins.
    • 1926, D. H. Lawrence, The Plumed Serpent, Chapter 2,[12]
      There was a stone basin of clear but motionless water, and the heavy reddish-and-yellow arches went round the courtyard with warrior-like fatality, their bases in dark shadow.
  4. (geography) an area of land from which water drains into a common outlet; drainage basin
  5. (geography) a rock formation scooped out by water erosion

Derived terms

Translations

Further reading

  • basin in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • basin in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

See also

  • basin on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Basin in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)

Verb

basin (third-person singular simple present basins, present participle (US) basining or basinning, simple past and past participle (US) basined or basinned)

  1. To create a concavity or depression in.
  2. To serve as or become a basin.
  3. To shelter or enclose in a basin.

Anagrams

  • Bains, Bians, IBANs, Ibans, Nabis, Sabin, bains, nabis, naibs, nisab, nisba, sabin

Catalan

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Central, Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈba.zin/

Verb

basin

  1. third-person plural present subjunctive form of basar
  2. third-person plural imperative form of basar

Cebuano

Adverb

basin

  1. maybe

French

Etymology

From Old French bombasin, ultimately from Medieval Latin bombyx, bambax, from Ancient Greek πάμβαξ (pámbax, cotton).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ba.zɛ̃/

Noun

basin m (plural basins)

  1. (textiles, historical) bombasine

Further reading

  • “basin” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • bains

Hiligaynon

Noun

basín

  1. toilet

Keley-I Kallahan

Noun

basin

  1. (anatomy) kidney

Middle English

Noun

basin

  1. Alternative form of basyn

Volapük

Noun

basin (nominative plural basins)

  1. basin
  2. water basin

Declension



English

Etymology

wash +‎ basin

Noun

washbasin (plural washbasins)

  1. A basin used for washing, (now) particularly a permanently installed sink, fitted with a water supply and a drain, for washing the hands and face.

Alternative forms

  • wash basin

Synonyms

  • (all senses): handbasin
  • (a basin with a water supply): washstand
  • (a simple basin without water supply): lavabo, piscina, laver, lavatory (Christian); washbowl

Derived terms

  • washbasin helmet

Translations


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