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 for coal fields
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Basin \Ba"sin\, n. [OF. bacin, F. bassin, LL. bacchinus, fr.
     bacca a water vessel, fr. L. bacca berry, in allusion to the
     round shape; or perh. fr. Celtic. Cf. Bac.]
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     1. A hollow vessel or dish, to hold water for washing, and
        for various other uses.
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     2. The quantity contained in a basin.
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     3. A hollow vessel, of various forms and materials, used in
        the arts or manufactures, as that used by glass grinders
        for forming concave glasses, by hatters for molding a hat
        into shape, etc.
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     4. A hollow place containing water, as a pond, a dock for
        ships, a little bay. --Pope
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     5. (Physical Geog.)
        (a) A circular or oval valley, or depression of the
            surface of the ground, the lowest part of which is
            generally occupied by a lake, or traversed by a river.
        (b) The entire tract of country drained by a river, or
            sloping towards a sea or lake.
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     6. (Geol.) An isolated or circumscribed formation,
        particularly where the strata dip inward, on all sides,
        toward a center; -- especially applied to the coal
        formations, called coal basins or coal fields.
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