from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The area occupied by a lake.
- noun The area from which the waters of a lake are collected.
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The sway the tribes of the table-land and interior lake-basin held over many of their neighbours appeared to him
Every year, when the rains fall in the great lake-basin of Central Africa, from which one branch of the great river comes, and on the Abyssinian hills, where the other branch rises, the Nile comes down in flood.
Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt James Baikie 1898
In making the trip down the Big Tuolumne Canyon, animals may be led as far as a small, grassy, forested lake-basin that lies below the crossing of the Virginia Creek trail.
The Yosemite John Muir 1876
At the lake-basin the Collector, after he had surveyed his hay-meadow, went around it to the inlet of the lake with his brown pair of attendants to try their luck, while I botanized in the delightful flora which called to mind the cool sphagnum and carex bogs of Wisconsin and Canada.
Travels in Alaska John Muir 1876
Near the village of Steinheim, in Würtemberg, there is an ancient lake-basin, dating from Tertiary times.
And suppose a place like this, away from the towns, where God's beautiful water is coming down in a hurry, with a cry of power in every leap, -- where there is a great lake-basin full of material for work, just stored away against men's need for their earning and their building, -- suppose this place taken and used for the giving of
The Other Girls 1865
Laguna, "and its great area and depth of fertile soil are the result of an ancient lake-basin.