Simple Definition of basket
: a container usually made by weaving together long thin pieces of material
: the amount contained in a basket
basketball : a net hanging from a thin metal ring that the ball must go through in order to score points
Full Definition of basket
1 a : a receptacle made of interwoven material (as osiers) b : any of various lightweight usually wood containers c : the quantity contained in a basket
2 : something that resembles a basket especially in shape or use
3 a : a net open at the bottom and suspended from a metal ring that constitutes the goal in basketball b : a field goal in basketball
4 a : an aggregate of values (as of selected currencies) the average of which serves as a monetary standard b : a selection of financial instruments (as equities, futures, or options) the values of which reflect market fluctuations
5 : a ring around the lower end of a ski pole that keeps the pole from sinking too deep in snow
Examples of basket in a sentence
They brought their lunch in a picnic basket.
His shot missed the basket completely.
Origin of basket
Middle English, from Anglo-French; akin to Old French baschoue wooden vessel; both from Latin bascauda kind of basin, of Celtic origin; akin to Middle Irish basc necklace — more at fascia
First Known Use: 14th century
BASKET Defined for Kids
Definition of basket for Students
1 : a container usually made by weaving together materials (as reeds, straw, or strips of wood)
2 : the contents of a basket <a basket of berries>
3 : a net hanging from a metal ring through which a ball is shot in basketball
4 : a shot that scores in basketball
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