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basket

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noun bas·ket \ˈbas-kit, British also ˈbäs-\

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. 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. 2 :  something that resembles a basket especially in shape or use

  3. 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. 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. 5 :  a ring around the lower end of a ski pole that keeps the pole from sinking too deep in snow

bas·ket·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of basket

  1. They brought their lunch in a picnic basket.

  2. 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

Rhymes with basket




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