basket

noun
bas·​ket | \ ˈba-skit How to pronounce basket (audio) , British also ˈbäs-\

Definition of basket

1a : a receptacle made of interwoven material (such 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
3a : a net open at the bottom and suspended from a metal ring that constitutes the goal in basketball
b : a field goal in basketball
4a : an aggregate of values (as of selected currencies) the average of which serves as a monetary standard
b : a selection of financial instruments (such 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

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Other Words from basket

basketlike \ ˈba-​skit-​ˌlīk How to pronounce basketlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of basket in a Sentence

They brought their lunch in a picnic basket. His shot missed the basket completely.

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The dollar index, which tracks the buck against a basket of developed market currencies, has fallen some 1.6% in the last two weeks alone. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "A Fear at the G20 Summit: That the U.S.-China Trade War Turns Into a Currency Conflict," 28 June 2019 Clarke’s presence will allow center Karl-Anthony Towns to spend more time on the perimeter and not banging around under the basket throughout the game. oregonlive.com, "NBA mock draft 2019: Pelicans trade No. 4 pick after Anthony Davis deal; Blazers grab a Tar Heel and former Oregon Duck Bol Bol’s strong ‘pro day’ boosts his stock," 18 June 2019 Thompson was fouled by Danny Green on a drive to the basket with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter. Janie Mccauley, courant.com, "Klay Thompson sustains torn left ACL in Warriors’ loss," 14 June 2019 Instead, Vence is seen leaving the apartment on May 3 carrying a large blue laundry basket with a black trash bag inside, according to the affidavit. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Suspect in Maleah Davis' death says 'nothing bad happened' as mom demands answers," 5 June 2019 Waste baskets with anything at all inside them—never mind that that's what they're intended for—do not. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "I Couldn't Be a Mom, Without My Own Mom's Help," 10 May 2019 As a late-bloomer with high-caliber tools, natural ability defending the basket and some touch around the rim, Hayes has the potential to check every box for a five-man who doesn’t shoot jumpers. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft: Ranking Best Bigs Available," 14 June 2019 And leading up to the injury, the 6-foot-9 Durant made himself even more of a villain by getting into a fiery exchange with undersized guard Fred VanVleet near the basket. Curtis Rush, courant.com, "Toronto, ‘embarrassed’ by fans who cheered Kevin Durant’s injury, seeks to make amends," 12 June 2019 Although the company ultimately benefited—the owner sent gang members Christmas baskets and turkeys in gratitude—prosecutors would later accuse Mijango of being an accomplice to extortion. Daniel Castro, Harper's magazine, "The Truce," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of basket

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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basket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of basket

: a container usually made by weaving together long thin pieces of material
: the amount contained in a basket
: a net hanging from a thin metal ring that the ball must go through in order to score points

basket

noun
bas·​ket | \ ˈba-skit How to pronounce basket (audio) \

Kids Definition of basket

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

Other Words from basket

basketlike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

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