basket

noun
bas·​ket | \ ˈba-skit, 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 \ 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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Ideology, conceived of in terms of a basket of policies unified by an overarching view of government, did not seem to be a decisive factor one way or another. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The strange argument that Democrats actually lost the midterms, debunked," 9 Nov. 2018 The Trail Blazers converted a flurry of Spurs turnovers to start the second half into a parade of easy baskets, turning what had been a tight game at intermission into a potential laugher. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Summer school in session for Spurs rookie Walker," 10 July 2018 By the end of the rally, hundreds of bouquets filled dozens of baskets on the steps of Boise's City Hall. CBS News, "Girl slain in Boise stabbing "loved pink and Disney princesses"," 3 July 2018 Thirteen players were ejected from Monday's FIBA World Cup qualifying game after the teams exchanged punches under one of the baskets midway through the third quarter. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Australia-Philippines FIBA basketball game gets ugly with 13 ejections after massive brawl," 2 July 2018 Place the eggs in a single layer on the bottom of the steamer basket, reduce the heat to medium and cover the pot. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how to steam eggs and cook potatoes for perfect potato salad," 20 June 2018 What in creation was spilling over several folding tables—used ball-point pens, foil, torn newspaper, doodles, bits of paper, the contents of a wastepaper basket held together with cardboard and brown packing tape. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Old In Art School," 20 June 2018 His kitchen counter is full of fruit baskets containing grapes, bananas and apples, among other options. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "Michael Porter Jr. has no regrets with his Mizzou career, says he's now 100 percent | The Kansas City Star," 17 May 2018 Members of the organization are also selling raffle tickets for a basket filled with $100 worth of scratch lottery tickets. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 15 May 2018

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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

basketball : 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 \

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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