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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His numbers around the basket and behind the 3-point line were phenomenal for anyone else and pedestrian for him. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Stephen Curry Wants to Get Better at Shooting," 8 Oct. 2018 The store is almost impossible to miss, with a facade that’s purposefully obscured by tumbling roses, potted plants, baskets, and even a bicycle. Emily Farra, Vogue, "LoveShackFancy’s New Store Feels Like Stepping Into a Lush, Flower-Filled Storybook," 17 Apr. 2019 According to the story, the sweet Peep helps decorate eggs, fills baskets and—most importantly—can see all the acts of kindness that kids do in the days and weeks leading up to Easter. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Peep on a Perch' Is the New 'Elf on a Shelf'," 8 Mar. 2019 This includes chlorine tablet containers, brushes, skim baskets, and poles. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Winterize Your Pool," 25 Oct. 2018 Oliver played last season for the Delaware Blue Coats of the NBA G-League, and needs to specialize on rolling to the basket and grabbing rebounds – especially offensive ones. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Cameron Oliver's summer league play with Sixers is turning heads," 12 July 2018 Wicked Maine Lobster, serving Maine lobster rolls, macaroni and cheese, clam bake, shrimp baskets and chowder. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Little Italy Food Hall opening Thursday," 5 July 2018 Bird baths, hanging baskets and patio furniture, police said. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Dude, here's your gnome: Police recover property from Highlands thefts," 5 July 2018 When it’s done, take out the filter basket and use the lid to pour. Jeffrey Van Camp, WIRED, "The 6 Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers You Can Buy," 22 June 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
: 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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