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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According to Amity Shlaes, author of Coolidge, Rebecca was often toted around in her own basket by Grace, making public appearances at summer parties and Easter egg rolls. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "For His Patriotic Birthday, Five Facts About Calvin Coolidge," 2 July 2018 Not as fast as a microwave, but with less risk of bursting into flames. Renovate your hanging baskets. Sally Mccabe,, "June 29-July 5: In the garden, it's time to…," 29 June 2018 Tre Coleman, Jeffersonville: The 6-5 Coleman showed potential as an inside-outside threat as a sophomore, doing much of his work around the basket. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar basketball recruiting rankings for Indiana's 2020 class," 26 June 2018 He is known mostly for his overtime buzzer-beating basket against Wisconsin which lifted Florida to the Elite Eight in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "This former UF basketball star received a summer league invite after going undrafted," 22 June 2018 The Cleveland Cavaliers shot chart around the basket looked like pirate treasure map gone wrong. Jason Johnson, The Root, "LeBron James Is Finally Free From Cleveland and It Couldn’t have Happened to a Nicer City," 9 June 2018 The event is not without requirements: participants must dress in all white and bring their own white picnic basket and chairs, as well as a square folding table, the website said. Anna Muckerman,, "Secretive picnic Le Diner en Blanc returns to Baltimore in August," 6 June 2018 Without Bishy, Bishop's Bikes in Bloom entry is a little less spectacular but still pretty with its pink baskets and flowers adorning a blue bicycle. Sheila Vilvens,, "Milford bike shop Bishop's wants its clown back, please," 5 June 2018 Davis was particularly dominant around the basket, scoring often on dunks of the driving, put-back or alley-oop variety, and the Pelicans outscored the Warriors 54-36 in the paint. The Associated Press, New York Times, "Pelicans Take Down the Warriors in Game 3," 5 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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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


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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