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 basket (audio) \ adjective

Examples of basket in a Sentence

They brought their lunch in a picnic basket. His shot missed the basket completely.
Recent Examples on the Web The route is muddled with confusing paths-of-use, so be sure to follow the basket cairns to stay on the official trail. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 26 July 2021 The game is played on a half court (the teams share the basket for pregame layups), with a 12-second shot clock. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2021 It’s peak peach season, which means it’s prime time to eat ripe ones by the basket, fresh, still warm from the sun, over the sink, letting the fuzz tickle your nose as the juices run down your forearms. Washington Post, 24 July 2021 The tickets will be for Section 101, behind the basket. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 July 2021 The pilot of a hot-air balloon that had been carrying a total of five people is dead after becoming entangled in gear underneath the basket and then falling to the ground, state police said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 July 2021 Holiday’s basket had the Bucks in good shape at 108-94 with about 9 minutes remaining, but the Suns put together a push in the final minutes. Brian Mahoney, ajc, 18 July 2021 At some point, troopers said in a statement, the hot air balloon started to descend and briefly touched down in a field, at which time the basket flipped and a passenger fell out but wasn’t injured., 17 July 2021 The basket tipped over and one of the four passengers fell out, but wasn't injured. Camille Furst, CNN, 17 July 2021

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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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28 Jul 2021

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“Basket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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
: a net hanging from a thin metal ring that the ball must go through in order to score points


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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