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.
Recent Examples on the Web Their undulating, organic forms—each basket is unique—remind us of mollusk shells, or maybe pattypan squash run amok. Mackenzie Chung Fegan, Bon Appétit, "15 Gifts That Are Under $100 (and a Few Splurges!)," 17 Nov. 2020 The Wildcats have high-scoring guard Lindsey Pulliam back but lost Abi Scheid and Abbie Wolf, team leaders who provided height under the basket. David Ginsburg, Star Tribune, "No. 12 Maryland women will be challenged in improved Big Ten," 17 Nov. 2020 Taylor plays extremely hard, attacks the basket hard, and is elite in transition. oregonlive, "Taylor Bigby, nation’s No. 24 overall prospect, signs with Oregon Ducks women’s basketball," 12 Nov. 2020 The interim Pfizer data suggests the basket is the right one. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Four reasons for encouragement based on Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine results," 9 Nov. 2020 The excess water from steaming collects in the mixing container in which the steaming basket sits. Amy Eisinger, M.a., SELF, "The Beaba Babycook Is the Best Baby Gadget We’ve Bought," 6 Nov. 2020 The Loewe Foundation Craft Prize introduced Anderson to the master basket weaver Joe Hogan, which led to a project working with weavers from around the world. Alex Harrington, Vogue, "19 Designers—From Household Names to Emerging New Talent—On The Power of Partnership," 28 Oct. 2020 His defense and ability to move the ball have been strong, but Izzo wants the sometimes-mercurial Henry to be more aggressive in attacking the basket and looking to score. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Burning questions for Michigan State basketball, including who takes Xavier Tillman's minutes?," 14 Oct. 2020 With 3:19 left, Walker drove an empty baseline and was fouled by LeBron under the basket. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Butler has a night for the ages as Heat shock Lakers in Game 3 | Commentary," 4 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of basket was in the 13th century

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24 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Basket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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