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 last long ball came on the penultimate day of play, a low fastball that flew into the center-field basket at Wrigley Field. Jack Harriswriter, Los Angeles Times, "MLB 1994 strike: Revered milestones eluded Tony Gwynn and Matt Williams," 12 Aug. 2019 The day also includes free lunch and refreshments, basket giveaways, a 50/50 raffle and prizes for the winning team in each division., "World War II era veteran offers insight into early women’s corps, military life: Olmsted Dates and Data," 12 Aug. 2019 Any conspicuous weakening of the yuan against its American counterpart makes people nervous, regardless of what is happening to the broader basket. The Economist, "Why a weakening yuan is rattling markets," 5 Aug. 2019 But the big show belongs to a $10.25 basket poetically called Nuts, Bolts & Rings. Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Good Time Charlie’s," 2 Aug. 2019 Most dogs have an area, or at best, a basket for their toys—not Wacha, though. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "Andy Cohen's Dog Lives a Better Life Than Me," 30 July 2019 With his team down by four, James takes a quick step, beats his defender, and jumps, sending the ball in a high arc toward the basket. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "The Wild, Unregulated World of Sports Supplements," 22 July 2019 Instead of putting it back for a game-winning basket with less than 5 seconds left, Smith dribbled the ball out to the perimeter, apparently believing the Cavaliers had the lead. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks reportedly meeting with veteran NBA player (and personality) J.R. Smith," 18 July 2019 Included in your reservation is an in-room breakfast basket or fixings to make your own breakfast and a bottle of Delfino Vineyards wine. Gerry Frank,, "Cheers to these 2 Roseburg wineries: Gerry Frank’s picks," 14 July 2019

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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
: 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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