Definition of basketball
: a usually indoor court game between two teams of usually five players each who score by tossing an inflated ball through a raised goal; also : the ball used in this game
Recent Examples of basketball from the Web
Constand left Temple when the basketball season ended, returning home to become a massage therapist like her father.
A report from the university’s police department lists five current and former Kansas men’s basketball players and two women as witnesses.
This year’s Finals features a handful of the most skilled players in basketball history, each of whom plays at a genius’s remove, their relationship to the court akin to that between generals and battlefields or chess grandmasters and boards.
Jack Stockton was a co-founder of Jack and Dan’s tavern, a Spokane institution as a hub for fans of Gonzaga basketball.
Go argue with the Wall Street banker who watched Jordan drop 55 on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in the fifth game of a March 1995 comeback after nearly two basketball-free years.
Also attending was Miller's son, Matt, who recently announced that his M14 Hoops basketball training facility is relocating to Aurora from Naperville.
Rouzie and Staley said the events center can host a number of activities, including basketball tournaments, cheerleading events and gymnastics.
Griffith boys basketball coach Gary Hayes is out after five years.
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First Known Use of basketball
BASKETBALL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of basketball for English Language Learners
: a game in which two teams of five players bounce a ball and try to score points by throwing the ball through one of the raised nets at each end of a rectangular court
: a large rubber ball that is used in the game of basketball
BASKETBALL Defined for Kids
Definition of basketball for Students
1 : a game in which two teams try to throw a ball through a hanging net
2 : the ball used in basketball
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