noun, often attributive
bas·ket·ball | \ ˈba-skit-ˌbȯl \

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

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Orlando attorney John Morgan is representing a group of Louisville basketball players suing the NCAA for casting them in a false light. Iliana Limón Romero,, "Orlando attorney John Morgan helps 2013 Louisville basketball players sue NCAA," 11 July 2018 Coin jars garnered $1,088.94 in donations, while curbside collections yielded $500, and a bake sale and basketball challenge brought in $336.48. Laura Groch,, "North County School News, July 5," 5 July 2018 Tobergte volunteers time and effort to St. Henry District High School, Redwood and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church/School, plus coaches youth baseball and basketball. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Dan Tobertge resigns from Northern Kentucky Tri-ED," 13 July 2018 While at Nevada, Barrio created an academic risk assessment process that helped the school earn a perfect 1000 progress rate score in men’s basketball and football. Kelli Stacy,, "Central Connecticut State University Names New Athletic Director," 12 July 2018 The 573 area code has been one of the hardest for Missouri football and basketball to recruit. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "This week in Mizzou recruiting: E.J. Liddell, Tray Jackson, Isiaih Mosley and more," 12 July 2018 The data showed that Angelenos are obsessed with running, style, basketball and sneakers. Ronald D. White,, "Nike knows what Angelenos like to buy. Its new data-driven store will stock those products," 12 July 2018 Elias described WhirlyBall as a cross between lacrosse, basketball and hockey all rolled into one on bumper cars. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's first WhirlyBall entertainment center, restaurant could be coming soon to Brookfield Square," 11 July 2018 Oak Lawn: The Oak Lawn Park District is offering a variety of summer camps, including basketball, soccer, golf, swimming, tennis and more. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Sports calendar," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of basketball

1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of basketball was in 1892

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English Language Learners Definition of basketball

: 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


bas·ket·ball | \ ˈba-skit-ˌbȯl \

Kids Definition of basketball

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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