basketball

noun, often attributive bas·ket·ball \ -ˌbȯl \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

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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First Known Use of basketball

1892


BASKETBALL Defined for English Language Learners

basketball

noun

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

basketball

noun bas·ket·ball \ ˈba-skit-ˌbȯl \

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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