basketball

play
noun, often attributive bas·ket·ball \-ˌbȯl\

Definition of basketball

  1. :  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

1892

First Known Use of basketball

1892


BASKETBALL Defined for English Language Learners

basketball

play
noun, often attributive bas·ket·ball \-ˌbȯl\

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

play
noun bas·ket·ball \ˈba-skit-ˌbȯl\

Definition of basketball for Students

  1. 1 :  a game in which two teams try to throw a ball through a hanging net

  2. 2 :  the ball used in basketball



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