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
For most who still follow that burning desire to make a living out of their various basketball skill sets, that means carving an existence overseas, a prospect that, while much more glamorous than in past years, is still a tough life.
Gwynn is not a licensed AAU coach, said Andy Fishman, who is over Ohio AAU girls basketball district.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert got his first win of the meet in the fifth race with Bejarano guiding Just a Smidge (2-1), and had a special treat when former San Diego State basketball coach Steve Fisher joined him in the winner’s circle.
Basketball Palos Hills: The South Side Shooters boys basketball program, open to boys in grades four to eight, will hold tryouts Aug. 28 at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 College Pkwy.
Kansas’ Lagerald Vick and Udoka Azubuike are two of 21 college basketball players serving as camp counselors at the Under Armour All-America camp through Sunday at Philadelphia University.
Next week, professional women’s basketball team the Seattle Storm will donate $5 from each ticket sale to Planned Parenthood.
Hammond police said that Inman was playing basketball with a group of children on a hoop in an alley behind a home before he was hit.
Scott Utterback/CJ Three returning players and two freshmen have caught Rick Pitino's eye in Louisville basketball's summer workouts.
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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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