basket

noun
bas·​ket | \ ˈba-skit How to pronounce basket (audio) , British also ˈbäs-\

Definition of basket

1a : a receptacle made of interwoven material (such as osiers)
b : any of various lightweight usually wood containers
c : the quantity contained in a basket
2 : something that resembles a basket especially in shape or use
3a : a net open at the bottom and suspended from a metal ring that constitutes the goal in basketball
b : a field goal in basketball
4a : an aggregate of values (as of selected currencies) the average of which serves as a monetary standard
b : a selection of financial instruments (such as equities, futures, or options) the values of which reflect market fluctuations
5 : a ring around the lower end of a ski pole that keeps the pole from sinking too deep in snow

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Other Words from basket

basketlike \ ˈba-​skit-​ˌlīk How to pronounce basketlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of basket in a Sentence

They brought their lunch in a picnic basket. His shot missed the basket completely.

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Police released a video showing a suspect attempting to snatch two hanging baskets from a front porch. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "'Gnome bandit' accused of Highlands thefts arrested in Georgia," 10 July 2018 His path along the baseline now clear, Gilgeous-Alexander burst toward the basket for a two-handed dunk. Broderick Turner, latimes.com, "Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shows all-around skills during Clippers debut," 8 July 2018 The 6-foot-7, 200-pounder attacks the basket with authority, is a deft and willing passer, rebounds with tenacity and can defend any position on the court. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Badgers basketball team gets commitment from forward Tyler Wahl for 2019 recruiting class," 21 June 2018 The traces of the inhabitants — a toothbrush left out, or hanging baskets of plants — speak of people who will never come back. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Traces of life trapped beneath volcano’s ash," 13 June 2018 The traces of the inhabitants — a toothbrush left out, or hanging baskets of plants — speak of people who will never come back. Rodrigo Abd, Fox News, "AP PHOTOS: Traces of life trapped beneath volcano's ash," 13 June 2018 Golden State had seven assists on 13 made baskets in the opening quarter. Scott Cacciola, Benjamin Hoffman And Marc Stein, New York Times, "Warriors, in Full Dynasty Mode, Sweep Cavaliers in N.B.A. Finals," 9 June 2018 The 6-foot-9 Boston forward, who is a large man in his own right, clamped both hands down on James’ shoulders from behind, hoping to deliver a hard foul and stop the easy basket. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "LeBron James: One man stands in the Warriors’ way," 30 May 2018 This is the second time this series Covington failed to make a basket. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers-Celtics observations, 'best' and 'worst' awards: Sixers' reality, Jayson Tatum's dominance and Robert Covington's struggles," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of basket

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for basket

Middle English, from Anglo-French; akin to Old French baschoue wooden vessel; both from Latin bascauda kind of basin, of Celtic origin; akin to Middle Irish basc necklace — more at fascia

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basket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of basket

: a container usually made by weaving together long thin pieces of material
: the amount contained in a basket
: a net hanging from a thin metal ring that the ball must go through in order to score points

basket

noun
bas·​ket | \ ˈba-skit How to pronounce basket (audio) \

Kids Definition of basket

1 : a container usually made by weaving together materials (as reeds, straw, or strips of wood)
2 : the contents of a basket a basket of berries
3 : a net hanging from a metal ring through which a ball is shot in basketball
4 : a shot that scores in basketball

Other Words from basket

basketlike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

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