Definition of basket
1a : a receptacle made of interwoven material (such as osiers)b : any of various lightweight usually wood containersc : 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 basketballb : a field goal in basketball
4a : an aggregate of values (as of selected currencies) the average of which serves as a monetary standardb : 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
basketlikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of basket in a Sentence
They brought their lunch in a picnic basket.
His shot missed the basket completely.
Recent Examples of basket from the Web
The dollar is heading for the worst annual decline in a decade after losing about 6 percent of its value against a basket of currencies.
No one else seemed to show up with the most glaring absences being Tristan Thompson, who had no points and four rebounds and was outplayed at times by Zaza Pachulia, and J.R. Smith, who made just one basket.
Tickets are $2 (6 for $10, 20 for $20); prizes include gift baskets, restaurant gift cards, concert tickets and more.
The event includes tours of five Oak Lawn gardens full of new ideas as well as refreshments and a raffle to win a deluxe garden basket.
Cost Plus World Market buyers travel the globe visiting remote villages, centuries-old factories and foreign markets, searching for products, including baskets from the Philippines, chocolates from Belgium and pottery from Portugal.
Across the street, a teenage boy is sharpening a knife next to a wire basket full of unsuspecting chickens.
There are days when my washed clothes sit in the basket unfolded until the wrinkles have practically calcified.
Every surface stretched gleamingly into the distance: the countertops, the professional range, the island with its basket of gourds, French press and sticks of burning Frankincense.
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BASKET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of basket for English Language Learners
: a container usually made by weaving together long thin pieces of material
: the amount contained in a basket
basketball : a net hanging from a thin metal ring that the ball must go through in order to score points
BASKET Defined for Kids
Definition of basket for Students
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
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