basket

noun bas·ket \ ˈbas-kit , British also ˈbäs- \

Definition of basket

1 a :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
3 a :a net open at the bottom and suspended from a metal ring that constitutes the goal in basketball
b :a field goal in basketball
4 a :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

basketlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of basket in a Sentence

  1. They brought their lunch in a picnic basket.

  2. His shot missed the basket completely.

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Origin and Etymology of 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



BASKET Defined for English Language Learners

basket

noun

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

basket

noun bas·ket \ ˈba-skit \

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

basketlike

\-ˌlīk\ adjective


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