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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As a late-bloomer with high-caliber tools, natural ability defending the basket and some touch around the rim, Hayes has the potential to check every box for a five-man who doesn’t shoot jumpers. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft: Ranking Best Bigs Available," 14 June 2019 And leading up to the injury, the 6-foot-9 Durant made himself even more of a villain by getting into a fiery exchange with undersized guard Fred VanVleet near the basket. Curtis Rush, courant.com, "Toronto, ‘embarrassed’ by fans who cheered Kevin Durant’s injury, seeks to make amends," 12 June 2019 Although the company ultimately benefited—the owner sent gang members Christmas baskets and turkeys in gratitude—prosecutors would later accuse Mijango of being an accomplice to extortion. Daniel Castro, Harper's magazine, "The Truce," 10 June 2019 The power forward has six blocks to go with his 6 points and four rebounds, repeatedly making Golden State pay for trying to get anywhere near the basket. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "How the Raptors Won Game 3 of the N.B.A. Finals," 5 June 2019 IKEA Family members can save 25 percent on select natural fiber baskets and PÅTÅR coffee; 20 percent on outdoor furniture, SUNDVIK cribs, cushion covers and decorative cushions; and 15 percent on custom countertops from May 22 through June 2. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Best Memorial Day Sales of 2019, From Mattresses to Appliances," 21 May 2019 The Warriors roared back, closing within 76-75 on Alfonzo McKinnie’s basket and pulling ahead on Looney’s layup to cap a 10-0 run. Anne M. Peterson, The Seattle Times, "Green, Warriors beat Blazers for 3-0 lead in West finals," 19 May 2019 Otherwise, support small village shops in Shorobe by buying baskets and artwork. Andrew Stein, National Geographic, "Explore the thriving safari industry with these insider tips.," 1 Apr. 2019 Berry transformed a shallow, door-less closet from an eyesore into a charming storage space by lining it with striped wallpaper and adding decorative baskets for corralling toys and gear. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Gray Malin Reveals His Twins' Beachy-Luxe Playroom," 26 Nov. 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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The first known use of basket was in the 13th century

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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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