- an open net suspended from a metal rim attached to the backboard and through which the ball must pass in order for a player to score points.
- a score, counting two for a field goal and one for a free throw.
- basivertebral vein,
- baskerville, john,
- basket case,
- basket catch,
- basket cell,
- basket chair,
- basket clause
Origin of basket
Examples from the Web for basket
He was duped into silly offensive fouls when smaller men moved in behind him as he powered toward the basket.
But his greatest gifts remain in the classic pivot—close in with his back to the basket.
She quickly moves down each aisle, filling her basket with produce.
I think just by having size you can play better defense around the basket.ESPN’s Bracket Champion Shares His March Madness Secrets|Ben Teitelbaum|March 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Essentially, the problem was too much dunking and basket interference, which was allowed then.
I know you would as soon lasso a wild cowboy as shoot a basket.Jane Allen: Center|Edith Bancroft
But he had scarcely gone two hundred yards when he met the girl walking calmly along the street with her basket on her arm.
They deposited their basket where Betty would find it, under the shadow of the great laurel in the back avenue.A World of Girls|L. T. Meade
A little hungry Mouse found his way one day into a basket of corn.
Harriet, coming down with her basket on her shoulder, and her rod unjointed, was the first to discover them.Margaret Capel, v. 3 of 3|Ellen Wallace
- an open horizontal metal hoop fixed to the backboard, through which a player must throw the ball to score points
- a point or points scored in this way
Word Origin for basket
early 13c., from Anglo-French bascat, origin obscure despite much speculation. On one theory from Latin bascauda "kettle, table-vessel," said by the Roman poet Martial to be from Celtic British and perhaps cognate with Latin fascis "bundle, faggot," in which case it probably originally meant "wicker basket." But OED frowns on this, and there is no evidence of such a word in Celtic unless later words in Irish and Welsh, counted as borrowings from English, are original.
In addition to the idiom beginning with basket
- basket case
- put all one's eggs in one basket