a container made of twigs, rushes, thin strips of wood, or other flexible material woven together.
a container made of pieces of thin veneer, used for packing berries, vegetables, etc.
the amount contained in a basket; a basketful: to pick a basket of apples.
anything like a basket in shape or use: He never empties my wastepaper basket.
any group of things or different things grouped as a unit; a package; package deal: You can't buy the single stock; you have to take the basket—all companies, stocks and bonds.
the car or gondola suspended beneath a balloon, as for carrying passengers or scientific instruments into the atmosphere.
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.
Also called snow ring. Skiing. a ring strapped to the base of a ski pole to limit penetration of the pole in the snow.
Slang: Vulgar. the male genitals, especially when outlined by a tight-fitting garment.
- bas·ket·like, adjective
- un·bas·ket·like, adjective
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How to use basket in a sentence
It comes with a capacity for a six-place setting plus a cutlery basket.
The 2013-14 Spurs beat LeBron’s Miami Heat via a kind of basketball hivemind, and the pre-Durant Warriors played similarly, just 10 extra feet from the basket.LeBron And AD Dominate Like Kobe And Shaq. But Can They Win Like The Classic Lakers? | Robert O'Connell | August 24, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Once they manage to push him farther away from the basket, the Celtics do absolutely everything they can to ignore the non-shooters.
In a supermarket, you could ogle the meat and produce yourself, even handle it, and then put it in your basket.How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War (Ep. 386 Rebroadcast) | Stephen J. Dubner | August 6, 2020 | Freakonomics
Remember, the researchers looked at a whole basket of social connections — all of which, by the way, can be measured more tangibly than loneliness.Is There Really a “Loneliness Epidemic”? (Ep. 407) | Stephen J. Dubner | February 27, 2020 | Freakonomics
Love means never having to say you're sorry... even if it leads to a gift basket.The Captain’s Log: Derek Jeter’s Lady-Killing Past, From ‘Yeah, Jeets!’ to Gift Baskets | Emily Shire | September 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was this wonderful, elegant man who thought the world was going to hell in a hand basket.The Stacks: Robin Williams, More Than A Shtick Figure | Joe Morgenstern | August 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.
If not for the writing and singing of songs, she might very well be a basket case.Married To Mr Burns: Life, Love, And Jealousy In The Music Of Judith Owen | Lloyd Grove | May 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Here there was a scuffling sound in the basket, and the Roc rapped on the cover with her hard beak, and cried, "Hush!"Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
About her neck was hung a covered basket and a door-key; and Davy at once concluded that she was Sindbad's house-keeper.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
Then the croupier tears open two packets of new cards, flinging the old ones into a waste-paper basket at his side.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
When the days were fine, Jean in his basket assisted at the dramatic performance in the market-place.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Below the round thing hung a square basket, with many ropes, and other things, fast to it.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
British Dictionary definitions for basket
a container made of interwoven strips of pliable materials, such as cane, straw, thin wood, or plastic, and often carried by means of a handle or handles
Also called: basketful the amount a basket will hold
something resembling such a container in appearance or function, such as the structure suspended from a balloon
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
a group or collection of similar of related things: a basket of currencies
the list of items an internet shopper chooses to buy at one time from a website: add these items to your basket
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with basket
In addition to the idiom beginning with basket
- basket case
- put all one's eggs in one basket
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