- 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.
Origin of basket
Examples from the Web for basket
Contemporary Examples of 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.
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
May 7, 2014
She quickly moves down each aisle, filling her basket with produce.The Gluten-Free Diet Has Two Faces
May 6, 2014
I think just by having size you can play better defense around the basket.ESPN’s Bracket Champion Shares His March Madness Secrets
March 18, 2014
Historical Examples of basket
She, carrying the babies, drugged with paregoric, in a basket on her arm.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Two puppies were carried in a basket, one of which the Princess accepted as a gift.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
One of the women's headbands slipped and the basket swung sideways.The Trail Book
They returned home just as it was growing dark, laden with basket and portmanteau.Rico and Wiseli
Who is it that has taken the fruit from the basket of your uncle the canon?The Boy Life of Napoleon
- 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