- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM basketbas·ket·like, adjectiveun·bas·ket·like, adjective
Words nearby basket
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|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|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|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!"
About her neck was hung a covered basket and a door-key; and Davy at once concluded that she was Sindbad's house-keeper.
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
- 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
Other Idioms and Phrases with basket
In addition to the idiom beginning with basket
- basket case
- put all one's eggs in one basket