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  1. James,1861–1939, U.S. physical-education teacher and originator of basketball, born in Canada.
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Historical Examples

  • We all know what Mr. Naismith means by this method of inquisition.

    The Doctor

    Ralph Connor

  • Naismith, a youngish man of thirty, with glasses, smiled sheepishly and cocked his head at his companion.

British Dictionary definitions for naismith


  1. James. 1861–1939, Canadian sportsman and coach; inventor of basketball
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