WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bas•ket /ˈbæskɪt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a container made of flexible, woven material.
  2. anything like a basket in shape or use: a wastepaper basket.
  3. Sport
    • an open net hanging from a metal hoop in basketball.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
bas•ket  (baskit, bäskit),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a container made of twigs, rushes, thin strips of wood, or other flexible material woven together.
  2. a container made of pieces of thin veneer, used for packing berries, vegetables, etc.
  3. the amount contained in a basket;
    a basketful:to pick a basket of apples.
  4. anything like a basket in shape or use:He never empties my wastepaper basket.
  5. 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.
  6. the car or gondola suspended beneath a balloon, as for carrying passengers or scientific instruments into the atmosphere.
  7. Sport[Basketball.]
    • 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.
    • Sporta score, counting two for a field goal and one for a free throw.
  8. SportAlso called  snow ring. [Skiing.]a ring strapped to the base of a ski pole to limit penetration of the pole in the snow.
  9. Slang Terms(vulgar). the male genitals, esp. when outlined by a tight-fitting garment.
basket•like′, adj. 
  • British Celtic
  • Latin bascauda basin, perh.
  • early Romance *baskauta ( French dialect, dialectal bâchot, bachou wooden or interwoven vessel, Old High German baskiza box)
  • Middle English basket(te) 1250–1300

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

basket /ˈbɑːskɪt/ n
  1. 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
  2. Also called: basketful the amount a basket will hold
  3. something resembling such a container in appearance or function, such as the structure suspended from a balloon
  4. an open horizontal metal hoop fixed to the backboard, through which a player must throw the ball to score points
  5. a point or points scored in this way
  6. a group or collection of similar of related things: a basket of currencies
  7. informal
    a euphemism for bastard,
  8. the list of items an internet shopper chooses to buy at one time from a website: add these items to your basket
Etymology: 13th Century: probably from Old Northern French baskot (unattested), from Latin bascauda basketwork holder, of Celtic origin

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