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1 a container that is usually woven and has handles [syn: handbasket]
2 the quantity contained in a basket [syn: basketful]
3 horizontal hoop with a net through which players try to throw the basketball [syn: basketball hoop, hoop]
4 a score in basketball made by throwing the ball through the hoop [syn: field goal]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • RP: , /ˈbɑːskɪt/, /"bA:skIt/
  • , /ˈbɑːskət/, /"bA:sk@t/


  1. A lightweight container, generally round, open at the top, and tapering toward the bottom.
    He nailed two peach baskets on opposite ends of the gymnasium.
  2. (also shopping basket) A wire or plastic container similar in shape to a basket, used for carrying articles for purchase in a shop.
  3. In an (online shop), a notional place to store items before ordering them.
  4. A circular hoop, from which a net is suspended, which is the goal through which the players try to throw the ball.
    The point guard drove toward the basket.
  5. The act of putting the ball through the basket, thereby scoring points.
    The last-second basket sealed the victory.
  6. The game of basketball.
    Let's play some basket.


wire or plastic container for carrying articles for purchase
notional place to store items before ordering them online
basketball: hoop from which a net is suspended
basketball: act of putting the ball through the basket
slang: bulge created by a man's sex organs, as viewable through clothing
euphemistic: bastard (used as an insult)
  • Danish: fyr
Translations of the "shopping basket" sense should be moved to shopping basket.

See also


Etymology 1

From basketball.

Etymology 2

basketball shoes


fr-noun f
  1. sneakers, trainers (UK)
    On y va dès que tout le monde a fini de mettre ses baskets.



basket (uncountable)


Extensive Definition

This article is about the physical container. For other meanings, see Basket (disambiguation).
A basket is a container which is traditionally constructed from stiff fibres, often made of willow. The top is either left open or the basket may be fitted with a lid.

Historical usage

Wood, bamboo, wheat, other grasses, rushes, twigs, osiers, or wicker are often used to make baskets. These items can also made today from plastic. The first baskets were woven by gatherers to collect fruits, grains, nuts, and other edible plant materials, as well as for holding fish by early fishing humans. A creel is a basket made especially to hold fish.
The plant life available in a region affects the choice of material, which in turn influences the weaving technique. Rattan and other members of the Arecaceae or palm tree family, the thin grasses of temperate regions, and broad-leaved tropical bromeliads each require a different method of twisting and braiding to be made into an effective basket.
Although baskets were traditionally created to serve a utilitarian rather than an aesthetic purpose, the practice of basket making has evolved into an art. Artistic freedom allows basket makers a wide choice of colors, materials, sizes, patterns, and details.Archaeological sites in the Middle East show that weaving techniques were used to make mats and possibly also baskets, circa 8 000 BC. Baskets made with several interwoven techniques were common at 3 000 BC.
The carrying of a basket on the head, particularly by rural women, has long been practiced. Representations of this in Ancient Greek art are called Canephorae.
Overturned woven baskets are used drummed by the Tohono O'odham to accompany songs (Zepeda 1995, p.89).
Eventually Lini would be pronaunced the king of the sport, and honeret all over the world as the only superier to everybody!

Modern usage

In modern usage, baskets are chosen chiefly for decorative purposes.
Easter baskets are used to collect or hold treats for Easter. These baskets are normally made of plastic (not woven) and have a weave-like pattern imprinted.
Gift baskets are used to present items such as fruit, wine, and flowers. Some baskets are used to cradle bottles of red wine to assist pouring.
Baskets made out of crystal glass are manufactured both for decorative and utility purposes.
Hot air balloons are equipped with baskets for carrying the operator and passengers.
As a demonstration of contortionism, a basket containing a human may be repeatedly pierced with swords. The human survives through skill in avoiding the swords.

Figurative and literary usage

The phrase "to hell in a handbasket" means to rapidly deteriorate. The origin of this use is unclear.

Gallery of baskets


  • Zepeda, Ofelia (1995). Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert. ISBN 0816515417.
basket in Tosk Albanian: Zeine
basket in Aragonese: Capazo
basket in Bulgarian: Кошница
basket in Catalan: Cistell
basket in German: Korb (Behälter)
basket in Spanish: Cesta
basket in Esperanto: Korbo
basket in French: Vannier (métier)
basket in Scottish Gaelic: Cliabh
basket in Luxembourgish: Kierfmécher
basket in Dutch: Mand
basket in Japanese: 籠
basket in Polish: Kosz (pojemnik)
basket in Portuguese: Cesto
basket in Quechua: Isanka
basket in Simple English: Basket
basket in Swedish: Korgflätning
basket in Samogitian: Krėžis

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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