/ˈbɑːskɪt/, /ˈbæskɪt/, /ˈbaːskət/

  • A lightweight container, generally round, open at the top, and tapering toward the bottom.
  • A wire or plastic container similar in shape to a basket, used for carrying articles for purchase in a shop.
  • (internet) In an online shop, a notional place to store items before ordering them.
  • (basketball) A circular hoop, from which a net is suspended, which is the goal through which the players try to throw the ball.
  • (basketball) The act of putting the ball through the basket, thereby scoring points.
  • (uncountable) The game of basketball.
  • A dance movement in some line dances, where men put their arms round the women's lower backs, and the women put their arms over the mens' shoulders, and the group (usually of four, any more is difficult) spins round, which should result in the women's feet leaving the ground.
  • (slang) The bulge of the male genitals seen through clothing.
  • (obsolete) In a stage-coach, two outside seats facing each other.
  • (archaic) A protection for the hand on a sword or a singlestick; a guard of a bladed weapon.
  • (ballooning) The gondola or wicker basket suspended from the balloon, in which the pilot and passengers travel.
  • (architecture) The bell or vase of the Corinthian capital.
  • (informal) Bastard.


Inherited from Middle English basket derived from Latin bascauda derived from Proto-Celtic *baskis (load, bundle) derived from Proto-Indo-European *bʰask- (bundle, band).





bundle, band

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