Meaning of BASKET in English

BASKET

/ ˈbɑːskɪt; NAmE ˈbæs-/ noun

1.

a container for holding or carrying things. Baskets are made of thin strips of material that bends and twists easily, for example plastic, wire or wicker :

a shopping basket

a picnic basket

a clothes / laundry basket (= in which dirty clothes are put before being washed)

a wicker / wire basket

a cat / dog basket (= in which a cat or dog sleeps or is carried around)

—picture at balloon

—see also waste-paper basket

2.

the amount contained in a basket :

a basket of fruit

3.

the net and the metal ring it hangs from, high up at each end of a basketball court ; a point that is scored by throwing the ball through this net :

to make / shoot a basket

4.

( economics ) a number of different goods or currencies :

the value of the rupee against a basket of currencies

IDIOMS

see egg noun

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from Old French basket , of unknown ultimate origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.