Meaning of BASKET in English


— basketlike , adj.

/bas"kit, bah"skit/ , 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. Basketball.

a. 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.

b. a score, counting two for a field goal and one for a free throw.

8. Also 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 ( vulgar ). the male genitals, esp. when outlined by a tight-fitting garment.

[ 1250-1300; ME basket ( te ) baskauta ( > F dial. bâchot, bachou wooden or interwoven vessel, OHG baskiza box) bascauda basin, perh.


Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .