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bas·ket  (bskt)
a. A container made of interwoven material, such as rushes or twigs.
b. The amount that a basket can hold.
2. An item resembling such a container in shape or function.
3. A usually open gondola suspended from a hot-air balloon.
4. A group of related things, such as financial securities or products in a specific market.
5. Basketball
a. Either of the two goals normally elevated ten feet above the floor, consisting of a metal hoop from which an open-bottomed circular net is suspended.
b. A field goal.
6. Sports A circular structure at the base of a ski pole, used to prevent the pole from sinking too deeply into the snow.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Vulgar Latin *baskauta, of Celtic origin.]

basket·ful n.

basket  /bskt/  n. 1 an open, light-weight container made of straw, reeds, or strips of wood: He bought a basket of fruit.||She put dirty clothes in a laundry basket. 2 a hoop, usu. metal, with an open-ended net (used in basketball). See: wastebasket. basket

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