from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A container made of interwoven material, such as rushes or twigs.
  • n. The amount that a basket can hold.
  • n. An item resembling such a container in shape or function.
  • n. A usually open gondola suspended from a hot-air balloon.
  • n. A group of related things, such as financial securities or products in a specific market.
  • n. Basketball 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.
  • n. Basketball A field goal.
  • n. Sports A circular structure at the base of a ski pole, used to prevent the pole from sinking too deeply into the snow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lightweight container, generally round, open at the top, and tapering toward the bottom.
  • n. A wire or plastic container similar in shape to a basket, used for carrying articles for purchase in a shop.
  • n. In an online shop, a notional place to store items before ordering them.
  • n. A circular hoop, from which a net is suspended, which is the goal through which the players try to throw the ball.
  • n. The act of putting the ball through the basket, thereby scoring points.
  • n. The game of basketball.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Genitals.
  • n. In a stage-coach, two outside seats facing each other.
  • v. To place in a basket or in baskets.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vessel made of osiers or other twigs, cane, rushes, splints, or other flexible material, interwoven.
  • n. The contents of a basket; as much as a basket contains.
  • n. The bell or vase of the Corinthian capital.
  • n. The two back seats facing one another on the outside of a stagecoach.
  • n. A container shaped like a basket{1}, even if made of solid material rather than woven; -- the top is often, but not always, open and without a lid.
  • n. a vessel suspended below a balloon, designed to carry people or measuring instruments for scientific research.
  • n. A goal{3} consisting of a short cylindrical net suspended from a circular rim, which itself is attached at about ten feet above floor level to a backboard, placed at the end of a basketball court. In professional basketball, two such baskets are used, one at each end of the court, and each team may score only by passing the ball though its own basket. In informal games, only one such basket is often used.
  • n. An instance of scoring points by throwing the basketball through the basket; ; -- the ball must pass through the basket from above in order to score points.
  • transitive v. To put into a basket.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put in a basket.
  • To cover or protect with basketwork.
  • n. A vessel made of twigs, rushes, thin strips of wood, or other flexible materials, interwoven in a great variety of forms, and used for many purposes.
  • n. The contents of a basket; as much as a basket will hold: as, a basket of fish.
  • n. A measure for fruit, equal in the United States to three fifths of a bushel, and in Great Britain to about two bushels.
  • n. Figuratively, that which is gathered or placed in a basket or baskets; provision for sustenance or use.
  • n. In old stage-coaches, the two outside seats facing each other behind.
  • n. In hat-making, a wickerwork or wire screen of an oval shape, for receiving the filaments of hair which are deposited on it in the operation of bowing.
  • n. Milit., a gabion (which see).
  • n. A protection of wickerwork for the handle of a sword-stick.
  • n. In architecture, the echinus or bell of the Corinthian capital, denuded of its acanthus-leaves.
  • n. In ichthyology, the gill-support in the lamprey (Petromyzon).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quantity contained in a basket
  • n. a container that is usually woven and has handles
  • n. a score in basketball made by throwing the ball through the hoop
  • n. horizontal circular metal hoop supporting a net through which players try to throw the basketball


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman bascat, from Latin bascauda ("kettle, table-vessel") from Gaulish word, of unknown earlier origin.



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  • We might have to slug it out.

    November 3, 2008

  • Watch out, bilby, or chained_bear may get sluggish with you. ;-)

    November 3, 2008

  • Longabearger, of course, makes giant baskets with layer upon layer of cubicled chained_bears in them. Sales are sluggish, by all reports.

    November 3, 2008

  • Oh, don't be sorry. It was much more compelling without the added info. :) I just thought it looked an awful lot like a Longaberger.

    Those things are such a strange phenomenon. They are really expensive and there are some people who are just nuts for them. *shrugs*

    November 3, 2008

  • Oops! Sorry, c_b, I forgot to include the helpful identifying information:

    The Longaberger Company of Newark, Ohio, makes baskets.

    Founder Dave Longaberger wanted all the company's buildings to be basket-shaped, but his daughters vetoed this after his death.

    November 3, 2008

  • Longaberger headquarters? (I can't quite read the little plate at the top.)

    November 3, 2008

  • November 3, 2008