A basket is a container made of woven straw or other material. You might keep your dirty clothes in a plastic laundry basket.

There are many different types of baskets, from the shopping basket you carry in a grocery store to the basket you aim for when you throw a basketball. There are figurative baskets, too, like the basket you add items to when you're shopping online. What's known about the origin of basket is that it comes from the Anglo-French bascat — beyond that, it's a mystery.

Definitions of basket
  1. noun
    a container that is usually woven and has handles
    synonyms: handbasket
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    a basket for serving bread
    bushel basket
    a basket large enough to hold a bushel
    a wicker basket used by anglers to hold fish
    a basket for holding dried fruit (especially raisins or figs)
    a basket usually with a cover
    a small light basket used as a measure for fruits
    shopping basket
    a handbasket used to carry goods while shopping
    a large round wicker basket (used on farms)
    wicker basket
    a basket made of wickerwork
    clothes basket, clothes hamper, laundry basket, voider
    a hamper that holds dirty clothes to be washed or wet clothes to be dried
    food hamper
    a hamper for packing and transporting food
    a large basket (usually one of a pair) carried by a beast of burden or on by a person
    type of:
    any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
  2. noun
    the quantity contained in a basket
    synonyms: basketful
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    type of:
    the quantity that a container will hold
  3. noun
    horizontal circular metal hoop supporting a net through which players try to throw the basketball
    synonyms: basketball hoop, hoop
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    type of:
    basketball equipment
    sports equipment used in playing basketball
    game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points
  4. noun
    a score in basketball made by throwing the ball through the hoop
    synonyms: field goal
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    the act of scoring in a game or sport
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