Definition of Basketball

1. Noun. A game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop.

2. Noun. An inflated ball used in playing basketball.
Generic synonyms: Ball, Basketball Equipment

Definition of Basketball

1. Noun. (sports uncountable) A sport in which two opposing teams of five players strive to put a ball through a hoop. ¹

2. Noun. (basketball countable) The particular kind of ball used in the sport of basketball. ¹

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Definition of Basketball

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Medical Definition of Basketball

1. A competitive team sport played on a rectangular court having a raised basket at each end. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Basketball

basket fish
basket flower
basket hilt
basket house
basket oak
basket rummy
basket spikemoss
basket star
basket stars
basket toss
basket tosses
basket weave
basket willow
basket work
basketball backboard
basketball clinic
basketball coach
basketball court
basketball courts
basketball equipment
basketball game
basketball hoop
basketball hoops
basketball league
basketball play
basketball player
basketball players
basketball score

Literary usage of Basketball

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Book of Athletics by Paul Withington, Lothrop Withington (1914)
"Every player on a basketball team is as much a defensive player as he is offensive ... In former years, when basketball was not as perfected as it now is, ..."

2. The Woman's Book of Sports: A Practical Guide to Physical Development and by Jahial Parmly Paret (1901)
"VI Basketball FOR YOUNG- WOMEN THE value of basketball as a training for young ... and basketball is the game above all others that has proved of the ..."

3. A Festschrift for Herman Rubin by Anirban DasGupta, Herman Rubin (2004)
"Introduction This paper demonstrates the use of weighted likelihood (WL) to predict the winner of 1996-1997 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals ..."

4. Athletic Games in the Education of Women by Gertrude Dudley, Frances Kellor (1909)
"CHAPTER IX Basketball VALUE OF THE GAME Basketball, as compared with many other games, is new, having been invented in 1891. ..."

5. The Junior Highway to English: A Textbook for the Seventh and Eighth Years by Charles Henshaw Ward, Harold Young Moffett (1922)
""Surely you know definitely." LETTERS 21 Exercise. Three weeks before the opening of the basketball season you remember that your "Amateur" basketball is ..."

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