Definition of basketball in English:

basketball

noun

mass noun
  • 1A game played between two teams of five players in which goals are scored by throwing a ball through a netted hoop fixed at each end of the court.

    • ‘Ask them and you'll find out most of them have a great love of the game of basketball.’
    • ‘There is rough play, even dirty play, in football, basketball and soccer, but it is rare.’
    • ‘He tried American football and basketball, but found he didn't like team games.’
    • ‘We can now use the facilities for sports like basketball and netball.’
    • ‘Apart from the football, the two most popular sports are basketball and weight-lifting.’
    • ‘So if you learn a simple tactic it can help with bigger games like netball and basketball and stuff.’
    • ‘It will mean we'll be able to extend our facilities for hockey, football, netball and basketball.’
    • ‘The tactics and playing of the game are not unlike basketball or water polo.’
    • ‘I was pretty much a lone wolf - even if I liked playing basketball, golf and tennis.’
    • ‘There were many other awards for sporting events such as basketball and football.’
    • ‘I know how much they love basketball and love this team and want us to do well.’
    • ‘You'll be able to watch live premiership games, basketball, golf, cricket, and all sorts.’
    • ‘Well in cricket, unlike in baseball or basketball or football, you get fights on the field.’
    • ‘Football was number one but he had also done athletics, basketball, volleyball and cricket.’
    • ‘The sport combines basketball and football, and is played with a volleyball in mixed sex teams of four.’
    • ‘This is why, perhaps, football and basketball are the team sports with the widest global appeal.’
    • ‘New court markings will allow sporty students to play basketball, netball and football indoors.’
    • ‘Whether it be volleyball, tennis, track or basketball, she is always up for a game.’
    • ‘Nobody else was around but a rowdy game of basketball was being played in the court beside the grassy area.’
    • ‘I get fed up with the number of points they score in basketball but I quite like a few goals in football.’
    1. 1.1count noun The inflated ball used in basketball.
      • ‘I can see what they are saying about some of the balls, as the kids bring in rugby balls and basketballs and it can possibly get a bit out of hand.’
      • ‘Wow you would never guess they have sweaty guys run around here all day fighting over basketballs.’
      • ‘‘There is a basketball coach but no basketballs for the players to use - they have hardly anything,’ he said.’
      • ‘Then he had them do the lay ups without the basketballs.’
      • ‘The videos (as you can see for yourself above) show two groups of students weaving in and out while passing basketballs around.’
      • ‘Donations of sports equipment such as basketballs, footballs, and table tennis gear were also made to encourage the youth to play more sports for their physical health.’
      • ‘For instance, if you're running the tried and true star drill, do it with 2 or even 3 basketballs at once.’
      • ‘Do not bounce basketballs while awaiting your tun to play.’
      • ‘There were basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, etc.’
      • ‘The yard is littered with basketballs, soccer balls, bikes, and, for trips on the nearby river, canoes.’
      • ‘Return the basketballs to their storage area after game or practice’
      • ‘Note that players 3 and 7 have basketballs, too.’
      • ‘Injury from elbows or unseen basketballs can be prevented.’
      • ‘If there are enough basketballs, pair the players so they can pass to each other.’
      • ‘Put the basketballs on the rack because you won't need them.’
      • ‘After a few minutes, however, he was ready to work and even let a member of the audience cue him to dunk basketballs and bow.’
      • ‘Children ran through the narrow dirt road with basketballs and jump ropes; fathers fired up their grills for a hamburger-and-hot dog dinner.’
      • ‘They play with different-colored basketballs, different rules, and in different parts of North America.’
      • ‘They were all in their street clothes, so I'd figured they'd vacated the locker room with the intention of going home… until they'd noticed the basketballs.’
      • ‘I can only say that I wish basketballs were smaller.’

Pronunciation

basketball

/ˈbɑːskɪtbɔːl/