Definition of basket in English:



  • 1A container used to hold or carry things, typically made from interwoven strips of cane or wire.

    ‘a laundry basket’
    • ‘They laughed and came into the dining room carrying various bowls and baskets.’
    • ‘Select one that is potted in a bushel basket or other large container or balled with burlap into a large, firm root ball.’
    • ‘She is shown from the back crossing a field of hay carrying a laundry-laden basket with the added surprise of a flushed hen pheasant in the distance.’
    • ‘People walked to and fro carrying baskets and bags with strange symbols on them and stopped periodically to allow horse drawn carriages through.’
    • ‘Also on display are wire baskets and baskets with beadwork incorporated into their weave.’
    • ‘The front of a dim sum restaurant has a long steam tray covered with stacks of bamboo baskets containing all kinds of delicious treats.’
    • ‘In one hand he carries a briefcase and in the other a wire basket for his purchases.’
    • ‘Place dishes in a wire basket or other container and dip them in a sanitizing solution.’
    • ‘All six floors of the building are packed with books and shoppers, pushing trolleys and carrying baskets.’
    • ‘She was carrying a large basket of laundry in her hands, and looked more than a little surprised to see her there.’
    • ‘Many of these were used for other purposes, such as laundry baskets or to carry alcohol.’
    • ‘Each basket contained forty individual packets, done up in color-coded plastic wrap.’
    • ‘He didn't do much preparation either, and ended up packing all his dirty clothes - basically by emptying the laundry basket into his suitcase.’
    • ‘If you cannot think of a special container, a laundry basket would serve a dual purpose.’
    • ‘Check the dollar stores for plastic bins, baskets and containers.’
    • ‘Something else struck me in the picture, and that was that the women going about their shopping all carried baskets or shopping bags, not a plastic carrier in sight.’
    • ‘Most gardeners begin their foray into container gardening with baskets and boxes of colorful annual flowers.’
    • ‘In these homes there is never more than a couple of mugs on the draining board, the ironing basket never contains more than three garments and the car keys are never lost.’
    • ‘Where she used to make the climb from the basement, carrying a laundry basket, now she finds the ascent daunting.’
    • ‘For more open containers, like a wire basket, line it with moss purchased at a craft store or garden center.’
    receptacle, container, holder, vessel, box, case
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    1. 1.1 A facility on a website that records items selected by a customer for purchase until the transaction is completed.
      ‘click on the order button to add a title to your basket’
      • ‘Add the items you wish to download to your shopping basket and then click on the checkout button.’
      • ‘You can modify details for any of the items in your basket.’
      • ‘Simply add your shoes to your online shopping basket and enter the code at the checkout to claim your 20% off.’
      • ‘Click on the 'BUY' button to add the selected item to your basket.’
      • ‘Use code HRL15 in the promo field of the shopping basket and click update, the discount will then be applied.’
      • ‘Just remember: putting an item in your basket doesn't mean that you have reserved it - you could go to checkout to find that another person has already bought it.’
      • ‘To calculate postage check your basket and click on continue - you will then be able to determine what options are available to you without having to check out or pay.’
      • ‘Using their smartphones, they can scan barcodes of products, which are then added to their online baskets, book a home delivery slot to coincide with their return and check out.’
      • ‘Browse and add items to your basket, and then enter the voucher code when prompted to take advantage of this discount.’
      • ‘Items placed in your shopping basket overnight may not be eligible for promotion at time of checkout.’
      • ‘When you have added all the products you want to your basket, proceed to checkout by pressing the 'checkout' button across the top of the page.’
      • ‘Just remember that if you disable cookies you'll probably get error messages when you try to shop online or you won't be able to add items to your basket.’
      • ‘Users can also click through to view the recommended items of clothing and add them to their shopping basket.’
      • ‘Cookies are small pieces of information which are used to make your journey through the site smoother by remembering what you did last or what you added to your basket.’
    2. 1.2 A structure suspended from a hot-air balloon for carrying the crew, equipment, and ballast.
      • ‘When partially inflated, the air is heated by a burner and the envelope rises above the basket.’
      • ‘Cameras are allowed in the balloon basket at participants' own risk.’
      • ‘The heated air that lifts the balloon comes from a hydrocarbon gas burner attached above the basket.’
      • ‘Explore beautiful Colorado from the basket of a hot air balloon.’
      • ‘Our balloon baskets are divided into compartments for your safety, and there will usually be three or four passengers in any one compartment.’
    3. 1.3Finance A group or range of currencies or investments.
      ‘the European currency unit is made up of a basket of ten currencies’
      • ‘Now it is possible that in the first six months of next year, they move to an exchange rate that is tied to a basket of currencies.’
      • ‘The index, compiled from a basket of 13 hedge funds, has risen by 13.8 per cent this year.’
      • ‘However, the central bank persisted in pegging the baht to a basket of currencies in which the dollar had 80 per cent influence.’
      • ‘They are usually invested in a basket of stocks, bonds, property and cash.’
      • ‘Consequently, he is advising investors to buy a basket of commodities such as copper, sugar, cotton, corn and crude oil.’
  • 2Basketball
    A net fixed on a hoop used as the goal.

    • ‘Most of his points came from dunks when receiving the ball near the basket.’
    • ‘You will be in a position to set up a play, receive the ball, or penetrate to the basket with the ball.’
    • ‘If the back defender stays near the basket, pass the ball to one side or the other.’
    • ‘Put two good rebounders close to the basket and designate one player to box out the shooter.’
    • ‘But my teammates have called on me to be aggressive and take the ball to the baskets, so I'm learning how to do that, too.’
    1. 2.1 A goal scored.
      • ‘We went out and scored the first basket in the second half and couldn't continue the pace.’
      • ‘Many of his title game baskets were scored after setting up deep in the low post.’
      • ‘It takes him another minute to finally score a basket - a 20-foot jump shot that rattles off the back iron and falls in.’
      • ‘They almost won, even though they only scored 2 real baskets the whole game.’
      • ‘We did score a few baskets, but the game was mostly one sided.’


Middle English: from Old French basket, of unknown ultimate origin.