Definition of basket in US English:



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

    ‘a laundry basket’
    • ‘The front of a dim sum restaurant has a long steam tray covered with stacks of bamboo baskets containing all kinds of delicious treats.’
    • ‘Where she used to make the climb from the basement, carrying a laundry basket, now she finds the ascent daunting.’
    • ‘Select one that is potted in a bushel basket or other large container or balled with burlap into a large, firm root ball.’
    • ‘Each basket contained forty individual packets, done up in color-coded plastic wrap.’
    • ‘In one hand he carries a briefcase and in the other a wire basket for his purchases.’
    • ‘Also on display are wire baskets and baskets with beadwork incorporated into their weave.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He didn't do much preparation either, and ended up packing all his dirty clothes - basically by emptying the laundry basket into his suitcase.’
    • ‘For more open containers, like a wire basket, line it with moss purchased at a craft store or garden center.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you cannot think of a special container, a laundry basket would serve a dual purpose.’
    • ‘She was carrying a large basket of laundry in her hands, and looked more than a little surprised to see her there.’
    • ‘People walked to and fro carrying baskets and bags with strange symbols on them and stopped periodically to allow horse drawn carriages through.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They laughed and came into the dining room carrying various bowls and baskets.’
    • ‘All six floors of the building are packed with books and shoppers, pushing trolleys and carrying baskets.’
    • ‘Place dishes in a wire basket or other container and dip them in a sanitizing solution.’
    • ‘Many of these were used for other purposes, such as laundry baskets or to carry alcohol.’
    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’
      • ‘Use code HRL15 in the promo field of the shopping basket and click update, the discount will then be applied.’
      • ‘Click on the 'BUY' button to add the selected item to your basket.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You can modify details for any of the items in your basket.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Browse and add items to your basket, and then enter the voucher code when prompted to take advantage of this discount.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Add the items you wish to download to your shopping basket and then click on the checkout button.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Users can also click through to view the recommended items of clothing and add them to their shopping basket.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Items placed in your shopping basket overnight may not be eligible for promotion at time of checkout.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Simply add your shoes to your online shopping basket and enter the code at the checkout to claim your 20% off.’
    2. 1.2 A structure suspended from a hot-air balloon for carrying the crew, equipment, and ballast.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cameras are allowed in the balloon basket at participants' own risk.’
      • ‘When partially inflated, the air is heated by a burner and the envelope rises above the basket.’
    3. 1.3Finance A group or range of currencies or investments.
      ‘the European currency unit is made up of a basket of ten currencies’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, the central bank persisted in pegging the baht to a basket of currencies in which the dollar had 80 per cent influence.’
      • ‘The index, compiled from a basket of 13 hedge funds, has risen by 13.8 per cent this year.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Basketball
    A net fixed on a hoop used as the goal.

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


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