Meaning of “basketball” in the English Dictionary


"basketball" in English

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basketballnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈbɑː.skɪt.bɔːl/ us /ˈbæs.kət.bɑːl/

A1 (a ball used in) a game played by two teams of five players who score points by throwing a large ball through an open net hanging from a metal ring


Examples from literature

  • Earl Boykins is a professional basketball player in the NBA – and he’s only 1.65 meters tall and weighs 60 kilograms. 
  • It gives balls – basketballs, tennis balls, even golf balls – their bounce. 
  • It tells the story of Conroy’s love for basketball. 
  • Other balls such as basketballs and soccer balls contain a rubber bladder – an airtight pocket – full of compressed air. 
  • Soccer, basketball, tennis, and other sports now attract more spectators. 
  • What are their chances of becoming professional athletes in one of these team sports: baseball, basketball, hockey, or American football? 
  • When we hear the word “sport,” we usually think of football, basketball, the Olympic Games, and things like that. 
  • A student in one of our Church schools was once heard to say, "My teacher teaches me more religion by the way he plays basketball than by the way he teaches theology." 
  • I am just as enthusiastic over basketball as ever, only I haven't had the time to devote to it that I did last year. 
  • I know it, replied Grace, "but after Thanksgiving we'll only meet once in two weeks, for I must get my basketball team in shape, and you see all the members belong to the society." 
  • There are two girls on the sophomore and three on the freshman team whose basketball ardor will have to cool until after the mid-year exams. 

(Definition of “basketball” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"basketball" in American English

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basketballnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈbæs·kɪtˌbɔl/

a game played by two teams of five players who score points by throwing the ball through a net that hangs from a metal ring, or the ball used in this game

(Definition of “basketball” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)