Meaning of basketball in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbɑːskɪtbɔːl/

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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.

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