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  • Lion carries a baby's basket down some stairs
    Lion carries a baby's basket down some stairs
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n basket a score in basketball made by throwing the ball through the hoop
    • n basket a container that is usually woven and has handles
    • n basket horizontal circular metal hoop supporting a net through which players try to throw the basketball
    • n basket the quantity contained in a basket
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Fish spill out of the magic basket Fish spill out of the magic basket
Rubezahl carries the basket to the princess Rubezahl carries the basket to the princess
A kitten stretches and yawns in its basket while the sun shines outside A kitten stretches and yawns in its basket while the sun shines outside
Photo of Baskets Photo of Baskets
Photo of a Basket Maker Photo of a Basket Maker
Phebe with a Basket of Berries Phebe with a Basket of Berries
sewing basket sewing basket
Albert trying to lift basket of apples Albert trying to lift basket of apples

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The book "Little Red Riding Hood" was banned in 1990 by two school districts in California. They did this because in the book there was a picture of a basket that had a bottle of wine in it
    • Basket A container shaped like a basket{1}, even if made of solid material rather than woven; -- the top is often, but not always, open and without a lid.
    • Basket (Basketball) A goal{3} consisting of a short cylindrical net suspended from a circular rim, which itself is attached at about ten feet above floor level to a backboard, placed at the end of a basketball court. In professional basketball, two such baskets are used, one at each end of the court, and each team may score only by passing the ball though its own basket. In informal games, only one such basket is often used.
    • Basket A vessel made of osiers or other twigs, cane, rushes, splints, or other flexible material, interwoven. "Rude baskets . . . woven of the flexile willow."
    • Basket a vessel suspended below a balloon, designed to carry people or measuring instruments for scientific research.
    • Basket (Basketball) An instance of scoring points by throwing the basketball through the basket; as, he threw four baskets in the first quarter; -- the ball must pass through the basket from above in order to score points.
    • Basket (Arch) The bell or vase of the Corinthian capital.
    • Basket The contents of a basket; as much as a basket contains; as, a basket of peaches.
    • Basket The two back seats facing one another on the outside of a stagecoach.
    • v. t Basket To put into a basket.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The original name for basketball, as invented by Dr. James Naismith, was indoor rugby. It was one of the game's first players that started calling it basketball because of the peach baskets that acted as the original goals.
    • n basket A vessel made of twigs, rushes, thin strips of wood, or other flexible materials, interwoven in a great variety of forms, and used for many purposes.
    • n basket The contents of a basket; as much as a basket will hold: as, a basket of fish.
    • n basket A measure for fruit, equal in the United States to three fifths of a bushel, and in Great Britain to about two bushels.
    • n basket Figuratively, that which is gathered or placed in a basket or baskets; provision for sustenance or use.
    • n basket In old stage-coaches, the two outside seats facing each other behind.
    • n basket In hat-making, a wickerwork or wire screen of an oval shape, for receiving the filaments of hair which are deposited on it in the operation of bowing.
    • n basket Milit., a gabion (which see).
    • n basket A protection of wickerwork for the handle of a sword-stick.
    • n basket In architecture, the echinus or bell of the Corinthian capital, denuded of its acanthus-leaves.
    • n basket In ichthyology, the gill-support in the lamprey (Petromyzon). It consists of cartilaginous arcs depending from the soft representative of the backbone and connected by cross-bars.
    • basket To put in a basket.
    • basket To cover or protect with basketwork.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A girl, in the Vacococha tribe of Peru, to prepare her for marriage at the age of 12, is placed in a basket in the hut of her prospective in-laws and must remain suspened over an open fire night and day for 3 months.
    • n Basket bas′ket a vessel made of plaited twigs, rushes, or other flexible materials
    • ***


  • Julius Erving
    Julius Erving
    “I keep both eyes on my man. The basket hasn't moved on me yet.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.”
  • Andrew Carnegie
    “Concentrate; put all your eggs in one basket, and watch that basket...”
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer
    Isaac Bashevis Singer
    “The waste basket is a writer's best friend.”
  • Pricilla Elfrey
    Pricilla Elfrey
    “The manager with the in basket problem does not yet understand that he must discipline himself to take care of activities that fail to excite him.”
  • Bill Pullman
    Bill Pullman
    “Oh, great. This is going to be like shooting baskets with Magic Johnson watching. [On watching Independence Day with President Clinton]”


All your eggs in one basket - If you put all your eggs in one basket, you risk everything at once, instead of trying to spread the risk. (This is often used as a negative imperative- 'Don't put all your eggs in one basket'. 'Have your eggs in one basket' is also used.)
Basket case - If something is a basket case, it is so bad that it cannot be helped.
Put all your eggs in one basket - If you put all your eggs in one basket, you risk everything on a single opportunity which, like eggs breaking, could go wrong.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of unknown origin. The modern Celtic words seem to be from the English
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. the L. bascauda; the W. basged is apparently borrowed from the English.


In literature:

She sees the driver jump out and take from the back of the auto a basket all full of things.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
Judge of my own next day when they came into the kitchen and took me up and put me into a basket.
"Pussy and Doggy Tales" by Edith Nesbit
It was placed in the provision basket with ham and cheese and sausages.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Each time that he takes away the basket cover the tree has grown larger.
"Indian Conjuring" by L. H. Branson
I'll tell of the way Anne pushed you about, and made off with the basket, and you sit here by the door.
"A Little Maid of Massachusetts Colony" by Alice Turner Curtis
Among many uncivilized tribes, baskets of a superior order are made and applied to various useful purposes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
He climbed out of it by the waggon ladder, struggling under the weight of the last great basketful of stones and sandy earth.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
To find in Miss Davis an ardent devotee of basket ball was a distinct gain.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
Helen received a present of a golden spindle, with a silver basket to keep the thread in.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Often I'd go up there with her before work and she with a basket on her arm would buy for the day.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
What do you suppose she has in her basket?
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
When Moses was found by Pharaoh's daughter, he was lying in a basket which had been woven by his mother.
"Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools" by Virginia McGaw
A 'meetin'-basket' was a basket to take to meetin', course.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
Then I sent Dimp after some chalk, and an empty peach basket, and a piece of cord.
"Hepsey Burke" by Frank Noyes Westcott
She wrote a note and put it in a certain basket.
"Bobby of Cloverfield Farm" by Helen Fuller Orton
Along the winding paths the girl walked; a pair of garden scissors in one hand and a basket in the other.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
Some hostesses have the bread passed in a silver basket.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
If you have the least doubt about it, discard it, or put it in another basket.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Penelope carried a basket of provisions, which Lydia, with unusual care, had insisted on their taking.
"The Carroll Girls" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
That will I tell when basket empty.
"A Sunny Little Lass" by Evelyn Raymond

In poetry:

O Norah, lay your basket down,
And rest your weary hand,
And come and hear me sing a song
Of our old Ireland.
"Kathleen" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The sun gives not directly
The coal, the diamond crown;
Not in a special basket
Are these from Heaven let down.
"Sunshine" by Vachel Lindsay
There’s an ancient dame in Eden—
Basket on her arm—
And she goes down the Main Street
From the old, old farm.
"Ben Boyd's Tower" by Henry Lawson
But see the brothers, bent on ill!
Neela yet kind and calm,
Beholds a knot of Snakes, that fill
A basket made of palm!
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
Beside, he carried, every day,
At the one hour he went away,
A basket, with the contents hid
Beneath its woven willow lid.
"Mr. What's-His-Name" by James Whitcomb Riley
Four feeble bones are left to me,
And the basket of my breast,
And I am mean and ugly now
As the scald flung from the nest.
"Garadh" by Padraic Colum

In news:

Firefighters plucked driver from the hanging truck using a ladder with a basket.
Matthew Alan Hamilton was hospitalized Saturday afternoon after firefighters plucked him from the hanging truck using a ladder with a basket.
Rescue crews were able to use a basket to get the 38-year-old driver out before taking him to the hospital.
Pansies in a Basket postage stamp was dedicated today at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City.
Coolers and picnic baskets won't be allowed.
He stops, dribbles between his legs and drives toward the basket.
Ortiz forces three overtimes against De Pere, then makes winning basket.
Madison Memorial's Brendan Ortiz shoots the game-winning basket as De Pere 's Adam Beyer defends during triple overtime in the Division 1 championship game.
Petunias in 12-inch baskets with four ppp take 10 to 11 weeks.
Handmade with pine needles by artisans in Mexico, these beautiful baskets are food safe and eco-friendly.
Melissa Anderson of Milledgeville, Ga. Makes demonstrates basket making during Tennessee Fall Homecoming on Thursday at the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton.
Senior Trevor Pisk goes up for a basket during Saturday's game against Plevna .
I went out to check the water in my Bacopa flower basket.
Carmelo Anthony drives to the basket past Mike Dunleavy during a 62-point first half for the Knicks on Wednesday.
Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer Volunteer Sue Valle gathers cans for a food basket for families in need at the Parma Hunger Center inside the Parma Lutheran Church in February 2010.

In science:

However, we should also notice that the basket of singularities encodes no information about Gorenstein singular points.
On Fano indicies of Q-Fano 3-folds
When D can be deformed under the general deformation U → ∆ of the germ P ∈ U, we can write a similar equation in terms of the basket of singularities {Pk = [rk, ak ]} of (U, P ), i.e. there is a unique integer i := i(Pk, Dk ) ∈ [0, rk − 1] such that Dt = iKUt around Pk ∈ Ut .
On Fano indicies of Q-Fano 3-folds
By abuse of notation, we also call the integer i := i(Pk, Dk ) the local index of D at (the basket point) Pk .
On Fano indicies of Q-Fano 3-folds
Let B(X ) = {Pk = [rk, ak ]}m k=1 be the basket of singularities of X .
On Fano indicies of Q-Fano 3-folds
B (X ) together with the basket which attains the maximum.
On Fano indicies of Q-Fano 3-folds
This is a program which we used at the final step of the proof for the calculation of 1/12Ac2 (X ), A3 and Pn (X ) and the Hilbert series P (X, t) from Fano index, local indices, and the baskets of singularities, i.e. from the values f, in,k, [rk, ak ].
On Fano indicies of Q-Fano 3-folds
Here, BB is a list of Baskets generated automatically by computer under the condition of Pm k=1 (rk − 1/rk ) < 24.
On Fano indicies of Q-Fano 3-folds
Almost any soft ball will do, like a tennis or basket ball.
Of Connections and Fields
And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.
Zeno meets modern science
It is 772 ± 44 kpc, and you should not adjust your Hubble meter until a few more are in the binary basket.
Astrophysics in 2006
N r ˙A = N r I A into ⊥ ∈ X⊥ : one waste basket outside all Ob jects of PRX.6 I : PRA −→ PRX, by the following then is “canonical”, by external PR on the structure of PR-map f : A → B, = htruei} : N ⊃ X⊥ → 2.
RCF2: Evaluation and Consistency
Now consider the problem of computing a cost of living correction under the assumption that both prices and a standard baskets of goods change in time.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets
This time the 2-handle has been removed, and the meridional and longitudinal 1-handles appear as “basket” handles attached to the disk.
Classical Knot Theory
A portfolio is defined as an equivalence class of baskets containing assets in the same proportions.
Geometry of Financial Markets -- Towards Information Theory Model of Markets
Elements of this vector space are called baskets.
Geometry of Financial Markets -- Towards Information Theory Model of Markets