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basketball Line breaks: bas¦ket|ball
Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːskɪtbɔːl/

Definition of basketball in English:


[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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 [count noun] The inflated ball used in basketball.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with basketball

racquetball • volleyball
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