bas·ket /ˈbæskɪt, ||ˈbɑs-/
1. A vessel made of osiers or other twigs, cane, rushes, splints, or other flexible material, interwoven. “Rude baskets . . . woven of the flexile willow.”
2. The contents of a basket; as much as a basket contains; as, a basket of peaches.
3. Arch. The bell or vase of the Corinthian capital. [Improperly so used.]
4. The two back seats facing one another on the outside of a stagecoach. [Eng.]
Basket fish Zool., an ophiuran of the genus Astrophyton, having the arms much branched. See Astrophyton.
Basket hilt, a hilt with a covering wrought like basketwork to protect the hand. --Hudibras. Hence, Basket-hilted, a.
Basket work, work consisting of plaited osiers or twigs.
Basket worm Zool., a lepidopterous insect of the genus Thyridopteryx and allied genera, esp. Thyridopteryx ephemeræformis. The larva makes and carries about a bag or basket-like case of silk and twigs, which it afterwards hangs up to shelter the pupa and wingless adult females.
collection basket, a small basket1 mounted on the end of a pole, used in churches to collect donations from those attending a church service; -- the long pole allows the collector to hold the basket in front of those at the end of the pew, while the collector remains in the aisle. waste basket, a basket4 used to hold waste matter, such as discarded paper, commonly shaped like a truncated cone, with the wide end open and at the top. Vessels of other shapes, such as oblong containers, are also called waste baskets.
Bas·ket, v. t. To put into a basket. [R.]
n 1: a container that is usually woven and has handles [syn: handbasket]
2: the quantity contained in a basket [syn: basketful]
3: horizontal hoop with a net through which players try to
throw the basketball [syn: basketball hoop, hoop]
4: a score in basketball made by throwing the ball through the
hoop [syn: field goal]
There are five different Hebrew words so rendered in the
Authorized Version: (1.) A basket (Heb. sal, a twig or osier)
for holding bread (Gen. 40:16; Ex. 29:3, 23; Lev. 8:2, 26, 31;
Num. 6:15, 17, 19). Sometimes baskets were made of twigs peeled;
their manufacture was a recognized trade among the Hebrews.
(2.) That used (Heb. salsilloth') in gathering grapes (Jer.
(3.) That in which the first fruits of the harvest were
presented, Heb. tene, (Deut. 26:2, 4). It was also used for
household purposes. In form it tapered downwards like that
called _corbis_ by the Romans.
(4.) A basket (Heb. kelub) having a lid, resembling a
bird-cage. It was made of leaves or rushes. The name is also
applied to fruit-baskets (Amos 8:1, 2).
(5.) A basket (Heb. dud) for carrying figs (Jer. 24:2), also
clay to the brick-yard (R.V., Ps. 81:6), and bulky articles (2
Kings 10:7). This word is also rendered in the Authorized
Version "kettle" (1 Sam. 2:14), "caldron" (2 Chr. 35:13),
"seething-pot" (Job 41:20).
In the New Testament mention is made of the basket (Gr.
kophinos, small "wicker-basket") for the "fragments" in the
miracle recorded Mark 6:43, and in that recorded Matt. 15:37
(Gr. spuris, large "rope-basket"); also of the basket in which
Paul escaped (Acts 9:25, Gr. spuris; 2 Cor. 11: 33, Gr. sargane,
"basket of plaited cords").