basket ball


[bas-kit-bawl, bah-skit-]
a game played by two teams of usually five players each on a rectangular court having a raised basket or goal at each end, points being scored by tossing the ball through the opponent's basket.
the round, inflated ball, approximately 30 inches (76 cm) in circumference, used in this game.

1890–95, Americanism; basket + ball1

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basketball (ˈbɑːskɪtˌbɔːl)
1.  a game played by two opposing teams of five men (or six women) each, usually on an indoor court. Points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal metal hoop
2.  the inflated ball used in this game

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1892, Amer.Eng., from basket + ball (1). The game was invented 1891 by James A. Naismith (18611939), physical education instructor in Springfield, Mass.
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