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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.
Contemporary Examples

Jerry Joseph was a basketball dream: 6-foot-5 and built like LeBron.
This Week’s Best Reads David Sessions July 8, 2011

On television, real housewives, basketball wives, and assorted other caricatures all strut forth baring cleavage.
Helen Gurley Brown’s Fashion Sense: the Power of Cleavage Robin Givhan August 13, 2012

The basketball court on the corner of Sixth Avenue and West Third Street [in New York].
Leah Hager Cohen: How I Write Noah Charney September 11, 2012

The basketball sneaker has a long and lucrative history, especially for the sportsmen who become the brands’ ambassadors.
How Sneaker Culture Conquered the World William O’Connor March 15, 2014

Does your school or alma mater support its basketball teams, even if they are not perennial March Madness powerhouses?
Top 25 Colleges With Diehard Fans The Daily Beast March 20, 2011

Historical Examples

There were tennis and basketball courts, and other means of athletic enjoyment.
A Little Miss Nobody Amy Bell Marlowe

Each line has a basketball and stands behind a starting line.
Games and Play for School Morale Various

A wiring diagram of a variometer is shown at A in Fig. 54 and a basketball variometer is shown complete at B.
The Radio Amateur’s Hand Book A. Frederick Collins

“I wonder if you are all as fond of basketball as I,” she went on quickly.
Marjorie Dean High School Freshman Pauline Lester

Skillfully, Dan Carter dribbled the basketball down the polished gymnasium floor.
Dan Carter and the Cub Honor Mildred A. Wirt

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
the inflated ball used in this game

1892, American English, from basket + ball (n.1). The game was invented 1891 by James A. Naismith (1861-1939), physical education instructor in Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.


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