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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
basketball
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a basketball/baseball etc game
▪ He was watching a baseball game on TV.
a football/basketball etc team
▪ China’s football team failed to qualify for the World Cup.
a football/basketball/tennis etc coach
▪ Jody became the women’s basketball coach.
a sports/football/basketball etc star
▪ Sam was a football star in college.
football/basketball etc practice
▪ Dale was at football practice.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
good
▪ Prior to that game, a Cincinnati newspaper wondered whether No. 2 Kentucky was playing better basketball than UMass.
▪ To beat Arizona really helps, and at least we know we can play good basketball.
▪ What it comes down to is who is going to be the best on the basketball court for us.
▪ Such a rarity these days -- a good basketball team.
▪ My best basketball is not based on on how many points, rebounds or assists I get.
▪ Rather it was good, patient basketball.
▪ Portland played the best basketball at the end of the year, and they won.
▪ They are playing some of the best basketball of the season.
great
▪ They came out and played great basketball.
▪ They look for people who not only can play great basketball, but have a great sense of humor.
high
▪ The son of a high school basketball coach, Knight has always relished pressure situations.
▪ That describes many thousands of high school basketball players, all across this land of ours.
▪ I remember him talking once about how he enjoyed watching his son play high school basketball.
▪ A.-area junior college and high school basketball for thirteen years.
professional
▪ Kobe Bryant jilted college for professional basketball.
▪ First he put himself on the professional basketball radar with a strong showing at a Fury free-agent camp.
▪ This is one group of professional basketball players against another.
▪ A good part of that education came from professional basketball.
▪ All of the black sources were either high school or professional basketball players.
▪ Does that mean professional basketball players might have to walk instead of run?
■ NOUN
career
▪ His faith never has interfered with his basketball career at Towson University -- until now.
coach
▪ Fast guys tire, a basketball coach once said of his own high-rise team, but big guys don't shrink.
▪ It took those games to cement his decision on a basketball coach.
▪ If he keeps blossoming at this rate, too, basketball coaches soon will be pitching tents in his yard.
▪ She finds her answer on the bulletin board where the job as varsity basketball coach is posted.
▪ The son of a high school basketball coach, Knight has always relished pressure situations.
▪ Now the girls basketball coach has given the school and the town of Bushnell even more reason to be proud.
▪ She was once a girls' high school basketball coach.
college
▪ It could have been one of the worst fold jobs in the annals of college basketball.
▪ The weather conditions back East postponed several college basketball games last week.
▪ Davey took his team on a treacherous journey this season, full of big-time, tradition-rich college basketball programs.
▪ This is what big-time college basketball is all about?
▪ We have an inalienable right to play college basketball.
▪ The same commute reshaped the college basketball world.
▪ MacKay will gladly battle college basketball instead of the 49ers.
▪ Time for college basketball to rescue us.
court
▪ The floor was criss-crossed with the markings of the basketball court.
▪ One day Eric went to the basketball court.
▪ What it comes down to is who is going to be the best on the basketball court for us.
▪ There are also tennis courts, a bowling green and an air-conditioned gymnasium with a regulation-sized basketball court.
▪ The glowing area seems to be about the size of a basketball court.
▪ This time we went down below the school to a basketball court.
▪ Behind the brig stretches a two-acre field with pull-up bars, basketball courts and trimmed grass.
game
▪ They may stay on the periphery watching the recess-time basketball games and jump-rope competitions from the sidelines of the playground.
▪ And you just might see member Mayor Richard Riordan in a morning pick-up basketball game.
▪ The weather conditions back East postponed several college basketball games last week.
▪ As are Nelson and Hennigan, even if the most memorable scene will always remain their naked basketball game.
▪ She took them to some basketball games.
▪ She turned so fast it was like a move out of a pro basketball game.
▪ Even by Third World standards, it was an unusual basketball game.
▪ This doctrine is illustrated by a New York case where a student teacher was injured while participating in a donkey basketball game.
games
▪ They may stay on the periphery watching the recess-time basketball games and jump-rope competitions from the sidelines of the playground.
▪ The weather conditions back East postponed several college basketball games last week.
▪ She took them to some basketball games.
▪ Various exhibits and events run throughout the afternoon, including basketball games, puppet shows and clowns.
▪ Allen and Lee love to be seen at Knicks basketball games when the team is hip and hot.
▪ There are points in basketball games which are pivotal.
player
▪ Read in studio Oxford University has been banned from fielding one of its best-ever basketball players ... because she's a woman.
▪ In another episode, Sanger directed an actor whose son is another former Montclair Prep basketball player.
▪ She then became a star basketball player in high school, taking her team to the state championship.
▪ Mental repetition has been shown by research on basketball players to be as effective as going through the actions.
▪ Smith went on to the University of Kansas as a basketball player and then on to his legendary coaching career.
▪ Bradley, a Hall of Fame pro basketball player, first gained prominence as a college hoops star at Princeton.
▪ This is one group of professional basketball players against another.
practice
▪ One day during basketball practice, she approached him.
pro
▪ You are the coach of the local pro basketball team, a unit that calls itself the Boston Celtics.
▪ Then he opened a movie house and said he was definitely done with pro basketball.
▪ She turned so fast it was like a move out of a pro basketball game.
program
▪ You hear a lot of people saying Jelani Gardner is making a mistake by transferring from the Cal basketball program to Pepperdine.
▪ The basketball program loves him equally.
school
▪ The son of a high school basketball coach, Knight has always relished pressure situations.
▪ That describes many thousands of high school basketball players, all across this land of ours.
▪ I remember him talking once about how he enjoyed watching his son play high school basketball.
▪ A.-area junior college and high school basketball for thirteen years.
shoe
▪ Twenty years ago there was only one type of basketball shoe on the market and very few specialist running shoes.
▪ First woman with her own line of basketball shoes.
▪ Adams's preferred footwear in the mountains was rubber-soled basketball shoes.
star
▪ BCohen contends that the 7-foot former basketball star slammed him against a store window and on to the ground.
▪ The story follows two girl basketball stars through their senior year of high school.
▪ Take for instance the pattern of incivility and disrespect displayed over the past several years by Chicago Bulls basketball star Dennis Rodman.
▪ Weinstein said Mistic, whose edgy advertising includes controversial basketball star Dennis Rodman, is strongest among young, inner-city consumers.
▪ With his death, University of Dayton basketball star Chris Daniels joined the tragic ranks of young athletes who just suddenly die.
▪ What gives it the power to tempt millions of would-be basketball stars is the years of advertising behind it.
▪ Hanks came with his children and wife Marva, a college basketball star at Iowa.
team
▪ You are the coach of the local pro basketball team, a unit that calls itself the Boston Celtics.
▪ The junior girls' basketball team, with Amelia watching over them, came out first in their local contest.
▪ As a boy he had quit many things-the basketball team, the Episcopal youth group and always enjoyed the experience.
▪ The outside influences have no bearing on what you can do for your basketball team....
▪ Some day, hopefully, Fort Wayne will see a basketball team return and satisfy frustrated Fury fans.
▪ Her latest challenge is playing forward for the Richmond Rage basketball team.
■ VERB
play
▪ Ice Cube was spotted backstage playing basketball with members of Pearl Jam.
▪ Then I made him stop playing basketball for a week.
▪ Voice over Rebekah still manages to lead a robust life playing basketball with her two brothers and practising her flute playing.
▪ They came out and played great basketball.
▪ To beat Arizona really helps, and at least we know we can play good basketball.
▪ The guy's been playing amazing basketball.
▪ Kids who used to play baseball are now playing basketball.
▪ Sports were very important to the father, who himself had played football and basketball and had run track in high school.
watch
▪ They may stay on the periphery watching the recess-time basketball games and jump-rope competitions from the sidelines of the playground.
▪ I can watch basketball every day of my life.
▪ Children watched volleyball, basketball and soccer games.
win
▪ The present and future won a big basketball game Wednesday night at the Coliseum Arena.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A large, blue divider splits the gym at the Higgins Middle School into two basketball courts.
▪ And bad basketball without drama and suspense is not only beyond embarrassing, but even worse, beyond boring.
▪ Attendance is better than 21, 000 a game in the SkyDome, a cavernous building unsuited for basketball.
▪ He said he voted against the crime bill because it included items he opposed, such as midnight basketball programs.
▪ It would take six basketball teams to balance the number of scholarships awarded one football team.
▪ Sports were very important to the father, who himself had played football and basketball and had run track in high school.
▪ That team camaraderie is probably why I had played basketball so long.
▪ This led to a full-time position as coach of the Girls' varsity basketball team.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Basketball

Basketball \Bas"ket*ball`\, n.

  1. A ball game, usually played indoors in an area called the basketball court, in which two opposing teams of five players each contest with each other to toss a large inflated ball (the basketball) into opposite goals (baskets) resembling baskets, each typically a cylindrical mesh suspended from a circular rim which is held ten feet above the court. A goal scored by passing the basketball through the basket may count from one to three points, depending on the situation in which it was thrown.

    Syn: basketball game.

  2. The inflatable ball used in the game of basketball.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
basketball

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.

Wiktionary
basketball

n. 1 (context sports uncountable English) A sport in which two opposing teams of five players strive to put a ball through a hoop. 2 (context basketball countable English) The particular kind of ball used in the sport of basketball.

WordNet
basketball
  1. n. a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the basketball through an elevated horizontal hoop [syn: basketball game, hoops]

  2. an inflated ball used in playing basketball

Wikipedia
Basketball

Basketball is a sport, generally played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop in diameter and high mounted to a backboard at each end.

A team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket during regular play. A field goal scores three points for the shooting team if the player shoots from behind the three-point line, and two points if shot from in front of the line. A team can also score via free throws, which are worth one point, after the other team is assessed with certain fouls. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but additional time (overtime) is issued when the score is tied at the end of regulation. The ball can be advanced on the court by throwing it to a teammate, or by bouncing it while walking or running (dribbling). It is a violation to lift, or drag, one's pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands then resume dribbling.

There are many techniques for ball-handling—shooting, passing, dribbling, and rebounding. Basketball teams generally have player positions, the tallest and strongest members of a team are called a center or power forward, while slightly shorter and more agile players are called small forward, and the shortest players or those who possess the best ball handling skills are called a point guard or shooting guard. The point guard directs the on court action of the team, implementing the coach's game plan, and managing the execution of offensive and defensive plays (player positioning).

Basketball is one of the world's most popular and widely viewed sports. The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the most popular and widely considered to be the highest level of professional basketball in the world and NBA players are the world's best paid sportsmen, by average annual salary per player. Outside North America, the top clubs from national leagues qualify to continental championships such as the Euroleague and FIBA Americas League. The FIBA Basketball World Cup attracts the top national teams from around the world. Each continent hosts regional competitions for national teams, like EuroBasket and FIBA Americas Championship.

The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup features the top national women's basketball teams from continental championships. The main North American league is the WNBA, whereas the EuroLeague Women has been dominated by teams from the Russian Women's Basketball Premier League.

Basketball (1978 video game)

Basketball is an Atari 2600 game loosely based on the sport of the same name. The game features a simple game of one-on-one basketball playable by one or two players, one of the few early Atari 2600 to have a true single player feature with an AI-controlled opponent. Basketball was released for the Atari 8-bit family in 1979 with improved graphics.

Basketball (disambiguation)

Basketball is a sport in which a ball is bounced and thrown through a hoop.

Basketball may also refer to:

  • Basketball (ball), the ball used in the sport
Basketball (1980 video game)

Basketball (released as NBA Basketball) is a multiplayer sports video game produced by Mattel and released for its Intellivision video game system in 1980. The players each control a basketball team competing in four timed quarters of game play. While Mattel did obtain a license from the National Basketball Association and used the NBA logo in its box art, NBA Basketball does not use any official team or player names.

Basketball (TV series)

Basketball is a 2013 South Korean television series starring Do Ji-han, Lee Elijah and Jung Dong-hyun. It aired on cable channel tvN from October 21 to December 31, 2013 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 23:00 for 18 episodes.

Basketball (1979 video game)

Basketball is an arcade game released in May 1979 by Atari Inc. It was notable as the first basketball video game to make use of a trackball for player movement and the first to use the angled side view which became a commonly used perspective in the basketball video games that followed.

Basketball (The Office)

"Basketball" is the fifth episode of the first season of the American comedy television series The Office, and the show's fifth episode overall. The episode aired on NBC in the United States on April 19, 2005. The episode was written and directed by producer Greg Daniels, marking both his first solo writing credit and first directing credit for the series. This episode also marks the first appearance of comedian Patrice O'Neal.

In this episode, Michael Scott ( Steve Carell) and the office staff take on the workers in the warehouse in a basketball game. Owing to racist and sexist stereotypes, Michael chooses many less-skilled office workers for the team over their more athletically talented peers. Michael claims a "flagrant personal intentional foul," stops the game, and declares his team as the winners. The warehouse finds the call unfair and Michael caves under pressure, and concedes the victory to the warehouse staff.

The episode was inspired by a deleted scene from the first episode where Michael talks about a pick-up basketball game. For two days, the cast of The Office played actual basketball games, which were then spliced together to give the effect of one continuous game. In addition, several lines from the episode became fan and cast favorites. "Basketball" was viewed by an estimated 5.0 million viewers and received a 2.4/6% rating share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49. The episode received positive reviews from critics.

Basketball (ball)

A basketball is a spherical inflated ball used in a game of basketball. Basketballs typically range in size from very small promotional items only a few inches in diameter to extra large balls nearly a foot in diameter used in training exercises, for example a basketball in high school would be about "27" while a NBA ball would be about "29". The actual standard size of a basketball in the NBA is in diameter.

Aside from the court and the baskets, the basketball is the only piece of equipment necessary to play the game of basketball. During the game, the ball must be bounced continuously ( dribbling), thrown through the air to other players ( passing) and towards the basket ( shooting). Therefore, the ball must be very durable and easy to hold on to. The basketball is also used to perform tricks (sometimes called freestyling), the most common of which are spinning the ball on the tip of one's index finger, dribbling in complex patterns, rolling the ball over one's shoulder, or performing aerobatic maneuvers with the ball while executing a slam dunk, most notably in the context of a slam dunk contest.

Basketball (song)

"Basketball" is a song that was written by William Waring, Robert Ford, Kurtis Blow, J. B. Moore, Jimmy Bralower, and Full Force and recorded by Kurtis Blow released in 1984 from his album Ego Trip. It was later covered by Lil' Bow Wow in 2002, featuring Jermaine Dupri, Fabolous and Fundisha for the Like Mike soundtrack. Music video for the original Kurtis Blow version was produced and directed by Michael Oblowitz in New York City in 1984. The song was used in the opening video, and as part of the soundtrack, in the video game NBA 2K12.

In 1985, the song was in the Vintage Sports coverage of the PBA during the Open Conference by used by the commentators for the pre-game, post-game and before and after of time-outs give way used of this song.

In 2016, the song was played during an episode of The Goldbergs entitled "Dungeons and Dragons, Anyone?". Kurtis Blow also recorded a new version of the song with lyrics about the game Dungeons & Dragons for the episode.

Usage examples of "basketball".

Mexican carryout, then drove to Lowtown, where I found Sam playing basketball, Miss Callie asleep inside, and Esau guarding the house with his shotgun.

With supper over things began to move now all over the Company, the few guys with money calling for a taxi to town, the many guys without money walking out to go to the gate on the 242 I 1 highway and hitchhike down, or getting ready to go to the show or to the gym to watch the 35th basketball champs play an exhibition game with the Fort Shafter squad.

If there were no winners, there were no losers, and Major Major enjoyed every gamboling moment right up till the day Colonel Cathcart roared up in his jeep after Major Duluth was killed and made it impossible for him ever to enjoy playing basketball there again.

He left his science book in the checkroom, along with the scorebook and the basketball, showed his membership card to the cashier, and took a preliminary stroll around the Haida war canoe in the 77th Street lobby.

The towns are not far apart, and we had an interfraternity basketball league.

Alpha Epsilon, and we had an interfraternity basketball league that included both universities.

He turns his hand, his puffy keratotic hand, long-fingered enough to hold a basketball from above, and scatters the pellets where the peacocks can eat them.

It was one of those real old Cortinas, the Mark Three, with enough legroom for a team of basketball players.

Rabbit has known Ronnie for thirty years and never liked him, one of those locker-room show-offs always soaping himself for everybody to see and giving the JVs redbellies and out on the basketball court barging around all sweat and elbows trying to make up in muscle what he lacked in style.

His ripest hours were spent in the day-long basketball games no one gave a damn about winning.

I graduated from the only college that won the NIT and NCAA basketball tournaments in the same year but more importantly than that a Jonas Salk graduated from that same NYC school and tried to rid the world of polio and ironically another person graduated from there too - the Secretary of State - who has forgotten his proud roots and chose to begin his march toward the scent of more money.

Footjoys and blue sweat socks, drawing the long tapered steel wand of his Lynx Predator driver from the bag, he feels tall again, tall the way he used to on a hardwood basketball floor when after those first minutes his growing momentum and lengthening bounds and leaps reduced the court to childlike dimensions, to the size of a tennis court and then a Ping-Pong table, his legs unthinkingly eating the distances up, back and forth, and the hoop with its dainty skirtlike net dipping down to be there on the layups.

He ate it from his Boy Scout messkit, sitting on one of the playground swings and rocking slowly back and forth with his shadow trailing out long across the faded lines of the basketball court.

Scenes of mayhem from Londonderry to Chandigarh, an overweight family rowing down main street in a freak flood in Ohio, a molasses truck overturned on the Jersey Turnpike, gunfire, stabbings, flaming police cars and blazing ambulances celebrating a league basketball championship in Detroit interspersed with a decrepit grinning couple on a bed that warped and heaved at the touch of a button because they offered him a settlement Harry, almost a quarter million dollars but of course he insists on going ahead with the case or rather Mister Basic does, he was out here for.

I used to sit in class and daydream about it, the way the other kids were daydreaming about being a movie star, being a big basketball player.