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Basket Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    basket 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]
Basket Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Basket \Bas"ket\, v. t. To put into a basket. [R.]
Basket Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Basket \Bas"ket\, n. [Of unknown origin. The modern Celtic words seem to be from the English.]
  1. A vessel made of osiers or other twigs, cane, rushes, splints, or other flexible material, interwoven. ``Rude baskets . . . woven of the flexile willow.'' --Dyer.
  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.] --Gwilt.
  4. The two back seats facing one another on the outside of a stagecoach. [Eng.] --Goldsmith. Basket fish (Zo["o]l.), 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, Baskethilted, a. Basket work, work consisting of plaited osiers or twigs. Basket worm (Zo["o]l.), a lepidopterous insect of the genus Thyridopteryx and allied genera, esp. T. ephemer[ae]formis}. 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.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Basket'

A basket is a container which is traditionally constructed from stiff fibres, often made of willow. The top is either left open or the basket may be fitted with a lid.

The plant life available in a region affects the choice of material, which in turn influences the weaving technique. Rattan and other members of the Arecaceae or palm tree family, the thin grasses of temperate regions, and broad-leaved tropical bromeliads each require a different method of twisting and braiding to be made into a basket.

Although baskets were probably created to serve a utilitarian rather than an aesthetic purpose, the practice of basket making has evolved into an art. Artistic freedom allows basket makers a wide choice of colors, materials, sizes, patterns, and details.

Archaeological sites in the Middle East show that weaving techniques were used to make mats and possibly also baskets, circa 8 000 BC. Baskets made with interwoven techniques were common at 3 000 BC.

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* Behold, the fool saith, Put not all thine eggs in the one basket, -- which is but a manner of saying, Scatter your money and your attention, but the wise man saith, Put all your eggs in the one basket and -- watch that basket. - Mark Twain

* Marriage is the wastepaper basket of the emotions. - Leon Botstein

* Take life one basket at a time. - Jackie Wilson

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