General English


  • noun a container made of thin pieces of wood, metal, plastic, etc.
  • noun a group of prices or currencies taken as a standard


  • In a speaker, a structure that supports the cone suspension and magnet assemblies. It is usually made of plastic or metal. Also called frame (6).


  • A steel mesh utensil (about 8 to 12 mm pitch) with a handle, which fits in a deep fat fryer and is used to lower damp foods, especially potato chips, into the fat slowly so that the boiling off of the water does not cause the fat or oil to boil over. It is also used for blanching vegetables in boiling water.


  • (written as Basket)
    A collection of currencies whose weighted average is used to determine fair value of another currency.


  • noun a device used in air-to-air refuelling; the basket is a receptacle fitted to the end of a fuel pipe, into which an aircraft must insert its refuelling probe in order to receive fuel


  • noun a bastard. A euphemism used in Britain and Australia, particularly in the 1950s and 1960s, and especially by middle-class speakers.
  • noun the male genitals. A male homosexual term, heard in the late 1970s and early 1980s.


  • noun a mounted horizontal metal hoop with a hanging open net, through which a player must throw the ball in order to score
  • noun a goal scored by throwing the ball through the basket, which is worth 1, 2 or 3 points depending on circumstances

Origin & History of “basket”

Basket is something of a mystery word. It turns up in the 13th century in Old French and Anglo-Norman as basket and in Anglo-Latin as baskettum, but how it got there is far from clear. Some have suggested that Latin bascauda ‘washing tub’, said by the Roman writer martial to be of British origin (and thought by some etymologists to be possibly of Celtic origin), may be connected with it in some way, but no conclusive proof of this has ever been found.