Etymology
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basketball (n.)

also basket-ball, "game in which the object is to throw the ball into one of the two baskets placed at opposite ends of the court," 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.

updated on April 08, 2017

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Definitions of basketball from WordNet

basketball (n.)
a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop;
Synonyms: basketball game / hoops
basketball (n.)
an inflated ball used in playing basketball;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.