English Language Learners Definition of basketball. : a game in which two teams of five players bounce a ball and try to score points by throwing the ball through one of the raised nets at each end of a rectangular court. : a large rubber ball that is used in the game of basketball. See the full definition for basketball in the English Language Learners Dictionary.
basketball. (ˈbɑːskɪtˌbɔːl) n. 1. (Basketball) 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. 2. (Basketball) the inflated ball used in this game.
Basketball, game played between two teams of five players each on a rectangular court, usually indoors. Each team tries to score by tossing the ball through the opponent’s goal, an elevated horizontal hoop and net called a basket. It is the only major sport strictly of U.S. origin.
Basketball as a social and communal sport features environments, rules and demographics different from those seen in professional and televised basketball. Recreational basketball. Basketball is played widely as an extracurricular, intramural or amateur sport in schools and colleges. Notable institutions of recreational basketball include:
a game played by two teams of five players who score points by throwing the ball through a net that hangs from a metal ring, or the ball used in this game (Definition of basketball from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
The game is played between two teams, with five players per team allowed on the court at any one time. Points are scored by getting the ball through a hoop called 'the goal' or 'the basket', and the team scoring the most points wins.
The game is played between men's teams or between women's teams. Basketball has been played in the Summer Olympic Games since 1936. The shot clock rule started in 1954 for professional basketball. The first basketball game took place in 1892, where the court was half the size of what it is today. In 1891 the game was invented by James Naismith.
Basketball is a team sport. Two teams of five players each try to score by shooting a ball through a hoop elevated 10 feet above the ground. The game is played on a rectangular floor called the court, and there is a hoop at each end. The court is divided into two main sections by the mid-court line.