• WordNet 3.6
    • n basketball 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
    • n basketball an inflated ball used in playing basketball
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In proportion, if Jupiter were a basketball, then the sun would be the size of the Louisiana Super Dome
    • Basketball 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.
    • Basketball The inflatable ball used in the game of basketball.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are 122 pebbles per square inch on a Spalding basketball
    • n basketball A game played with a ball resembling a foot-ball, in which the object is to throw the ball into one of two baskets (the goals) placed at opposite ends of the field. It is played by any number of persons (five or nine are preferred for championship games) upon a field (out of doors or within) of any convenient size. The rules are designed especially to eliminate the roughness of foot-ball. A well-defined line is marked around the floor or field, with the side-boundaries at least 3 feet from the wall or fence and the end-boundaries directly below the surface against which the goal is placed. The goals consist of baskets or hammock-nets of cords suspended from metal rings of 18 inches' inside diameter. These rings are placed 10 feet above the ground in the middle of the end-lines. The inside rim is 6 inches from the surface of a flat perpendicular screen, or very rigid surface, measuring at least 6 feet horizontally by 4 feet vertically. If a screen is used, it should not extend more than one foot below the upper edge of the goal. Teams should consist of 5 persons, and the officials are the referee, 2 umpires, a scorer, and a timekeeper. The ball is round, and consists of a rubber bladder covered with bather not less than 30 nor more than 32 inches in circumference and weighing not less than 18 nor more than 20 ounces. It should be tightly inflated. The referee's duties are to decide when the ball is in play, to whom it belongs, and when a goal has been made; to approve of the timekeeper and scorer before the game begins; and, when the ball is put in play, to toss it up in a plane at right angles to the side-lines, so that it will drop near the center of the field, which is indicated by a conspicuous mark. This is done at the opening of the game, at the beginning of the second half, and after each goal. After the referee puts the ball in play in the center, it must be first touched by one of the center players who shall have been previously indicated to the umpire. The game then continues for 20 minutes, when there is an intermission of 10 minutes and the teams change goals. The umpires call all fouls, and a foul called by one shall not be questioned by the other. A goal is made by throwing the ball fairly, so that it lands in the basket. A goal made from the field counts 2 points and a goal from a foul counts 1 point. The game is decided by the winning of the most points in 40 minutes' play consisting of two 20-minute halves with an intermission of 10 minutes. In case of a tie the game continues until either side has made two additional points. When a foul has been made the opposite side has a free throw for the goal at a distance of 15 feet from a point on the floor directly beneath the center of the goal. No player shall stand nearer than 6 feet to the thrower, nor in a lane 6 feet wide from the thrower to the goal, nor interfere with the ball until after it reaches the goal. A player is not allowed to carry the ball in his hands, but must play it from the spot on which he catches it. He can bat the ball with one hand. There should be no taking hold of nor pushing of an opponent, and the arms may not be used in any way to interfere with the player who has not the ball. There may be no shouldering, tripping, striking, kicking, hacking, or roughness of any kind. When the ball has cone out of bounds the player first touching it returns it to the field of play. He may throw the ball in any direction into the field of play from any spot, outside of bounds, on a line drawn at right angles to the boundary-line at a point where the ball crossed it. The game was invented by James Naismith.
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  • Charles Barkley
    Charles Barkley
    “If I weren't earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.”
  • Earvin ''Magic'' Johnson
    Earvin ''Magic'' Johnson
    “They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me.”
  • Bobby Knight
    Bobby Knight
    “You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.”
  • Isiah Thomas
    Isiah Thomas
    “If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life.”
  • John Wooden
    “It is most difficult, in my mind, to separate any success, whether it be in your profession, your family, or as in my case, in basketball, from religion.”


In literature:

These teams were in turn subdivided into basketball teams, and many games were played between these teams.
"The 1926 Tatler" by Various
A room in the upstairs of the town hall was opened up and fitted for basketball.
"Church Cooperation in Community Life" by Paul L. Vogt
Scrub teams for certain indoor sports had been made up, and even Jennie Stone took up the playing of basketball with vigor.
"Ruth Fielding At College" by Alice B. Emerson
In addition to these four major forms of college sports, tennis, lacrosse, basketball, and swimming also have a prominent place.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
Patricia Everett was teaching her to play tennis until basketball practice began.
"Highacres" by Jane Abbott
Such fine basketball courts!
"The Girls of Central High on Lake Luna" by Gertrude W. Morrison
It was hard to see, but Rick thought it had a golden glisten and that it was round, about the size of a basketball.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Tony Briotti aided the sudden pile-up of pirates with a chunk of lava the size of a basketball.
"The Pirates of Shan" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Such a combination, operating with basketball intuition, becomes exceedingly difficult to stop.
"The Forward Pass in Football" by Elmer Berry
She talks of nothing but her college, her college friends, her high marks at exams, her basketball team, and all that.
"Stories That End Well" by Octave Thanet

In news:

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's basketball team held off a late U.T.-Dallas rally for a 74-70 victory while the women's basketball team dropped a 83-63 decision to the Comets Thursday night in Belton.
Cornel's Devin Cherry (24) shoots against Wisconsin's George Marshall during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov 18, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Cornell Wisconsin Basketball.
The Coronado High boys basketball team overcame a sluggish start to earn a spot in the McDonald's Classic Basketball Tournament final.
Trey Zeigler scored 22 points but the Central Michigan University men's basketball team dropped a 49-47 decision Saturday to Texas A&M- Corpus Christi in a Bracket Buster basketball challenge.
The Dalton girls basketball team cruised by Our Lady of the Elms to highlight area girls basketball action.
As Jim Crutchfield has turned West Liberty into a Division II basketball power, fans have mostly kept their eyes on the basketball.
Former Kansas basketball guard Tyrel Reed is writing a diary during his free time in Belgium, where he is playing professional basketball.
When transcendent basketball talents meet to decide a state title, championship day at the UIL boys basketball tournament gets a little more electric.
The bar has been set for the US men's basketball team - match the 1992 Dream Team, the most dominant collection of basketball players ever assembled.
2009 prospect Ebony Jones, from Cedar Hill High School in Texas, signed a letter-of-Intent to play basketball for Georgia during the 2009-2010 basketball season, according to
The Geneseo varsity girls' basketball team had a tough week on the basketball court as the girls fell in conference and non-conference match ups.
As the annual college basketball tournament known as March Madness begins, there is a proposal to block men's college basketball teams that don't graduate at least 40 percent of their players.
In addition to featuring the Bay Rivers District basketball favorites, Wednesday's boys basketball game between Grafton and Bruton featured at least two college coaches on hand to view basketball and football recruits.
MOUNT VERNON — Along with several dozen newspapers around the country, the Mount Vernon News will carry this year's BRACKETBUCKS Basketball Contest in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
KMVT's Ngozi Ekeledo has more on the Lady Senators' 49-46 win against the Buhl girls basketball team and all of your local basketball scores.

In science:

In basketball, there are five positions: point guard, shooti ng guard, small forward, power forward, and center.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
Each basketball player can play any of the five positions with varied levels.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
For a basketball team, its level in each of the five positions is determined by the highest level, rather than the sum, of all its players.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
For the example of basketball, pro fit allocation turns out to be players evaluation.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
One interesting property of the example of basketball is that the evaluation of benchwarmers is not that obvious to study, compared with the key players frequently appearing on the court.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices