basketful


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia.

bas·ket

(băs′kĭt)
n. pl. baskets
1.
a. A container made of interwoven material, such as rushes or twigs.
b. The amount that a basket can hold.
2. An item resembling such a container in shape or function.
3. A usually open gondola suspended from a hot-air balloon.
4. A group of related things, such as financial securities or products in a specific market.
5. Basketball
a. Either of the two goals normally elevated ten feet above the floor, consisting of a metal hoop from which an open-bottomed circular net is suspended.
b. A field goal.
6. Sports A usually circular or star-shaped structure at the base of a ski pole, used to prevent the pole from sinking too deeply into the snow.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman baschet, basket, alteration (with substitution of the original ending by -et, noun suffix) of a word akin to French dialectal bâchot, pannier, and Old French baschoe, wooden or wicker container, both ultimately from Latin bascauda, a kind of basin, of Celtic origin; akin to Middle Irish basc, neckband of beadwork, and Welsh baich, burden, load; further akin to Latin fascis, bundle.]

bas′ket·ful′ n.

basketful

(ˈbɑːskɪtfʊl)
n
another name for basket2

bas•ket•ful

(ˈbæs kɪtˌfʊl, ˈbɑ skɪt-)

n., pl. -fuls.
1. a sufficient quantity to fill a basket; the amount contained in a basket.
2. any considerable quantity.
[1565–75]
usage: See -ful.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.basketful - the quantity contained in a basketbasketful - the quantity contained in a basket  
containerful - the quantity that a container will hold
References in classic literature ?
On Saturday night they came home with a great basketful of things, and spread them out on the table, while every one stood round, and the children climbed up on the chairs, or howled to be lifted up to see.
A hatful of rain makes high water in the Neckar, and a basketful produces an overflow.
There was no furniture save a little pallet bed, a small table, and a basketful of linen.
She placed a pair of horn spectacles upon her nose, and drew towards her a basketful of threads and wools.
When she sat down to a basketful of their stockings, every heel with a hole in it, she would fling up her arms and exclaim, "Oh dear, I am sure I sometimes think spinsters are to be envied
Now, the young lady happened to be lame, and had to have her foot bandaged up every day; so she kept a basketful of bandages, all nicely rolled and ready.
His sight having been injured in his early wars by a basketful of lime which had been emptied over him when he led the Earl of Derby's stormers up the breach at Bergerac, he had contracted something of a stoop, with a blinking, peering expression of face.
Before leaving the houses a little basketful of roasted sweet potatoes was given to each of our party; and we all, according to the custom, carried them away to eat on the road.
They gathered a whole basketful of mushrooms; even Lily found a birch mushroom.
said Fledgeby, on whose intelligence this doll-fancy made rather strong demands; 'she's been buying that basketful to-day, I suppose?
In fact it is but one of a basketful of studies pro-lifers cite, and nowhere near as weak as Grimes implies.
There's a basketful of bargains at the Co-op, where own labels and brands have been slashed - like Co-op British Wafer Thin Breaded Ham (200g), now half price at PS2.