Basketball (baskit-bôl) n. 

  1. A game played between two teams of five players each, the
    object being to throw a ball through an elevated basket on the
    opponent's side of a rectangular court. Players may move the
    ball by dribbling or passing with the hands.

  2. The inflated, spherical ball used in this game.

  3. A game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players;
    points are scored by throwing the basketball through an elevated
    horizontal hoop [syn: basketball game, hoops]

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