Basket hilt
Basket Bas"ket, n. [Of unknown origin. The modern Celtic words seem to be from the English.] 1. A vessel made of osiers or other twigs, cane, rushes, splints, or other flexible material, interwoven. ``Rude baskets . . . woven of the flexile willow.'' --Dyer. [1913 Webster]

2. The contents of a basket; as much as a basket contains; as, a basket of peaches. [1913 Webster]

3. (Arch.) The bell or vase of the Corinthian capital. [Improperly so used.] --Gwilt. [1913 Webster]

4. The two back seats facing one another on the outside of a stagecoach. [Eng.] --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

5. A container shaped like a basket[1], even if made of solid material rather than woven; -- the top is often, but not always, open and without a lid. [PJC]

6. a vessel suspended below a balloon, designed to carry people or measuring instruments for scientific research.

Note: The earliest balloons designed to carry people often had small vessels of woven flexible vegetable materials to hold the passengers, which resembled large baskets[1], from which the name was derived. [PJC]

7. (Basketball) A goal[3] consisting of a short cylindrical net suspended from a circular rim, which itself is attached at about ten feet above floor level to a backboard, placed at the end of a basketball court. In professional basketball, two such baskets are used, one at each end of the court, and each team may score only by passing the ball though its own basket. In informal games, only one such basket is often used. [PJC]

8. (Basketball) An instance of scoring points by throwing the basketball through the basket; as, he threw four baskets in the first quarter; -- the ball must pass through the basket from above in order to score points. [PJC]

{Basket fish} (Zo["o]l.), an ophiuran of the genus {Astrophyton}, having the arms much branched. See {Astrophyton}.

{Basket hilt}, a hilt with a covering wrought like basketwork to protect the hand. --Hudibras. Hence,

{Basket-hilted}, a.

{Basket work}, work consisting of plaited osiers or twigs.

{Basket worm} (Zo["o]l.), a lepidopterous insect of the genus {Thyridopteryx} and allied genera, esp. {Thyridopteryx ephemer[ae]formis}. The larva makes and carries about a bag or basket-like case of silk and twigs, which it afterwards hangs up to shelter the pupa and wingless adult females.

{collection basket}, a small basket[1] mounted on the end of a pole, used in churches to collect donations from those attending a church service; -- the long pole allows the collector to hold the basket in front of those at the end of the pew, while the collector remains in the aisle.

{waste basket}, a basket[4] used to hold waste matter, such as discarded paper, commonly shaped like a truncated cone, with the wide end open and at the top. Vessels of other shapes, such as oblong containers, are also called waste baskets. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Basket-Hilt — an einem Mortuary Sword Als Basket Hilt (engl. Korbgefäß) bezeichnet man eine geschlossene Korbvariante die bei mehreren Schwertarten Verwendung fand. Unter anderem bei den Typen: schottisches Korbschwert, Schiavona und bei den meisten Versionen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • basket hilt — n. a hilt with a basketlike guard for the hand, as on some swords basket hilted adj …   English World dictionary

  • basket hilt — basket hilted, adj. the basketlike hilt of a sword, foil, etc., serving to cover and protect the hand. [1540 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • basket hilt — /ˈbaskət hɪlt/ (say bahskuht hilt) noun an elaborate basket like hilt of a sword, serving to cover and protect the hand …   Australian English dictionary

  • basket hilt — noun a hilt with a basket shaped guard for the hand • Hypernyms: ↑hilt …   Useful english dictionary

  • basket-hilt — basˈket hilt noun A sword hilt with a protective covering like basketwork • • • Main Entry: ↑basket …   Useful english dictionary

  • basket hilt — noun Date: circa 1550 a hilt with a basket shaped guard to protect the hand • basket hilted adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • basket hilt — bas′ket hilt n. her a cup shaped hilt on a sword or foil for protecting the hand • Etymology: 1540–50 bas′ket hilt ed, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • basket hilt — n. hilt with a basket shaped hand cover for protection …   English contemporary dictionary

  • basket hilt — noun A style of sword hilt that surrounds and protects the hand …   Wiktionary

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