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Basketball

backboard

noun

in basketball, the board behind the basket (=net)

basket

noun

the net that you throw the ball through in basketball

basket

noun

a point scored in basketball

basketball

noun

a game played by two teams of five players who get points by throwing a ball through a net

center

noun

a player in basketball whose position is near the basket

dunk

verb

to throw the ball downward into the basket during a game of basketball

field goal

noun

in basketball, an ordinary goal worth two or three points scored while all the players are moving around, rather than after the game has been stopped because a player has broken the rules

foul out

in basketball, to be forced to leave a game after committing more than the allowed number of fouls

foul line

noun

in basketball, either of the lines that players get a chance to score points from after an opponent has committed a foul

full-court press

noun

a method of playing basketball in which one team puts pressure on their opponents in all parts of the court

goaltending

noun

the action of reaching above the goal in a game of basketball to stop the ball from going in, which is not allowed

guard

noun

in basketball, one of two players who are responsible for moving the ball around the court in order to create opportunities for their team to score

hoops

noun

the game of basketball

in

adjective, adverb, preposition

a ball that is in during a game such as tennis or basketball is within the area of play

in-bounds

adjective

in basketball, an in-bounds ball or pass is one in which the ball is thrown back onto the court from outside the playing area

jump ball

noun

in basketball, an occasion when the ball is thrown straight up so that one player from each team can jump for it

jump shot

noun

the movement that a basketball player makes by jumping into the air and throwing the ball toward the basket

lay-up

noun

a throw in basketball that a player makes from close to the basket or under it, usually using one hand and hitting the ball against the backboard

the NBA

the National Basketball Association: an organization of professional basketball players in the U.S. and Canada that decides rules and organizes competitions

net

noun

in basketball, the loose net hanging from the circular basket that you put the ball through

rebound

noun

in basketball, the action of catching a ball after it has rebounded

slam dunk

noun

in basketball, the action of jumping up and pushing the ball into the net with great force

slam-dunk

verb

to jump up and push the ball into the net with great force in basketball

swish

verb

to throw a basketball through the basket in a way that makes a smooth gentle sound

time out

noun

a short period of time in a game of basketball or ice hockey when players rest and plan their game

tip-off

noun

in basketball, an occasion when the ball is thrown into the air so that two players can jump up and try to gain control of it

travel

verb

in basketball, to take more steps than the rules allow while you are holding the ball

turnover

noun

in football or basketball, an occasion when one team loses the ball and the other team gets it

walk

verb

to travel in the game of basketball

dunk

noun

out of bounds

outside the playing area in some sports such as football or basketball

shoot hoops

to practice basketball

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a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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