The definition of basketball is a game played by two 5-player teams, the object of which is to get the ball through the opposing player's hoop the most times to score the most points, or a large ball that is used in the game.(noun)
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Origin: invented & named (1891) by James A. Naismith (1861-1939) at Y.M.C.A. College, Springfield, Mass.
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