Noun basketball has 2 senses
  1. basketball, basketball game, hoops - 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
    --1 is a kind of court game
    --1 has parts:
     basketball shot; rebound; tip-off, tap-off; basketball play; half
    --1 has particulars: professional basketball
  2. basketball - an inflated ball used in playing basketball
    --2 is a kind of
    ball; basketball equipment