The History of Basketball

  • emerge /ɪˈmɜːdʒ $ -ɜːrdʒ/ to appear or come out from somewhere
  • The flowers emerge in the spring.
  • athletic /æθˈletɪk, əθ-/ relating to athletics
  • athletic ability
  • occupy /ˈɒkjəpaɪ $ ˈɑːk-/ if something occupies you or your time, you are busy doing it
  • Football occupies most of my leisure time.
  • adaptation /ˌædæpˈteɪʃən/ the process of changing something to make it suitable for a new situation
  • adaptation to the environment
  • lacrosse /ləˈkrɒs $ ləˈkrɒːs/ a game played on a field by two teams of ten players, in which each player has a long stick with a net on the end of it and uses this to throw, catch, and carry a small ball
  • He has decided not to play football in order to focus on schoolwork and lacrosse.
  • peach /piːtʃ/ a round juicy fruit that has a soft yellow or red skin and a large hard seed in the centre, or the tree that this fruit grows on
  • ladder /ˈlædə $ -ər/ a piece of equipment used for climbing up to or down from high places. A ladder has two bars that are connected by rungs (=short bars that you use as steps)
  • She climbed up the ladder.
  • drill /drɪl/ to make a hole in something using a drill
  • Drill a hole in each corner.
  • dribble /ˈdrɪbəl/ to move the ball along with you by short kicks, bounces, or hits in a game of football, basketball etc
  • He was trying to dribble the ball past his opponents.
  • tolerance /ˈtɒlərəns $ ˈtɑː-/ the degree to which someone can suffer pain, difficulty etc without being harmed or damaged
  • Many old people have a very limited tolerance to cold.
  • foul /faʊl/ if a sports player fouls another player, they do something that is not allowed by the rules

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