Open main menu
See also: basket-work and basket work



Alternative formsEdit


basket +‎ work


basketwork (usually uncountable, plural basketworks)

  1. Material woven in the style of a basket.
    • 1671, John Burbury, A Relation of the Journey of the Right Honourable My Lord Henry Howard from London to Vienna, and thence to Constantinople, London: T. Collins et al., p. 172,[1]
      The Village Walls resemble those in Hungary, but are something worse, being only long Stakes thrust into the Ground, and crossed through like Basket-work, and so dawbed all over on both sides with Mud and Dirt.
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy, Volume 2, Chapter 11,[2]
      [] the smoke, having no means to escape but through a hole in the roof, eddied round the rafters of the cottage, and hung in sable folds at the height of about five feet from the floor. The space beneath was kept pretty clear by innumerable currents of air which rushed towards the fire from the broken panel of basket-work which served as a door []
    • 1915, Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier, New York: Vintage, 1983, Part Three, Chapter 3, p. 135,[3]
      Once a week each of the girls, since there were seven of them, took a drive with the mother in the old basketwork chaise drawn by a very fat, very lumbering pony.
    • 1950, Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast, Penguin, 1969, Chapter 50, p. 324,[4]
      Once again he leaned forward, his hands grasping the basket-work rim of his chair.
  2. The craft of making such material.
    • 1980, Michael Howell and Peter Ford, The True History of the Elephant Man, Penguin, Chapter 9, p. 123,[5]
      In one of his letters to Mrs Kendal, Joseph mentioned that he hoped one day to be able to learn basket work. She promptly arranged for an instructor to teach him the craft.