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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
hoop /hup, hʊp/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a circular band or ring, as one of metal or wood.
  2. Buildingsuch a band for holding together the sides of a container.
    • the metal ring from which a basketball net is suspended, or the ring and net together.

v. [+ object]
  • to bind or fasten with or as if with a hoop.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    hoop  (ho̅o̅p, hŏŏp), 
    n. 
    1. a circular band or ring of metal, wood, or other stiff material.
    2. Buildingsuch a band for holding together the staves of a cask, tub, etc.
    3. a large ring of iron, wood, plastic, etc., used as a plaything for a child to roll along the ground.
    4. a circular or ringlike object, part, figure, etc.
    5. Jewelrythe shank of a finger ring.
    6. Games[Croquet.]a wicket.
    7. Clothinga circular band of stiff material used to expand and display a woman's skirt.
    8. ClothingSee hoop skirt. 
    9. [Basketball Informal.]
      • the metal ring from which the net is suspended;
        rim.
      • the metal ring and net taken together;
        the basket.
      • the game of basketball.
    10. a decorative band, as around a mug or cup.
    11. Building, MetallurgySee hoop iron. 

    v.t. 
  • to bind or fasten with or as if with a hoop or hoops.
  • to encircle;
    surround.
  • Etymology:1125–75;
    Middle English hope, hoop, late Old English hōp;
    cognate with Dutch hoep
    hoopless, adj. 
    hooplike′, adj. 


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    hoop /huːp/ n
    1. a rigid circular band of metal or wood
    2. something resembling this
    3. a band of iron that holds the staves of a barrel or cask together
    4. a child's toy shaped like a hoop and rolled on the ground or whirled around the body
    5. any of the iron arches through which the ball is driven
    6. a light curved frame to spread out a skirt
    7. (as modifier): a hoop skirt, a hoop petticoat
    8. the round metal frame to which the net is attached to form the basket
    9. a large ring through which performers or animals jump
    10. go through the hoop, be put through the hoopto be subjected to an ordeal
    vb
    1. (transitive) to surround with or as if with a hoop
    Etymology: Old English hōp; related to Dutch hoep, Old Norse hōp bay, Lithuanian kabẽ hook

    hooped adj
    hoop /huːp/ n , vb
    1. a variant spelling of whoop



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