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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
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]
  1. to bind or fasten with or as if with a hoop.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
hoop  (ho̅o̅p, hŏŏp),USA pronunciation 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;
    • 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. 

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

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
  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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