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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
hoop /hup, hʊp/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [~ + object]
- a circular band or ring, as one of metal or wood.
- 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.
- to bind or fasten with or as if with a hoop.
(ho̅o̅p, hŏŏp),USA pronunciation n.
- a circular band or ring of metal, wood, or other stiff material.
- Buildingsuch a band for holding together the staves of a cask, tub, etc.
- a large ring of iron, wood, plastic, etc., used as a plaything for a child to roll along the ground.
- a circular or ringlike object, part, figure, etc.
- Jewelrythe shank of a finger ring.
- Games[Croquet.]a wicket.
- Clothinga circular band of stiff material used to expand and display a woman's skirt.
- ClothingSee hoop skirt.
- [Basketball Informal.]
- the metal ring from which the net is suspended;
- the metal ring and net taken together;
- the game of basketball.
- a decorative band, as around a mug or cup.
- Building, MetallurgySee hoop iron.
- to bind or fasten with or as if with a hoop or hoops.
- to encircle;
- 1125–75; Middle English hope, hoop, late Old English hōp; cognate with Dutch hoep
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
hoop /huːp/ n
- a rigid circular band of metal or wood
- something resembling this
- a band of iron that holds the staves of a barrel or cask together
- a child's toy shaped like a hoop and rolled on the ground or whirled around the body
- any of the iron arches through which the ball is driven
- a light curved frame to spread out a skirt
- (as modifier): a hoop skirt, a hoop petticoat
- the round metal frame to which the net is attached to form the basket
- a large ring through which performers or animals jump
- go through the hoop, be put through the hoop ⇒ to be subjected to an ordeal
Etymology: Old English hōp; related to Dutch hoep, Old Norse hōp bay, Lithuanian kabẽ hookhooped adj
- (transitive) to surround with or as if with a hoop
hoop /huːp/ n , vb
- a variant spelling of whoop
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