Definitions for: Hoop

[n] horizontal hoop with a net through which players try to throw the basketball
[n] a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling; "there was still a rusty iron hoop for tying a horse"
[n] a light curved skeleton to spread out a skirt
[n] a small arch used as croquet equipment
[v] bind or fasten with a hoop; "hoop vats"

Webster (1913) Definition: Hoop, n. [OE. hope; akin to D. hoep, hoepel.]
1. A pliant strip of wood or metal bent in a circular form,
and united at the ends, for holding together the staves of
casks, tubs, etc.

2. A ring; a circular band; anything resembling a hoop, as
the cylinder (cheese hoop) in which the curd is pressed in
making cheese.

3. A circle, or combination of circles, of thin whalebone,
metal, or other elastic material, used for expanding the
skirts of ladies' dresses; crinoline; -- used chiefly in
the plural.

Though stiff with hoops, and armed with ribs of
whale. --Pope.

4. A quart pot; -- so called because originally bound with
hoops, like a barrel. Also, a portion of the contents
measured by the distance between the hoops. [Obs.]

5. An old measure of capacity, variously estimated at from
one to four pecks. [Eng.] --Halliwell.

Bulge hoop, Chine hoop, Quarter hoop, the hoop nearest
the middle of a cask, that nearest the end, and the
intermediate hoop between these two, respectively.

Flat hoop, a wooden hoop dressed flat on both sides.

Half-round hoop, a wooden hoop left rounding and undressed
on the outside.

Hoop iron, iron in thin narrow strips, used for making

Hoop lock, the fastening for uniting the ends of wooden
hoops by notching and interlocking them.

Hoop skirt, a framework of hoops for expanding the skirts
of a woman's dress; -- called also hoop petticoat.

Hoop snake (Zo["o]l.), a harmless snake of the Southern
United States (Abaster erythrogrammus); -- so called
from the mistaken notion that it curves itself into a
hoop, taking its tail into its mouth, and rolls along with
great velocity.

Hoop tree (Bot.), a small West Indian tree ({Melia
sempervirens}), of the Mahogany family.

Hoop, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hooped; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To bind or fasten with hoops; as, to hoop a barrel or

2. To clasp; to encircle; to surround. --Shak.

Hoop, v. i. [OE. houpen; cf. F. houper to hoop, to shout;
-- a hunting term, prob. fr. houp, an interj. used in
calling. Cf. Whoop.]
1. To utter a loud cry, or a sound imitative of the word, by
way of call or pursuit; to shout. [Usually written

2. To whoop, as in whooping cough. See Whoop.

Hooping cough. (Med.) See Whooping cough.

Hoop, v. t. [Written also whoop.]
1. To drive or follow with a shout. ``To be hooped out of
Rome.'' --Shak.

2. To call by a shout or peculiar cry.

Hoop, n.
1. A shout; a whoop, as in whooping cough.

2. (Zo["o]l.) The hoopoe. See Hoopoe.

Synonyms: basket, basketball hoop, ring, wicket

See Also: band, barrel, carabiner, cask, crinoline, croquet equipment, curtain ring, encircle, farthingale, frame, gird, goal, hoopskirt, karabiner, key ring, napkin ring, nose ring, pannier, rim, skeletal frame, skeleton, snap ring, tire, towel ring, tyre, underframe, wagon wheel

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