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Meaning of HOOK

Pronunciation:  hûk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket
  2. [n]  a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
  3. [n]  a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer; "he tooks lessons to cure his hooking"
  4. [n]  a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something
  5. [n]  a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
  6. [n]  a catch for locking a door
  7. [n]  anything that serves as an enticement
  8. [n]  a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook
  9. [v]  entice and trap; "The car salesman had snared three potential customers"
  10. [v]  to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, esp. a narcotic drug)
  11. [v]  fasten with a hook
  12. [v]  catch with a hook; "hook a fish"
  13. [v]  hit with a hook; in boxing; "His opponent hooked him badly"
  14. [v]  in golf: hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left
  15. [v]  interlock
  16. [v]  make off with belongings of others
  17. [v]  rip off; ask an unreasonable price
  18. [v]  take by theft; "Someone snitched my wallet!"

HOOK is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: abstract, addict, bait, cabbage, claw, come-on, cop, crochet, crotchet, draw, filch, fleece, gazump, glom, hook shot, hooking, knock off, lift, lure, nobble, overcharge, pilfer, pinch, pluck, plume, purloin, rob, snare, snarf, sneak, snitch, soak, surcharge, sweetener, swipe, thieve
 Antonyms: undercharge, unhook
 See Also: accustom, anchor, barb, basketball shot, beat, biff, bill, boat hook, buttonhook, catch, catch, charge, cheat, chisel, clothes hanger, coat hanger, crotchet, cup hook, curve, curved shape, dress hanger, entice, enticement, extort, fasten, fishhook, fix, gaff, gig, golf shot, golf stroke, gouge, grab, grapnel, grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron, ground tackle, habituate, hit, hook up, implement, intertwine, lick, loop, lure, meat hook, mechanical device, poke, pothook, punch, rack, rip off, roundhouse, secure, seize, skyhook, steal, swing, take hold of, tempt, temptation, tenterhook, uncus, use, wring



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hook\, n. [OE. hok, AS. h[=o]c; cf. D. haak, G. hake,
    haken, OHG. h[=a]ko, h[=a]go, h[=a]ggo, Icel. haki, Sw. hake,
    Dan. hage. Cf. {Arquebuse}, {Hagbut}, {Hake}, {Hatch} a half
    door, {Heckle}.]
    1. A piece of metal, or other hard material, formed or bent
       into a curve or at an angle, for catching, holding, or
       sustaining anything; as, a hook for catching fish; a hook
       for fastening a gate; a boat hook, etc.
    2. That part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on
       which a door or gate hangs and turns.
    3. An implement for cutting grass or grain; a sickle; an
       instrument for cutting or lopping; a billhook.
             Like slashing Bentley with his desperate hook.
    4. (Steam Engin.) See {Eccentric}, and {V-hook}.
    5. A snare; a trap. [R.] --Shak.
    6. A field sown two years in succession. [Prov. Eng.]
    7. pl. The projecting points of the thigh bones of cattle; --
       called also {hook bones}.
    {By hook or by crook}, one way or other; by any means, direct
       or indirect. --Milton. ``In hope her to attain by hook or
       crook.'' --Spenser.
    {Off the hooks}, unhinged; disturbed; disordered. [Colloq.]
       ``In the evening, by water, to the Duke of Albemarle, whom
       I found mightly off the hooks that the ships are not gone
       out of the river.'' --Pepys.
    {On one's own hook}, on one's own account or responsibility;
       by one's self. [Colloq. U.S.] --Bartlett.
    {To go off the hooks}, to die. [Colloq.] --Thackeray.
    {Bid hook}, a small boat hook.
    {Chain hook}. See under {Chain}.
    {Deck hook}, a horizontal knee or frame, in the bow of a
       ship, on which the forward part of the deck rests.
    {Hook and eye}, one of the small wire hooks and loops for
       fastening together the opposite edges of a garment, etc.
    {Hook bill} (Zo["o]l.), the strongly curved beak of a bird.
    {Hook ladder}, a ladder with hooks at the end by which it can
       be suspended, as from the top of a wall.
    {Hook motion} (Steam Engin.), a valve gear which is reversed
       by V hooks.
    {Hook squid}, any squid which has the arms furnished with
       hooks, instead of suckers, as in the genera
       {Enoploteuthis} and {Onychteuthis}.
    {Hook wrench}, a wrench or spanner, having a hook at the end,
       instead of a jaw, for turning a bolthead, nut, or
  2. \Hook\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hooked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To catch or fasten with a hook or hooks; to seize,
       capture, or hold, as with a hook, esp. with a disguised or
       baited hook; hence, to secure by allurement or artifice;
       to entrap; to catch; as, to hook a dress; to hook a trout.
             Hook him, my poor dear, . . . at any sacrifice. --W.
    2. To seize or pierce with the points of the horns, as cattle
       in attacking enemies; to gore.
    3. To steal. [Colloq. Eng. & U.S.]
    {To hook on}, to fasten or attach by, or as by, hook.
  3. \Hook\, v. i.
    To bend; to curve as a hook.
  4. \Hook\, v. i.
    To move or go with a sudden turn; hence [Slang or Prov.
    Eng.], to make off; to clear out; -- often with it. ``Duncan
    was wounded, and the escort hooked it.'' --Kipling.
Computing Dictionary
  1. ? Object Oriented Kernel. Delphia. An object-oriented extension of Delphia Prolog.

    [jargon file]

  2. A software or hardware feature included in order to simplify later additions or changes by a user.

    For example, a simple program that prints numbers might always print them in base 10, but a more flexible version would let a variable determine what base to use; setting the variable to 5 would make the program print numbers in base 5. The variable is a simple hook. An even more flexible program might examine the variable and treat a value of 16 or less as the base to use, but treat any other number as the address of a user-supplied routine for printing a number. This is a hairy but powerful hook; one can then write a routine to print numbers as Roman numerals, say, or as Hebrew characters, and plug it into the program through the hook.

    Often the difference between a good program and a superb one is that the latter has useful hooks in judiciously chosen places. Both may do the original job about equally well, but the one with the hooks is much more flexible for future expansion of capabilities.

    emacs, for example, is *all* hooks.

    The term "user exit" is synonymous but much more formal and less hackish.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing hooks in your dream, suggests that you will get caught for your mischievousness and deceit. It also indicates your quest for material gains or feelings of deprivation. Dreaming that you are catching something with a hook, suggests that you need to acknowledge and incorporate some aspect or characteristic into your self-image. Alternatively, it may refer to your love or sexual relationship and issues of intimacy.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) Heb. hah, a "ring" inserted in the nostrils of animals to which a cord was fastened for the purpose of restraining them (2 Kings 19:28; Isa. 37:28, 29; Ezek. 29:4; 38:4). "The Orientals make use of this contrivance for curbing their work-beasts...When a beast becomes unruly they have only to draw the cord on one side, which, by stopping his breath, punishes him so effectually that after a few repetitions he fails not to become quite tractable whenever he begins to feel it" (Michaelis). So God's agents are never beyond his control.

(2.) Hakkah, a fish "hook" (Job 41:2, Heb. Text, 40:25; Isa. 19:8; Hab. 1:15).

(3.) Vav, a "peg" on which the curtains of the tabernacle were hung (Ex. 26:32).

(4.) Tsinnah, a fish-hooks (Amos 4:2).

(5.) Mazleg, flesh-hooks (1 Sam. 2:13, 14), a kind of fork with three teeth for turning the sacrifices on the fire, etc.

(6.) Mazmeroth, pruning-hooks (Isa. 2:4; Joel 3:10).

(7.) 'Agmon (Job 41:2, Heb. Text 40:26), incorrectly rendered in the Authorized Version. Properly a rush-rope for binding animals, as in Revised Version margin.

Thesaurus Terms
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