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Meaning of HOOP

Pronunciation:  hoop

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  horizontal hoop with a net through which players try to throw the basketball
  2. [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"
  3. [n]  a light curved skeleton to spread out a skirt
  4. [n]  a small arch used as croquet equipment
  5. [v]  bind or fasten with a hoop; "hoop vats"

HOOP is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
  3. \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}.
  4. \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.
  5. \Hoop\, n.
    1. A shout; a whoop, as in whooping cough.
    2. (Zo["o]l.) The hoopoe. See {Hoopoe}.
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