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1. Any of various aircraft or schemes for lifting and transporting heavy objects from a position in the air or in space, usually by means of a long cable.
2. Informal Something that is depended on despite seeming impossible or rationally inexplicable: "We should not look for skyhooks, but only for toeholds" (Richard Rorty).
3. Basketball A hook shot that is released so high it is nearly impossible to block.


1. (Aeronautics) aeronautics a hook used to lift objects into the air from an aircraft or aerial cableway
2. (Mountaineering) mountaineering a hook that provides a hold on small protrusions or slippery surfaces
3. (Extreme Sports) parachuting a hook for extracting a reserve parachute
4. (Extreme Sports) a hook used as a releasable fastener for a skateboard



1. a fanciful hook imagined to be suspended in the air.
2. any of various lifting devices, as one hung from a helicopter, for hoisting heavy loads over a distance.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skyhook - helicopter carrying a reel of steel cable that can be used to lift and transport heavy objects
eggbeater, helicopter, whirlybird, chopper - an aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades
2.skyhook - a hook that is imagined to be suspended from the sky
hook - a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something
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Insitu's ScanEagle and Integrator--the commercial version of the Blackjack--deploy from a pneumatic launcher and are captured on a sky hook, Williamson said.
The Philracom Japan Cup local race will pit Lollipop (jockey MA Alvarez), Mam Candy (KB Abobo), Manda (JB Hernandez), Morning Breeze (JT Zarate), Sky Hook (JB Cordova), Summer Romance (Val R Dilema) and Temecula (JB Guce) with the champion getting P300,000 and runner-up P112,500, third P62,500 and fourth P25,000, respectively, with P15,000 to the breeder of the winning horse.
Freeze them out, send them off on a long journey to find a sky hook or tartan paint.
We've all heard the numerous stories about fresh behind the ears apprentices being sent for tins of tartan paint or a long stand, a bucket of steam, a left-handed screwdriver or a sky hook.
Some framing guns have factory-installed rafter hooks, but you can still upgrade your favorite framer with a Sky Hook from Gunook Products.
NBA star Kobe Bryant, whose height is about eight-tenths of a mile, would have an unstoppable sky hook.
1 overall pick in the 1979 draft, the Lakers hoped to meld the stoicism and efficiency of Abdul-Jabbar, who at 7 feet 2 inches, had developed an unstoppable offensive weapon in his sky hook, with the swagger and flash of the young man nicknamed "Magic" because of his no-look passes am court flair.
Lakers fans finally got their revenge in 1985 when Magic Johnson's sky hook helped the Lakers beat the Celtics for the first time.
So I reminded them about Kareem and the sky hook," Mink said.
Abdul-Jabbar's victory sprint down the court after sinking the backbreaking sky hook near the end of the decisive Game 6 sent Lakers fans into a frenzied celebration.
Other features include a sky hook clip, a rubber-covered hand grip for non-slip, comfortable contact and a multi-directional exhaust port that rotates 360[degrees].