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 (ho͞op, ho͝op)
1. A circular band of metal or wood put around a cask or barrel to bind the staves together.
2. A large wooden, plastic, or metal ring, especially one used as a plaything or for trained animals to jump through.
3. One of the lightweight circular supports for a hoop skirt.
4. A circular, ringlike earring.
5. One of a pair of circular frames, usually of wood or plastic, used to hold material taut for embroidery or similar needlework.
6. Basketball
a. The basket.
b. A field goal: hit a big hoop.
c. also hoops The game of basketball.
7. Sports A croquet wicket.
tr.v. hooped, hoop·ing, hoops
1. To hold together or support with a hoop.
2. To encircle.
jump/go through the hoop
To undergo a rigorous trial or examination.

[Middle English hop.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hoops - a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 playershoops - a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop
basketball shot - throwing the basketball toward the hoop; "his shot hit the rim and bounced out"
jump shot, jumper - (basketball) a player releases the basketball at the high point of a jump
rebound - the act of securing possession of the rebounding basketball after a missed shot
jump ball - (basketball) the way play begins or resumes when possession is disputed; an official tosses the ball up between two players who jump in an effort to tap it to a teammate
fast break - (basketball) a rapid dash to get a shot as soon as possible after taking possession of the ball
dribbling, dribble - the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks
double dribble - an illegal dribble in basketball (the player uses both hands to dribble or the player starts to dribble a second time after coming to a stop)
court game - an athletic game played on a court
tap-off, tip-off - the act of starting a basketball game with a jump ball
professional basketball - playing basketball for money
assist - (sports) the act of enabling another player to make a good play
basketball play - a play executed by a basketball team
technical foul, technical - (basketball) a foul that can be assessed on a player or a coach or a team for unsportsmanlike conduct; does not usually involve physical contact during play
backboard, basketball backboard - a raised vertical board with basket attached; used to play basketball; "he banked the shot off the backboard"
basketball court - the court on which basketball is played
basketball equipment - sports equipment used in playing basketball
home court - (basketball) the court where the host team plays its home games
rim - (basketball) the hoop from which the net is suspended; "the ball hit the rim and bounced off"
paint, key - (basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court; "he hit a jump shot from the top of the key"; "he dominates play in the paint"
center - (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team
half - one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval
hack - kick on the arms
dunk - make a dunk shot, in basketball; "He dunked the ball"
slam-dunk - make a slam dunk; shoot a basketball in a slam dunk
References in classic literature ?
At the period of our arrival at the Island, the heaviest storage of the Pequod had been almost completed; comprising her beef, bread, water, fuel, and iron hoops and staves.
pointing to the ship; well, that's the figure one; now take all the hoops in the Pequod's hold, and string 'em along in a row with that mast, for oughts, do you see; well, that wouldn't begin to be Fedallah's age.
The frost was working out of the ground, and out of the air, too, and it was getting closer and closer onto barefoot time every day; and next it would be marble time, and next mumbletypeg, and next tops and hoops, and next kites, and then right away it would be summer and going in a-swimming.
We found two in a cupboard, among a heap of old toys, tops, and hoops, and battledores and shuttlecocks.
The accident had happened in getting it out of a cart; the cask had tumbled out with a run, the hoops had burst, and it lay on the stones just outside the door of the wine-shop, shattered like a walnut-shell.
We came to Richmond all too soon, and our destination there, was a house by the Green; a staid old house, where hoops and powder and patches, embroidered coats rolled stockings ruffles and swords, had had their court days many a time.
Suddenly there were fearful squeals; Alexander had squeezed inside the hoops of the pig trough and stuck.
Nay, Sancho," returned Teresa; "marry her to her equal, that is the safest plan; for if you put her out of wooden clogs into high-heeled shoes, out of her grey flannel petticoat into hoops and silk gowns, out of the plain 'Marica' and 'thou,' into 'Dona So-and-so' and 'my lady,' the girl won't know where she is, and at every turn she will fall into a thousand blunders that will show the thread of her coarse homespun stuff.
Virginia's frocks were hung under a shelf where there were three dolls, some hoops, a doll-house, and a basic which she had used.
While Arthur gazed into Hetty's dark beseeching eyes, it made no difference to him what sort of English she spoke; and even if hoops and powder had been in fashion, he would very likely not have been sensible just then that Hetty wanted those signs of high breeding.
The Leather- Stocking struck his spear lightly against the short staff which up held, on a rude grating framed of old hoops of iron, the knots of pine that composed the fuel, and the light, which glared high, for an instant fell on the swarthy features and dark, glancing eyes of Mohegan.
As they pass through this narrow strait, the Indians, standing on the rocks, or on the end of wooden stages projecting from the banks, scoop them up with small nets distended on hoops and attached to long handles, and cast them on the shore.