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hop 1

 (hŏp)
v. hopped, hop·ping, hops
v.intr.
1.
a. To move with light bounding skips or leaps.
b. Informal To move quickly or be busily active: The shipping department is hopping this week.
2. To jump on one foot or with both feet at the same time.
3. To make a quick trip, especially in an airplane.
4. To travel or move often from place to place. Often used in combination: party-hop.
v.tr.
1. To move over by hopping: hop a ditch two feet wide.
2. Informal To get on (a train) surreptitiously in order to ride without paying a fare: hop a freight train.
n.
1.
a. A light springy jump or leap, especially on one foot or with both feet at the same time.
b. A rebound: The ball took a bad hop.
2. Informal A dance or dance party.
3.
a. A short distance.
b. A short trip, especially by air.
4. A free ride; a lift.
Idioms:
hop, skip, and (a) jump
A short distance.
hop to it
To begin an activity or a task quickly and energetically.

[Middle English hoppen, from Old English hoppian.]

hop 2

 (hŏp)
n.
1. A twining vine (Humulus lupulus) having lobed leaves and green female flowers arranged in conelike spikes.
2. hops The dried female inflorescences of this plant, containing a bitter aromatic oil. They are used in brewing to inhibit bacterial growth and to add the characteristic bitter taste to beer.
3. Slang Opium.
tr.v. hopped, hop·ping, hops
To flavor with hops.
Phrasal Verb:
hop up Slang
1. To increase the power or energy of: hop up a car.
2. To stimulate with or as if with a narcotic.

[Middle English hoppe, from Middle Dutch.]

hop′py adj.

HOP

abbr.
high oxygen pressure

hopping

(ˈhɒpɪŋ)
n
1. the action of a person or animal that hops
2. dialect Tyneside a fair, esp (the Hoppings) an annual fair in Newcastle
adj
hopping mad in a terrible rage

hop•ping

(ˈhɒp ɪŋ)

adj.
active or busy.
Idioms:
hopping mad, furious.
[1665–75]

Hopping

 of frogs: company of frogs—New York Times, 1983.
References in classic literature ?
This filled the poor fellow with fear, and in hopping out of Toto's reach he suddenly lost his balance and tumbled heel over head upon the floor.
But if you was to go to Europe you'd see a raft of 'em hopping around.
Shucks, I only meant you'd SEE 'em -- not hopping, of course -- what do they want to hop for?
A KANGAROO hopping awkwardly along with some bulky object concealed in her pouch met a Zebra, and desirous of keeping his attention upon himself, said:
In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content.
You'll find plenty to eat there," declared the kangaroo, hopping along in big bounds because the Sawhorse was going so fast; "and they have a fine cook, too, if you can manage to put him together.
We brew with hops that are unfamiliar to us, and the single-hop style lets us bring the most out of the hop, experiencing the full range of flavor possible in brewing and dry hopping the beer," Floyd says.
4 : to get on, in, or aboard by or as if by hopping <Quick, hop the bus.
In the past few months, each group has unveiled a prototype of what it intends to develop into a new generation of hopping robots.
Intrusic, the first and only security software company to specifically target the insider threat, today announced the second part of its "Inside the Insider Threat" educational initiative that explores one of the most prevalent methods hackers use to infiltrate corporate networks--Island Hopping.
Now, with our Key Hopping technology, wireless LAN users can rest easy knowing their data is secure.