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a circular band of metal, wood, or other stiff material; the metal ring from which a basketball net is suspended; rim
Not to be confused with:
whoop – a loud cry or shout, as of excitement or joy; to cry as an owl or a crane
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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.
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, hoopsIdiom:
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.]
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1. (Tools) a rigid circular band of metal or wood
2. something resembling this
a. a band of iron that holds the staves of a barrel or cask together
b. (as modifier): hoop iron.
4. a child's toy shaped like a hoop and rolled on the ground or whirled around the body
5. (Croquet) croquet any of the iron arches through which the ball is driven
6. (Clothing & Fashion)
a. a light curved frame to spread out a skirt
b. (as modifier): a hoop skirt; a hoop petticoat.
7. (Basketball) basketball the round metal frame to which the net is attached to form the basket
8. a large ring through which performers or animals jump
9. (Jewellery) jewellery
a. an earring consisting of one or more circles of metal, plastic, etc
b. the part of a finger ring through which the finger fits
10. (Horse Racing) informal Austral a jockey
11. go through the hoop be put through the hoop to be subjected to an ordeal
(tr) to surround with or as if with a hoop
[Old English hōp; related to Dutch hoep, Old Norse hōp bay, Lithuanian kabẽ hook]
a variant spelling of whoop
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a rigid circular band or ring, as of metal or wood.
2. such a band for holding together the staves of a cask, tub, etc.
3. a large ring, as of metal or plastic, serving as a toy for a child to roll along the ground.
4. a circular or ringlike object, part, or figure.
5. the shank of a finger ring.
6. a croquet wicket.
a. a circular band of metal or other stiff material used to expand a woman's skirt.
b. Usu., hoops. hoop skirt (def. 1).
a. the metal ring from which a basketball net is suspended, or the ring and net together.
b. Often, hoops. the game of basketball.
9. to bind or fasten with or as if with a hoop.
10. to encircle; surround.
[1125–75; Middle English hop(e), late Old English hōp, c. Old Frisian hōp, Middle Dutch hoop]
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Past participle: hooped
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|Noun||1.||hoop - a light curved skeleton to spread out a skirt|
farthingale - a hoop worn beneath a skirt to extend it horizontally; worn by European women in the 16th and 17th centuries
pannier - set of small hoops used to add fullness over the hips
|2.||hoop - 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"|
band - a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)
carabiner, karabiner, snap ring - an oblong metal ring with a spring clip; used in mountaineering to attach a rope to a piton or to connect two ropes
collar - a short ring fastened over a rod or shaft to limit, guide, or secure a machine part
curtain ring - a circular ring for holding up a curtain
key ring - a circular ring of metal for holding keys
napkin ring - a circular band used to hold a particular person's napkin
nose ring - a ring worn on the nose as an ornament or on the nose of an animal to control it
rim - the outer part of a wheel to which the tire is attached
rim - (basketball) the hoop from which the net is suspended; "the ball hit the rim and bounced off"
tire, tyre - hoop that covers a wheel; "automobile tires are usually made of rubber and filled with compressed air"
towel ring - a circular hoop for holding a towel
wagon wheel - a wheel of a wagon
|3.||hoop - a small arch used as croquet equipment|
croquet equipment - sports equipment used in playing croquet
|4.||hoop - horizontal circular metal hoop supporting a net through which players try to throw the basketball|
basketball equipment - sports equipment used in playing basketball
goal - game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points
|Verb||1.||hoop - bind or fasten with a hoop; "hoop vats"|
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noun ring, band, loop, wheel, round, girdle, circlet For hand sewing, use an embroidery hoop to keep the fabric taut.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
hoop[huːp] N (gen) → aro m, argolla f; [of barrel] → fleje m; (= croquet hoop) → argolla f
to put sb through the hoop → hacer pasar penas a algn
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
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n → Reifen m; (in croquet) → Tor nt; (in basketball) → Korb m; (on bird’s plumage) → Kranz m; (on animal) → Ring m; (= earring) → Creole f; to jump through hoops (fig inf) → sich (dat) → ein Bein ausreißen (inf); they put him through or made him jump through hoops (fig) → sie haben ihn auf Herz und Nieren geprüft
vt barrel → bereifen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
hoop[huːp] n (gen) → cerchio; (for skirt) → guardinfante m; (croquet hoop) → archetto
to put sb through the hoops (fig) → mettere qn sotto il torchio
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a thin ring of metal, wood etc. At the circus we saw a dog jumping through a hoop. hoepel طَوْق رَقيق обръч arco obruč der Reifen tøndebånd στεφάνηaro võru حلقه vanne cerceauחישוק छल्ला, चक्करदार पट्टी obruc, kolut karika simpai gjörð cerchio 輪 (금속, 나무 등으로 만든) 테, 고리 lankas, žiedas stīpa gelung hoepelring, bøyle, tønnebåndkoło, obręcz کړی arco inel, cerc обруч obruč obroč obruč tunnband, ring ห่วง çember, kasnak 箍, 鐵環 обруч, обід دھات کی گول پتری vòng xiếc 箍，铁环
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