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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.]
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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
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References in classic literature ?
"Oughtn't to be allowed to bowl hoops! My dear Ralph, what nonsense!"
James's Park, as their hoops tell me, and she ought to look crushed and faded.
You took five iron arches, like gigantic croquet hoops, and fitted them up over the boat, and then stretched the canvas over them, and fastened it down: it would take quite ten minutes, we thought.
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.
Here am I, with one foot in the grave; and the most serious question before me at the present moment is, Shall I get through the Hoops?"
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.
"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."
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.
The church had a slender-spired dome that rounded inward at its base, and looked like a turnip turned upside down, and the hackman seemed to be dressed in a long petticoat with out any hoops. These things were essentially foreign, and so were the carriages --but every body knows about these things, and there is no occasion for my describing them.
He often played ships at the Round Pond, but his ship was only a hoop which he had found on the grass.
It is hooped round with a hollow cylinder of adamant, four feet yards in diameter, placed horizontally, and supported by eight adamantine feet, each six yards high.
In his hand he bore a brass hoop. He glared at the stranger in evident surprise.