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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive)


Noun hoop has 4 senses

Verb hoop has 1 sense


hoopn. [OE. hope; akin to D. hoep, hoepel.].
  •  A pliant strip of wood or metal bent in a circular form, and united at the ends, for holding together the staves of casks, tubs, etc.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A ring; a circular band; anything resembling a hoop, as the cylinder (cheese hoop) in which the curd is pressed in making cheese.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A circle, or combination of circles, of thin whalebone, metal, or other elastic material, used for expanding the skirts of ladies' dresses; crinoline; -- used chiefly in the plural.  [1913 Webster]
    "Though stiff with hoops, and armed with ribs of whale."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A quart pot; -- so called because originally bound with hoops, like a barrel. Also, a portion of the contents measured by the distance between the hoops.  [1913 Webster]
  •  An old measure of capacity, variously estimated at from one to four pecks.  Halliwell.  [1913 Webster]
Bulge hoop, Chine hoop, Quarter hoop, the hoop nearest the middle of a cask, that nearest the end, and the intermediate hoop between these two, respectively. -- Flat hoop, a wooden hoop dressed flat on both sides. -- Half-round hoop, a wooden hoop left rounding and undressed on the outside. -- Hoop iron, iron in thin narrow strips, used for making hoops. -- Hoop lock, the fastening for uniting the ends of wooden hoops by notching and interlocking them. -- Hoop skirt, a framework of hoops for expanding the skirts of a woman's dress; -- called also hoop petticoat. -- Hoop snake (Zoöl.), a harmless snake of the Southern United States (Abaster erythrogrammus); -- so called from the mistaken notion that it curves itself into a hoop, taking its tail into its mouth, and rolls along with great velocity. -- Hoop tree (Bot.), a small West Indian tree (Melia sempervirens), of the Mahogany family.
hoopv. t. 
  •  To bind or fasten with hoops; as, to hoop a barrel or puncheon.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To clasp; to encircle; to surround.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
hoopv. i. [OE. houpen; cf. F. houper to hoop, to shout; -- a hunting term, prob. fr. houp, an interj. used in calling. Cf. Whoop.].
  •  To utter a loud cry, or a sound imitative of the word, by way of call or pursuit; to shout.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To whoop, as in whooping cough. See Whoop.  [1913 Webster]
Hooping cough. (Med.) See Whooping cough.
hoopv. t. [Written also whoop.].
  •  To drive or follow with a shout.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To call by a shout or peculiar cry.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A shout; a whoop, as in whooping cough.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The hoopoe. See Hoopoe.  [1913 Webster]


hoop, n. & v.
1 a circular band of metal, wood, etc., esp. for binding the staves of casks etc. or for forming part of a framework.
2 a a ring bowled along by a child. b a large ring usu. with paper stretched over it for circus performers to jump through.
3 an arch of iron etc. through which the balls are hit in croquet.
4 hist. a a circle of flexible material for expanding a woman's petticoat or skirt. b (in full hoop petticoat) a petticoat expanded with this.
5 a a band in contrasting colour on a jockey's blouse, sleeves, or cap. b Austral. colloq. a jockey.
1 bind with a hoop or hoops.
2 encircle with or as with a hoop.

be put (or go) through the hoop (or hoops) undergo an ordeal. hoop-iron iron in long thin strips for binding casks etc. hoop-la
1 Brit. a game in which rings are thrown in an attempt to encircle one of various prizes.
2 sl. commotion.
3 sl. pretentious nonsense.
hoop, var. of WHOOP.



anklet, armlet, band, belt, bracelet, cincture, cingulum, collar, collarband, earring, ecliptic, equator, fascia, fillet, finger ring, girdle, girt, girth, great circle, neckband, necklace, nose ring, quoit, ring, wristband, wristlet, zodiac, zone




N circularity, roundness, rotundity, circle, circlet, ring, areola, hoop, roundlet, annulus, annulet, bracelet, armlet, ringlet, eye, loop, wheel, cycle, orb, orbit, rundle, zone, belt, cordon, band, contrate wheel, crown wheel, hub, nave, sash, girdle, cestus, cincture, baldric, fillet, fascia, wreath, garland, crown, corona, coronet, chaplet, snood, necklace, collar, noose, lasso, lassoo, ellipse, oval, ovule, ellipsoid, cycloid, epicycloid, epicycle, semicircle, quadrant, sextant, sector, sphere, round, rounded, circular, annular, orbicular, oval, ovate, elliptic, elliptical, egg-shaped, pear-shaped, cycloidal, spherical, I watched the little circles die.


VB cry, roar, shout, bawl, brawl, halloo, halloa, hoop, whoop, yell, bellow, howl, scream, screech, screak, shriek, shrill, squeak, squeal, squall, whine, pule, pipe, yaup, cheer, hoot, grumble, moan, groan, snore, snort, grunt, vociferate, raise up the voice, lift up the voice, call out, sing out, cry out, exclaim, rend the air, thunder at the top of one's voice, shout at the top of one's voice, shout at the pitch of one's breath, thunder at the pitch of one's breath, s'_egosiller, strain the throat, strain the voice, strain the lungs, give a cry.

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