hoop: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (hp, hoop), [key]
— n.
  1. a circular band or ring of metal, wood, or other stiff material.
  2. such a band for holding together the staves of a cask, tub, etc.
  3. a large ring of iron, wood, plastic, etc., used as a plaything for a child to roll along the ground.
  4. a circular or ringlike object, part, figure, etc.
  5. the shank of a finger ring.
  6. a wicket.
  7. a circular band of stiff material used to expand and display a woman's skirt.
  8. See
    1. the metal ring from which the net is suspended; rim.
    2. the metal ring and net taken together; the basket.
    3. the game of basketball.
  9. a decorative band, as around a mug or cup.
  10. See
  1. to bind or fasten with or as if with a hoop or hoops.
  2. to encircle; surround.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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