hoops

Definitions

  • A 17th-century lime kiln excavated at Jamestown. In it oyster shells from the James River were burned for making lime. The iron hoops which supported the arched top of the kiln buckled from the intense heat
    A 17th-century lime kiln excavated at Jamestown. In it oyster shells from the James River were burned for making lime. The iron hoops which supported the arched top of the kiln buckled from the intense heat
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hoops 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
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A dog jumps through a hoop and forms a letter Q A dog jumps through a hoop and forms a letter Q

Quotations

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    “I can do something else besides stuff a ball through a hoop. My biggest resource is my mind.”

Idioms

Jump through hoops - If you are prepared to jump through hoops for someone, you are prepared to make great efforts and sacrifices for them.
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Usage

In literature:

The woman had no hoops nor shoes, and a shawl wound about her neck and one end thrown over her head, was a substitute bonnet.
"Death Valley in '49" by William Lewis Manly
In another type of the game the hoop is of stone; the lance is associated with this kind of hoop.
"Indian Games and Dances with Native Songs" by Alice C. Fletcher
Some of our men went into the inside of this idol, and hooped and hallooed, which made an exceeding great noise.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume IX." by Robert Kerr
Then slipping hoops over the plant he nailed these hoops to the stakes.
"The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming." by Ellen Eddy Shaw
Woods for cooperage, including staves, headings, and wooden hoops.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Volume IX." by Benjamin Harrison
The child would fain have carried away the whole shop, and had pestered her mother to buy her a hoop.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
I guess I'll teach you first to ride a pony, or a dog, and then jump through paper hoops.
"Mappo, the Merry Monkey" by Richard Barnum
People stole hoops and poached for hoops, and bought, and sold, and speculated in hoops.
"In the Catskills" by John Burroughs
The blacksmith was swinging along the road, with a hoop over his shoulder.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
Again, others leap, but miss the hoop.
"Norse Tales and Sketches" by Alexander Lange Kielland
When the whole is thoroughly well mixed together, we must bake it in a tin, or mould, or hoop.
"Cassell's Vegetarian Cookery" by A. G. Payne
The bases of the thorns were nipped between the hoops; and their points radiated towards the centre.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
That same shock drove Gilles de Gurdun back among his people, and the same found Jehane caged in a hoop of steel.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
In constructing, for instance, the essence of a circle, I may have started from a hoop.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Pails with iron hoops are the best, and, eventually, the cheapest.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
Again he found a young man standing where they were shooting through a hoop.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
Dis hogshead had two or three hoops 'round it.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Mrs. Noble, my neighbor worked all day to make a hoop skirt.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
They tried to snatch the hoop from each other with the hook.
"Little Folks" by Various
The smaller hoop is adapted only to expert players; it is well to begin with a hoop the size of a barrel hoop.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
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In poetry:

TOMMY--
Well, Billy, he's
Got a tight-rope an' trapeze,
An' a hoop 'at he jumps through
Head-first!
"The Rivals; Or The Showman's Ruse" by James Whitcomb Riley
In dim samite was she bedight,
And on her hair a hoop of gold,
Like fox-fire in the tawn moonlight,
Was glimmering cold.
"Morgan le Fay" by Madison Julius Cawein
De hoop, de vrees, de zoete smart,
't Is al voorbij als droombedrog:
Slechts klinkt aan mijn gestorven hart
De keten nog!
"Byrons Zwanenzang" by Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate
Up and down the garden-paths they race,
In the yellow sunshine,
Each with a big round hoop
White as a stripped willow-wand.
"A Roxbury Garden" by Amy Lowell
The boy with whip and top and drum,
The girl with hoop and doll,
And men with lands and houses, ask
The question of Poor Poll.
"The Common Question" by John Greenleaf Whittier
a Poet's statue was in the park
children would roll their hoops
and colorful shouts
birds sat on the Poet's hand
read his silence
"Three Poems" by Zbigniew Herbert

In news:

Photo courtesy of Hoop City Jazz & Art Festival.
On a recent fall afternoon while standing in my neighbor's driveway, she and I both watching our kids play (visualize foam-sword fighting, hoop shooting and bike riding here), a mutual friend stopped by for a visit.
Orange Hoops Really Need's a Kick in the Butt .
These last few weeks of SU Hoops have been about as exciting as watching a curling event at the local veterans lodge.
Gabe Carter drives to the hoop past Klahowya defenders for a score Tuesday evening.
New contest supports city hoop dreams.
The feds busted a stripper charged with extorting former Knick star Mark Jackson by threatening to go public with nude photos of the married and religious hoops figure after their steamy affair.
For Chief Eagle, the hoop dance is more than a dance - it is a way of keeping Lakota traditions alive.
Licorice and hula hoops in one eclectic store.
Mary Jean Dunsdon (aka Watermelon) demonstrates the proper hula-hoop technique.
Got a new hoops blog you think we should see.
View full size "My favorite hoop in #nopo," by @johncarleton from the #nopo hashtag on Twitter.
College hoops polls might be inconsequential noise, but that doesn't mean they're not fun to argue about.
We're sorry that recent Russian émigré Mikhail Prokhorov couldn't sign LeBron James, even though he was rich enough ($13.4 billion) and tall enough (six-foot-eight) to look the hoops star in the eye.
While driving to the hoop, Monroe was poked in the eye by Philadelphia's Spencer Hawes, drawing a foul.
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In science:

The converse of this result is the following lemma, where Hom Γ [x0 , x0 ] denotes the subgroup of the hoops that belong to Γ.
A groupoid approach to spaces of generalized connections
Suppose that an unique arrow γx ∈ Hom [x0 , x] is given for each x ∈ X , γx0 being the trivial hoop.
A groupoid approach to spaces of generalized connections
In the hoop formulation the pro jective family is labeled by certain “tame” subgroups of the hoop group HG ≡ Hom [x0 , x0 ], which are subgroups freely generated by finite sets of independent hoops.
A groupoid approach to spaces of generalized connections
Let us fix a unique edge ex ∈ Hom [x0 , x] for each x ∈ Σ, ex0 being the trivial hoop.
A groupoid approach to spaces of generalized connections
For the case of A/G , a distinguished group of equivalence classes of loops, called the hoop group HG , plays an important role: A/G can in fact be seen as the set of all homomorphisms HG → G, divided by the action of G .
Some properties of generalized connections in quantum gravity
Following Isham, Ashtekar and Lewandowski [3, 4] and Baez , we describe next an equivalence relation in E such that the corresponding set of equivalence classes is a well defined groupoid , generalizing the hoop group .
Some properties of generalized connections in quantum gravity
This group is precisely the so-called hoop group HG , whose elements are equivalence classes of piecewise analytic loops.
Some properties of generalized connections in quantum gravity
Lemma 1 Suppose that an unique arrow γx ∈ Hom [x0 , x] is given for each x ∈ Σ, γx0 being the trivial hoop.
Some properties of generalized connections in quantum gravity
The converse of this result is the following lemma, where Hom Γ [x0 , x0 ] denotes the subgroup of the hoops that belong to Γ.
Some properties of generalized connections in quantum gravity
Suppose that an unique arrow γx ∈ Hom [x0 , x] is given for each x ∈ X , γx0 being the trivial hoop.
Some properties of generalized connections in quantum gravity
This is further supported by Thorne’s hoop conjecture (recently tested in highly dynamical situations ), which predicts BH formation from generic high-energy collisions of particles [308].
Numerical simulations of black-hole binaries and gravitational wave emission
The production of a black hole during particle collision can be easily understood when we accept the hoop conjecture suggested by Thorne in 1972 .
Black holes and the LHC: A review
In this highly magnetized environment, there will be hoop stresses, gradients in magnetic pressure and perhaps in the electron pressure.
Conference Summary: Three Dimensional Explosions
This is because, for instance, the hoop stress is a local property of a field with a mean radius of curvature.
Conference Summary: Three Dimensional Explosions
By this and the study of the obstruction to the existence of regular solution to the Jang equation, they obtain some important results for the existence of black holes in the spirit of the hoop conjecture.
Quasi-local mass and the existence of horizons
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