hook

Definitions

  • Using the Block-Plane and Bench-Hook
    Using the Block-Plane and Bench-Hook
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hook approach with an offer of sexual favors "he was solicited by a prostitute","The young man was caught soliciting in the park"
    • v hook entice and trap "The car salesman had snared three potential customers"
    • v hook secure with the foot "hook the ball"
    • v hook to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)
    • v hook fasten with a hook
    • v hook catch with a hook "hook a fish"
    • v hook hit with a hook "His opponent hooked him badly"
    • v hook hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left
    • v hook make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle "She sat there crocheting all day"
    • v hook make off with belongings of others
    • v hook rip off; ask an unreasonable price
    • v hook take by theft "Someone snitched my wallet!"
    • n hook a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket
    • n hook a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
    • n hook a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer "he took lessons to cure his hooking"
    • n hook a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something
    • n hook a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
    • n hook a catch for locking a door
    • n hook anything that serves as an enticement
    • n hook a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Bench-Hook Bench-Hook
A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise or lower the pot A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise...
A few kitchen utensils and accessories excavated at Jamestown: a ladle, brass pan, knife blades, fork, kettle fragments, spout, colander fragments, and pot hooks A few kitchen utensils and accessories excavated at Jamestown: a ladle, brass pan, knife blades, fork, kettle...
Mr. Laurence hooked up a big fish Mr. Laurence hooked up a big fish
Hooked Seeds Hooked Seeds
Berberis Darwinii, Hook Berberis Darwinii, Hook
Ceanothus Veitchianus, Hook Ceanothus Veitchianus, Hook
Spiræa Douglasi, Hook Spiræa Douglasi, Hook

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1902, the coat hanger was invented Albert Parkhouse who was frustrated at the lack of hooks available to hang up his coat at work. His company thought it was a good idea and patented the invention and unfortunately, Parkhouse never received any money for his idea
    • Hook A field sown two years in succession.
    • Hook A piece of metal, or other hard material, formed or bent into a curve or at an angle, for catching, holding, or sustaining anything; as, a hook for catching fish; a hook for fastening a gate; a boat hook, etc.
    • Hook (Computers) A procedure within the encoding of a computer program which allows the user to modify the program so as to import data from or export data to other programs.
    • Hook A snare; a trap.
    • Hook (Geog) A spit or narrow cape of sand or gravel turned landward at the outer end; as, Sandy Hook in New Jersey.
    • Hook An implement for cutting grass or grain; a sickle; an instrument for cutting or lopping; a billhook. "Like slashing Bentley with his desperate hook ."
    • Hook (Steam Engin) See Eccentric, and V-hook.
    • Hook That part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on which a door or gate hangs and turns.
    • Hook (Sports) The curving motion of a ball, as in bowling or baseball, curving away from the hand which threw the ball; in golf, a curving motion in the direction of the golfer who struck the ball.
    • Hook The projecting points of the thigh bones of cattle; -- called also hook bones.
    • Hook To bend; to curve as a hook.
    • Hook To catch or fasten with a hook or hooks; to seize, capture, or hold, as with a hook, esp. with a disguised or baited hook; hence, to secure by allurement or artifice; to entrap; to catch; as, to hook a dress; to hook a trout. "Hook him, my poor dear, . . . at any sacrifice."
    • Hook To move or go with a sudden turn; "Duncan was wounded, and the escort hooked it."
    • Hook To seize or pierce with the points of the horns, as cattle in attacking enemies; to gore.
    • Hook To steal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Among primitive people the soul normally is said to escape through the mouth or nose. In the Celebes, when a person is very sick, his friends will often attach fish hooks in certain places. If the soul tries to escape, it gets hooked.
    • n hook A curved or angular piece of metal or other firm substance, either separate or forming part of another object, adapted to catch, hold, pull down, or sustain something: as, a fish-hook; the hook of a gate-hinge; a pothook; a crochet-hook; a cotton-hook; a car-hook; the hooks of the teasel.
    • n hook A curved instrument for cutting grass or grain; a sickle, especially one with a broad blade and a smooth edge; an instrument for cutting or lopping.
    • n hook A projecting point or spit of land on the sea- or lake-coast, which ends with a recurved or hook-shaped form: as, Sandy Hook, near New York.
    • n hook In musical notation, a pennant attached to the stem of eighth-notes, sixteenth-notes, etc.: as, Also called flag.
    • n hook One of the projecting points of the thigh-bones of cattle. Also called hook-bone.
    • n hook In ship-building, same as breast-hook.
    • n hook That which catches; a snare; a trap.
    • n hook A catch; an advantage.
    • n hook In agriculture, a field sown two years in succession.
    • n hook Disordered; disturbed; sick.
    • n hook Out of existence; dead.
    • hook To fasten with a hook or hooks; catch or seize with or as if with a hook: as, to hook a trout.
    • hook To attack with the horns; catch on the horns: as, to be hooked by a cow.
    • hook To catch by artifice; entrap; insnare.
    • hook To steal by grasping; catch up and make off with.
    • hook To attach by means of a hook, literally or figuratively.
    • hook To bend; be in or take the form of a hook.
    • hook To become attached by means of a hook, or something resembling a hook: as, a chain that hooks on to the watch.
    • hook To have a habit of attacking with the horns: said of a cow or other horned animal.
    • hook To turn away; depart; decamp: now (transitively) with an indefinite it, as a slang phrase.
    • hook [That is, ‘All the heap (fleet) together hooked out of haven, had the wind at their back.’]
    • n hook In golf: The angle of the face of a club when it lies in to the ball.
    • n hook A ball played with a distinct curve to the left.
    • n hook In cricket, the hook-stroke (which see).
    • n hook A curved or angled line added to a written or printed letter, or forming apart of it, or, as in phonography, used as a distinct symbol.
    • n hook In well-boring, a fishing-tool in the form of a horizontally curved hook which engages the shoulder of rods or tools that may have become unscrewed.
    • hook In golf, to play (a ball) so that it curves more or less to the left.
    • hook In cricket, to hit (the ball) to the ‘on’ side with a horizontal bat, after stepping back: said of the batsman.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Alexander Graham Bell Was working on the telephone in 1876, he spilled battery acid on his pants and called out to his assistant, "Watson, please come here. I want you." Watson, who was on another floor, heard the call through the instrument he was hooking up, and ran to Bell's room. Bell's words became the first ever successfully communicated using a telephone.
    • n Hook hook a piece of metal bent into a curve, so as to catch or hold anything: a snare: an advantageous hold: a curved instrument for cutting grain: a spit of land projecting into the sea, ending in a hook-shaped form
    • v.t Hook to catch or hold with a hook: to draw as with a hook: to ensnare:
    • v.i Hook to bend: to be curved
    • v.t Hook (golf) to drive a ball widely to the left—also Draw
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Quotations

  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “Let your hook always be cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be a fish.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “Luck affects everything. Let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it there will be a fish.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Without grace beauty is an unabated hook.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “Always have your hook baited, in the pool you least think, there will be a fish.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Opportunity is ever worth expecting; let your hook be ever hanging ready, the fish will be in the pool where you least imagine it to be.”

Idioms

By hook or by crook - If you are prepared to do something by hook or by crook, you are willing to do anything, good or bad, to reach your goal.
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Hook, line, and sinker - If somebody accepts or believes something hook, line, and sinker, they accept it completely.
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Hooked - You're hooked when you're obsessed with or addicted to something.
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Off the hook - If someone is off the hook, they have avoided punishment or criticism for something they have done.
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On the hook - If someone is on the hook, they are responsible for something.
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Sling your hook - This is used as a way of telling someone to leave or go away.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hok, AS. hōc,; cf. D. haak, G. hake, haken, OHG. hāko, hāgo, hāggo, Icel. haki, Sw. hake, Dan. hage,. Cf. Arquebuse Hagbut Hake Hatch a half door, Heckle

Usage

In literature:

He then speedily hooked a second rope to the wall and dropped it down.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
Hooks are exclusively used, and no nets or other fishing implements.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
You may get in first, and take that boat-hook forward.
"The Boat Club" by Oliver Optic
Soon he felt something huge on his hook.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
She tucked her head into the hook of her arm and sobbed.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
The pole had an iron hook in the end of it.
"Forests of Maine" by Jacob S. Abbott
As for the captain's hook, he is resourcefulness itself.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks
Her hook was going to be quite a problem, I realized, but we needn't come to it right away.
"The Night of the Long Knives" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
With the shave hook, shave the end of the pipe that has been fitted into the brass ferrule.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
It had an iron hook at the end, and it was the kind of pole that the men used to catch driftwood with and drag it ashore.
"Boy Life" by William Dean Howells
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In poetry:

Sword in length a reaping-hook amain
Harald sheared his field, blood up to shank:
'Mid the swathes of slain,
First at moonrise drank.
"King Harald's Trance" by George Meredith
No strife shall vex Messiah's reign,
Or mar the peaceful years,
To ploughshares soon they beat their swords,
To pruning-hooks their spears.
"Hymn V. Behold! the mountain of the Lord" by John Logan
Come live with me and be my love,
And we will some new pleasures prove
Of golden sands and crystal brooks,
With silken lines and silver hooks.
"The Bait" by John Donne
David sang to his hook-nosed harp:
"The Lord God is a jealous God!
His violent vengeance is swift and sharp!
And the Lord is King above all gods!
"King David" by Stephen Vincent Benet
With spears, from stone or iv'ry, wrought,
Or hooks, ingenious made of bone,
He stores from out the waters brought,
Nor look'd for forest gifts, alone.
"The Indian" by Thomas Frederick Young
Whene'er thou goest from thy room, beware,
Lest thou shou'dst fall into some latent snare;
For Satan ever seeks, to hook thee in,
And tempt thee to commit some mortal sin.
"A Warning To Guard, Whilst It Is Yet Day, Against The Assaults Of The World, The Flesh, And The Devi" by Rees Prichard

In news:

JAKES hopes to hook youth VIDEO.
Published November 13, 2003 in issue #0245 of the Hook.
Unless you are hooked on chasing Canada goose, it is hard to explain the enthusiasm for hunting that starts to develop in late summer.
Published January 23, 2003, in issue 0203 of the Hook.
Sugar Hook Confections is taking over the old Music Box Cafe at 308 East Girard Avenue.
Double-crested cormorants are black, sturdily built birds with long hooked bills, long necks and an orange throat pouch.
Back to The HooK front page NEWS- Hot makeover: Coughing up $50 million for heat.
Published October 2, 2003, in issue #0239 of The Hook.
Published November 13, 2003 in issue #0245 of The Hook.
Says hook, not shovel, needed for the work.
After two second places in a row at the Red Hook Crit, the author takes the win.
At the Red Hook Crit, a Russian Bike Messenger Wins Again.
At the Red Hook Crit, It's Anyone's Race.
Stuart Andrews of ArkAnglers in Buena Vista hooks into a fish in Hancock Lake in July 2012.
Published August 26, 2004 in issue 0334 of the Hook.
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In science:

GarsH] Garsia, A., and Haiman, M., A random q , t-hook walk and a sum of Pieri coefficients, . J.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
The entry is a hook which the event generators can use to translate into their own scheme, or use in print statements (e.g. so that cross section information can be shown per process).
Generic User Process Interface for Event Generators
Let λ be a multipartition and for each node x = (i, j, s) ∈ [λ] let rx ⊆ [λ] be the corresponding rim hook (so rx is a rim hook in [λ(s) ]); then [λ] \ rx is the diagram of a multipartition.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
For that consider the subposet YN of Young’s lattice induced by the Young diagrams whose (largest) hook lengths are at most N − 1.
Abelian ideals in a Borel subalgebra of a complex simple Lie algebra
For any square e ∈ η , denote by h(e) its hook length.
A Conjecture on Hodge Integrals
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