• 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
    • v hoop bind or fasten with a hoop "hoop vats"
    • n hoop horizontal circular metal hoop supporting a net through which players try to throw the basketball
    • n hoop a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling "there was still a rusty iron hoop for tying a horse"
    • n hoop a light curved skeleton to spread out a skirt
    • n hoop a small arch used as croquet equipment
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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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In August 1999, Lori Lynn Lomeli set a record by spinning 82 Hula Hoops at the same time for three full revolutions
    • Hoop 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. "Though stiff with hoops , and armed with ribs of whale."
    • Hoop 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.
    • Hoop 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.
    • Hoop A ring; a circular band; anything resembling a hoop, as the cylinder (cheese hoop) in which the curd is pressed in making cheese.
    • Hoop A shout; a whoop, as in whooping cough.
    • Hoop An old measure of capacity, variously estimated at from one to four pecks.
    • Hoop (Zoöl) The hoopoe. See Hoopoe.
    • Hoop To bind or fasten with hoops; as, to hoop a barrel or puncheon.
    • Hoop To call by a shout or peculiar cry.
    • Hoop To clasp; to encircle; to surround.
    • Hoop To drive or follow with a shout. "To be hooped out of Rome."
    • Hoop To utter a loud cry, or a sound imitative of the word, by way of call or pursuit; to shout.
    • Hoop To whoop, as in whooping cough. See Whoop.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: More than 3000 years ago children played with circular hoops made with grape vines. This toy was swung around the waist. Years later this toy was made by company called Wham-O and the Hula-Hoop was invented in 1958
    • n hoop A circular band or flattened ring of wood, metal, or other material; especially, a band of wood or metal used to confine the staves of casks, tubs, etc., or for any similar purpose; also, that part of a finger-ring which surrounds the finger, as distinguished from the chaton.
    • n hoop A large ring of wood or iron for a child to trundle.
    • n hoop A circular band of stiff material serving to expand the skirt of a woman's dress: often used, either in the singular or in the plural, for the skirt itself so expanded. The hoop or hoopskirt was evolved from the farthingale of the sixteenth century. (See farthingale.) The time of its greatest extravagance was the middle of the eighteenth century, when the bell-shaped skirt was expanded to enormous dimensions by hoops. At a later time the hoop consisted of two separate structures, one over each hip, the two being held together by a girdle. The use of hoops continued with some intermissions till about 1820. About 1852 skirts began to be expanded again by the use of crinoline petticoats (see crinoline), for which were afterward substituted underskirts (called hoop-skirts) with a series of hoops, at first of ratan and whalebone and afterward of fiat flexible steel, which at times were nearly as large as those of a century earlier. They went out of use again about 1870.
    • n hoop Something resembling a hoop; anything circular: technically applied in botany to the overlapping edge of one of the valves of the frustule of the Diatomaceæ.
    • n hoop A certain quantity of drink, up to the first hoop on a quart pot (which was formerly bound with hoops like a barrel).
    • n hoop An old English measure of capacity, variously estimated at from 1 to 4 pecks.
    • n hoop The casing inclosing a pair of millstones; also, a reinforcing band about one of the stones.
    • hoop To bind or fasten with a hoop or with hoops; provide with a hoop: as, to hoop a barrel or puncheon.
    • hoop To clasp; encircle; surround.
    • n hoop Same as whoop.
    • n hoop Same as hoopoe.
    • n hoop A bullfinch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wham-O manufactured twenty-thousand hula-hoops a day at the peak of hula-hoop popularity in 1958
    • n Hoop hōōp a pliant strip of wood or metal formed into a ring or band, for holding together the staves of casks, &c.: something resembling such: a large ring of wood or metal for a child to trundle: a ring:
    • v.t Hoop to bind with hoops: to encircle
    • v.i Hoop hōōp to call out
    • n Hoop hōōp (pl.) elastic materials used to expand the skirt of a lady's dress
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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    “I can do something else besides stuff a ball through a hoop. My biggest resource is my mind.”


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


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. houpen,; cf. F. houper, to hoop, to shout; -- a hunting term, prob. fr. houp, an interj. used in calling. Cf. Whoop
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hóp; Dut. hoep.


In literature:

One day, all the children of the neighborhood decided to form a hoop-rolling club.
"All About Johnnie Jones" by Carolyn Verhoeff
He had stretched the canvas so tightly across the hoops that they were bent to an oval shape.
"The Scientific American Boy" by A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
By accident the hoop was turned from its right course, and broke down a part of Edgar's house.
"Wreaths of Friendship" by T. S. Arthur and F. C. Woodworth
For this reason I have not only taught him to dance, but also to jump through hoops and through frames covered with paper.
"Pinocchio" by C. Collodi
Then Bunny and Sue jumped from some carpenter horses, through hoops that were covered with paper pasted over them, just like in a real circus.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Playing Circus" by Laura Lee Hope
While dancing within the hoop each girl has to wave her arms vigorously and cry, "Flax, grow," or words to that effect.
"Ancient Art and Ritual" by Jane Ellen Harrison
In the old method a semi-circular hoop of rattan is used in place of the bait stick above.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
The earliest form of apparatus used to any considerable extent was the hoop net.
"The Lobster Fishery of Maine." by John N. Cobb
Many were swearing friendship, and exchanging names with us, in hopes of getting hoop-iron.
"Adventures in New Guinea" by James Chalmers
She wears a scarlet and yellow turban, and huge gold hoops in her ears.
"Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People" by Constance D'Arcy Mackay

In poetry:

Ye virgins dressed in satin hoops,
Ye martyrs slain for mortal weal,
Look kindly down! before you stoops
The miserablest man in Lille.
"Titmarsh’s Carmen Lilliense" by William Makepeace Thackeray
And, as my own grandson rides on my knee
Or plays with his hoop or kite,--
I can well recollect I was merry as he--
The bright-eyed little wight!
"The Song Of Seventy" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
You marshal a steel-and-silken troop,
Your cressets are fed with spices,
And you batter the world like a rolling hoop
To the goal of your proud devices.
"The Retort Discourteous" by Stephen Vincent Benet
And their tank ears hung in loops,
And were well
Loaded down with rings in groups,
Blocks of wood, and things like scoops,
and their noses shone with hoops
Made of shell.
"Wrecked Illusions" by Victor James Daley
And, haply, when the evening droops
Her amber eyelids in the west,
Here one might hear the swish of hoops,
Or catch the glint of hat or vest,
As two dim lovers past him pressed.
"A Street Of Ghosts" by Madison Julius Cawein
Did we prohibit swillin’ tea clean out of common-sense
Or legislate on gossipin’ across a backyard fence?
Did we prohibit bustles—or the hoops when they was here?
The wimin never think of this—they want to stop our beer.
"Here's Luck" by Henry Lawson

In news:

2 top college hoops games aboard ships called off.
Breunig Officially Signs LOI With Maryland Hoops.
KTTN/KGOZ Sports: Trenton JV hoops teams sweep Marceline .
Nadia Taylor Added To Women's Hoops Roster.
Baylor's hoops troops get taste of military training .
'Mormon Yankees' is story of hoops and missionary work in Australia.
She wore new hoop earrings and a pair of white mittens , an early Christmas gift from her parents.
Age limit for Olympic hoops must be multilateral .
Phys ed teacher Diana Zwirn of Public School 114 in Rockaway goes to the hoop with students.
Women's hoops: Paris up for Naismith .
In Beijing, it was American-born basketball players Becky Hammon and J.R. Holden playing hoops for Russia.
Veteran assistant Nestor joins Navy hoops staff.
Gail Force starts lobster hoop- netting trips.
One of the biggest stars of Cirque du Soleil's Quidam cannot fold into a pretzel while dangling from a silken rope or pivot through hoops while defying gravity.
NSU Men's Hoops vs DSU.

In science:

In this case 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.
Some properties of generalized connections in quantum gravity
Let us fix a unique edge ex ∈ Hom [x0 , x] for each x ∈ Σ, ex0 being the trivial hoop.
Some properties of generalized connections in quantum gravity
This in turn generates a magnetic force (“hoop stress”) directed toward the axis, that can collimate the flow.
Jet rotation: launching region, angular momentum balance and magnetic properties in the bipolar outflow from RW Aur
In a study of the complex of ultraviolet filaments in the starb urst-driven halos of NGC 0253 and M82 Hoopes et al. concluded that the UV luminosities in the halo are too high to be provided by continuum and line emission from shock-heated or photoionized gas except perhaps in the brightest filaments in M82.
GALEX: Galaxy Evolution Explorer
We point out that the collimation of the large scale outflow is not due to the initially uniform field which extends to infinity but rather to the dynamically built up field structure which provides hoop stresses to confine the outflow.
Outflows and Jets from Collapsing Magnetized Cloud Cores