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Definition of hoop:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. A ring; a circular band; anything resembling a hoop, as the cylinder ( cheese hoop) in which the curd is pressed in making cheese.
  5. A shout; a whoop, as in whooping cough.
  6. An old measure of capacity, variously estimated at from one to four pecks.
  7. The hoopoe. See Hoopoe.
  8. To bind or fasten with hoops; as, to hoop a barrel or puncheon.
  9. To call by a shout or peculiar cry.
  10. To clasp; to encircle; to surround.
  11. To drive or follow with a shout.
  12. To utter a loud cry, or a sound imitative of the word, by way of call or pursuit; to shout.
  13. To whoop, as in whooping cough. See Whoop.

Synonyms:

doughnut, rim, anchor ring, basketful, circle, lattice, ringing, gang, basketball hoop, halo, ring, closed chain, mob, field goal, annulus, tintinnabulation, pack, wicket gate, basket, wicket, wicket door, grille, loop, band, handbasket, net.

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