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Definition of Hoop


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

Hoop Quotations

I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences, ignore all the hassles and take a running leap through the hoop, even if it is in flames.
Les Brown

My parents were kind of over protective people. Me and my sister had to play in the backyard all the time. They bought us bikes for Christmas but wouldn't let us ride in the street, we had to ride in the backyard. Another Christmas, my dad got me a basketball hoop and put it in the middle of the lawn! You can't dribble on grass.
Jimmy Fallon

And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father.
Black Elk

I like to get out and get up the court, using my speed and aggressiveness toward the hoop.
LeBron James

My dad put up a great hoop in our front yard in our driveway. I was in Oregon, so I had to be out there in the rain. We didn't always have a gym to go to.
Kevin Love
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Hoop Translations

hoop in German is Reifen
hoop in Spanish is aro
hoop in Swedish is tunn-, rullband, tunnband
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