Hoop (?), n. [OE. hope; akin to D. hoep, hoepel.]

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.

Though stiff with hoops, and armed with ribs of whale. Pope.

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.

[Obs.]

5.

An old measure of capacity, variously estimated at from one to four pecks.

[Eng.]

Halliwell.

Bulge hoop, Chine hoop, Quarter hoop, the hoop nearest the middle of a cask, that nearest the end, and the intermediate hoop between these two, respectively. -- Flat hoop, a wooden hoop dressed flat on both sides. -- Half-round hoop, a wooden hoop left rounding and undressed on the outside. -- Hoop iron, iron in thin narrow strips, used for making hoops. -- Hoop lock, the fastening for uniting the ends of wooden hoops by notching and interlocking them. -- Hoop skirt, a framework of hoops for expanding the skirts of a woman's dress; -- called also hoop petticoat. -- Hoop snake Zool., a harmless snake of the Southern United States (Abaster erythrogrammus); -- so called from the mistaken notion that it curves itself into a hoop, taking its tail into its mouth, and rolls along with great velocity. -- Hoop tree Bot., a small West Indian tree (Melia sempervirens), of the Mahogany family.

 

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Hoop, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hooped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Hooping.]

1.

To bind or fasten with hoops; as, to hoop a barrel or puncheon.

2.

To clasp; to encircle; to surround.

Shak.

 

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Hoop (?), v. i. [OE. houpen; cf. F. houper to hoop, to shout; -- a hunting term, prob. fr. houp, an interj. used in calling. Cf. Whoop.]

1.

To utter a loud cry, or a sound imitative of the word, by way of call or pursuit; to shout.

[Usually written whoop.]

2.

To whoop, as in whooping cough. See Whoop.

Hooping cough. Med. See Whooping cough.

 

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Hoop, v. t. [Written also whoop.]

1.

To drive or follow with a shout.

"To be hooped out of Rome."

Shak.

2.

To call by a shout or peculiar cry.

 

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Hoop, n.

1.

A shout; a whoop, as in whooping cough.

2. Zool.

The hoopoe. See Hoopoe.

 

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