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hoop

hoop

 
 
pronunciation:
hup
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (noun, verb), Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a large ring of wood, plastic, or metal, such as that used as a child's toy or for an animal to jump through.
 
definition 2: a circular band of metal used to hold together the strips that form the sides of a barrel, cask, or tub.
similar words:
ring
definition 3: a circular or rounded figure, frame, or object.
For earrings that evening, she decided on her gold hoops.The croquet ball shot right through the hoop.
 
similar words:
ring
definition 4: a circular support for a woman's old-fashioned full skirt.
definition 5: (informal) in basketball, the basket.
similar words:
rim
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: hooped, hooping, hoops
definition 1: to hold together, fasten, or support with or as if with a hoop.
definition 2: to surround with or as if with a hoop; encircle.
similar words:
encircle, ring
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derivation: hooplike (adj.)
Homophone Note
The words hoop and whoop sound alike but have different meanings.