|1.||a rigid circular band of metal or wood|
|2.||something resembling this|
|3.||a. a band of iron that holds the staves of a barrel or cask together|
|b. (as modifier): hoop iron|
|4.||a child's toy shaped like a hoop and rolled on the ground or whirled around the body|
|5.||croquet any of the iron arches through which the ball is driven|
|6.||a. a light curved frame to spread out a skirt|
|b. (as modifier): a hoop skirt; a hoop petticoat|
|7.||basketball the round metal frame to which the net is attached to form the basket|
|8.||a large ring through which performers or animals jump|
|a. an earring consisting of one or more circles of metal, plastic, etc|
|b. the part of a finger ring through which the finger fits|
|10.||informal (Austral) a jockey|
|11.||go through the hoop, be put through the hoop to be subjected to an ordeal|
|12.||(tr) to surround with or as if with a hoop|
|[Old English hōp; related to Dutch hoep, Old Norse hōp bay, Lithuanian kabẽ hook]|
see jump through hoops.
circular toy adaptable to many games, children's and adults', probably the most ubiquitous of the world's toys, after the ball. The ancient Greeks advocated hoop rolling as a beneficial exercise for those not very strong. It was also used as a toy by both Greek and Roman children, as graphic representations indicate. Most of these ancient hoops were of metal. Most later hoops were of wood, though occasionally fitted with metal tires, as in the hoop-rolling-fad days of 19th-century England and the United States. North American Indians used the hoop as a target in teaching accuracy of throwing to the young. Adult Eskimos played a game that involved throwing poles through a rolling hoop.
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