Today's Word of the Day means...
The lateral prominence of the pelvis from the waist to the thigh.
The hip joint.
To act or respond impulsively and aggressively; be recklessly impetuous; have a short fuse: A politician should seldom shoot from the hip
[1970s+; fr the image of a gunfighter who fires his weapon without aiming, as just drawn from the holster]
To make aware; inform: educating the masses of America, hipping black people to the need to work together (1932+)Related Terms
[fourth verb sense by 1891 in the case of craps]
in anatomy, the joint between the thighbone (femur) and the pelvis; also the area adjacent to this joint. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint; the round head of the femur rests in a cavity (the acetabulum) that allows free rotation of the limb. Amphibians and reptiles have relatively weak pelvic girdles, and the femur extends horizontally. This does not permit efficient resistance to gravity, and the trunks of these animals often rest partially on the ground. In mammals the hip joint allows the femur to drop vertically, thus permitting the animal to hold itself off the ground and leading to specializations for running and leaping. See also pelvic girdle.