skyhook

[skahy-hook]
noun
1.
a fanciful hook imagined to be suspended in the air.
2.
any of various lifting devices, as one hung from a helicopter, designed to lift heavy loads to distances beyond the reach of a jib crane.
3.
a high, arching hook shot in basketball.

Origin:
1910–15; sky + hook1

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skyhook
"imaginary device to hold things up," 1915, originally aviators' jargon, from sky + hook. Applied from 1935 to actual device for lifting things into the air.
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In a skyhook suspension configuration, the seat is attached to a fixed point in the sky through a damper.
Skyhook was one of the first major programs to take advantage of the new balloon technology.
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