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hoop

1. a rigid circular band of metal or wood
2. 
a. a band of iron that holds the staves of a barrel or cask together
b. (as modifier): hoop iron
3. Croquet any of the iron arches through which the ball is driven
4. Basketball the round metal frame to which the net is attached to form the basket
5. Austral informal a jockey
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hoop

[hüp]
(civil engineering)
A ring-shaped binder placed around the main reinforcement in a reinforced concrete column.
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