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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

hoop

[hüp]
(civil engineering)
A ring-shaped binder placed around the main reinforcement in a reinforced concrete column.
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and before the carriage arrived in Russell Square, a great deal of conversation had taken place about the Drawing-room, and whether or not young ladies wore powder as well as hoops when presented, and whether she was to have that honour: to the Lord Mayor's ball she knew she was to go.
Nature has decreed that there are certain things in life which shall act as hoops of steel, grappling the souls of the elect together.
Here they brought certain poles, which had, seemingly, been long employed in such a service, and fastening their larger ends firmly in the ground, the smaller were attached to the hoops that supported the covering of the wagon.
Around her head she wore a hoop of flame-red poppies.
He would cry for nothing; he would burst into storms of devilish temper without notice, and let go scream after scream and squall after squall, then climax the thing with "holding his breath"-- that frightful specialty of the teething nursling, in the throes of which the creature exhausts its lungs, then is convulsed with noiseless squirmings and twistings and kickings in the effort to get its breath, while the lips turn blue and the mouth stands wide and rigid, offering for inspection one wee tooth set in the lower rim of a hoop of red gums; and when the appalling stillness has endured until one is sure the lost breath will never return, a nurse comes flying, and dashes water in the child's face, and--presto
He put his hoop away, and his bat; there was no joy in them any more.
The stone cannot be removed from its place by any force, because the hoop and its feet are one continued piece with that body of adamant which constitutes the bottom of the island.
Mazarin followed the direction of his eyes and gently turned the hoop of the ring inside.
At each end of its axis this screw is supported by pillars of hollow brass tube descending from the hoop.
He followed her and brought the other geraniums, the hyacinth bulbs in a cracked custard bowl and the German ivy trained over an old croquet hoop.
It was here that the brave Abbe wrote a book with his own blood, with a pen made of a piece of iron hoop, and by the light of a lamp made out of shreds of cloth soaked in grease obtained from his food; and then dug through the thick wall with some trifling instrument which he wrought himself out of a stray piece of iron or table cutlery and freed Dantes from his chains.
A child came bowling its hoop through the concourse of birds, and Ralph threw his last crumbs of bread into the bushes with a snort of impatience.