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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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They had hinges in the middle, and, when we were not looking, they nipped us with these hinges in delicate parts of the body; and, while we were wrestling with one side of the hoop, and endeavouring to persuade it to do its duty, the other side would come behind us in a cowardly manner, and hit us over the head.
Needless to tell him to get through the hoop. He had surely got through it already!
By bribes of gingerbread of her own making, stamped with a royal crown, she tempted their sunny sportiveness beneath the gloomy portal of the Province House, and would often beguile them to spend a whole play-day there, sitting in a circle round the verge of her hoop petticoat, greedily attentive to her stories of a dead world.
And the only kit you need is a hoop, which costs just EUR5.99 for the original Hula Hoop from www.Wham-O.com.
"We've got about 50 hoops now - kids' hoops, adult hoops, pregnancy hoops, mini hand-hoops," said Jen, who juggles her job around raising seven-year-old Mairi, and sons Elijah, three, and newborn Lachlan.
"There are many types of weighted hoops of different sizes; it all depends on the individual person.
KELLY MACDONALD is pretty impressive with a hula hoop.
Schoolchildren who have been learning Hoop Hop - hula hooping to hip hop music and the latest craze from America - demonstrated how it was done Geordie-style at an event at Gateshead Leisure Centre yesterday.
One, North Carolinian Jonathan Baxter, is so expert that he usually hoops blindfolded, he confides in an online video, so he "can just feel the rhythm of the hoop and hear its sound."
Louise, who's been teaching the class for the past year, said: "I couldn't hoop at all when I started, but it's really easy to pick up - it's like riding a bike.
They walked and hula'd, they spun round and hula'd, they threw their hoops up in the air and caught them with their hands.
Once the hoops are up and secure, tie the twine to one of the end hoops at the highest part of the arch.