A hoop is a ring or circle made of some stiff material. Gardeners use hoops to support plants, and many people wear hoops around their wrists as bracelets.

You can try to toss a basketball through a hoop, wear gold hoops as earrings, or sport an old fashioned hoop skirt, a flexible band that widens a petticoat and the skirt covering it. You can also rotate and spin a hula hoop around your body for fun. If your boss makes you "jump through hoops" at work, it means she requires you to complete difficult, possibly unnecessary, tasks.

Definitions of hoop
  1. noun
    a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling
    “there was still a rusty iron hoop for tying a horse”
    synonyms: ring
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    carabiner, karabiner, snap ring
    an oblong metal ring with a spring clip; used in mountaineering to attach a rope to a piton or to connect two ropes
    a short ring fastened over a rod or shaft to limit, guide, or secure a machine part
    curtain ring
    a circular ring for holding up a curtain
    key ring
    a circular ring of metal for holding keys
    napkin ring
    a circular band used to hold a particular person's napkin
    nose ring
    a ring worn on the nose as an ornament or on the nose of an animal to control it
    the outer part of a wheel to which the tire is attached
    (basketball) the hoop from which the net is suspended
    tire, tyre
    hoop that covers a wheel
    towel ring
    a circular hoop for holding a towel
    auto tire, automobile tire, car tire, rubber tire
    a tire consisting of a rubber ring around the rim of an automobile wheel
    felloe, felly
    rim (or part of the rim) into which spokes are inserted
    pneumatic tire, pneumatic tyre
    a tire made of reinforced rubber and filled with compressed air; used on motor vehicles and bicycles etc
    wagon tire
    a metal hoop forming the tread of a wheel
    type of:
    a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)
  2. noun
    horizontal circular metal hoop supporting a net through which players try to throw the basketball
    synonyms: basket, basketball hoop
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    basketball equipment
    sports equipment used in playing basketball
    game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points
  3. noun
    a light curved skeleton to spread out a skirt
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    a hoop worn beneath a skirt to extend it horizontally; worn by European women in the 16th and 17th centuries
    set of small hoops used to add fullness over the hips
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    frame, skeletal frame, skeleton, underframe
    the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape
  4. noun
    a small arch used as croquet equipment
    synonyms: wicket
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    croquet equipment
    sports equipment used in playing croquet
  5. verb
    bind or fasten with a hoop
    hoop vats”
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    type of:
    encircle, gird
    bind with something round or circular
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