Other forms: hoppers

A hopper is a funnel-shaped device used to move material from one receptacle to another.

This type of hopper has nothing to do with hopping or jumping: it's a device — the kind you're most likely to see in a chemistry lab — for moving substances from one container to another. If you need to pour a large beaker of liquid into a tiny test tube, the hopper lets you move the liquid without spilling. Solid, grain-like substances could also be moved using a hopper. Many factories will have hoppers as part of their machinery too.

Definitions of hopper
  1. noun
    someone who hops
    “at hopscotch, the best hoppers are the children”
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    an athlete who competes at jumping
  2. noun
    funnel-shaped receptacle; contents pass by gravity into a receptacle below
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    a container that is used to put or keep things in
  3. noun
    terrestrial plant-eating insect with hind legs adapted for leaping
    synonyms: grasshopper
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    acridid, short-horned grasshopper
    grasshopper with short antennae
    long-horned grasshopper, tettigoniid
    grasshoppers with long threadlike antennae and well-developed stridulating organs on the forewings of the male
    migratory grasshoppers of warm regions having short antennae
    large green long-horned grasshopper of North America; males produce shrill sounds by rubbing together special organs on the forewings
    Jerusalem cricket, Stenopelmatus fuscus, sand cricket
    large wingless nocturnal grasshopper that burrows in loose soil along the Pacific coast of the United States
    type of:
    orthopteran, orthopteron, orthopterous insect
    any of various insects having leathery forewings and membranous hind wings and chewing mouthparts
  4. noun
    a machine used for picking hops
    synonyms: hop-picker
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    any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
  5. noun
    (baseball) a hit that travels along the ground
    synonyms: ground ball, groundball, grounder
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    chop, chopper
    a grounder that bounces high in the air
    a grounder that rolls along the infield
    type of:
    hit, hitting, striking
    the act of contacting one thing with another
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