HOOP, n. A band of wood or metal used to confine the staves of casks,tubs, &c. or for other similar purposes. Wooden hoops are usually made by splitting an oak or hickory sapling into two parts; but sometimes they are made of thin splints and of other species of wood.

1. A piece of whalebone in the form of a circle or ellipsis, used formerly by females to extend their petticoats; a farthingale.

2. Something resembling a hoop; a ring; any thing circular.

HOOP, v.t. To bind or fasten with hoops; as, to hoop a barrel or puncheon.

1. To clasp; to encircle; to surround.

HOOP, v.i. to shout; to utter a loud cry, or a particular sound by way of call or pursuit.

HOOP, v.t. To drive with a shout or outcry.

1. To call by a shout or hoop.

HOOP, n. A shout; also, a measure, equal to a peck.

1. The hoopoe.