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hook

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hook \Hook\ (h[oo^]k; 277), noun [OE. hok, AS. h[=o]c; cf. D. haak, G. hake, haken, OHG. h[=a]ko, h[=a]go, h[=a]ggo, Icel. haki, Sw. hake, Dan. hage. Cf. {Arquebuse}, {Hagbut}, {Hake}, {Hatch} a half door, {Heckle}.]

1. A piece of metal, or other hard material, formed or bent into a curve or at an angle, for catching, holding, or sustaining anything; as, a hook for catching fish; a hook for fastening a gate; a boat hook, etc.

2. That part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on which a door or gate hangs and turns.

3. An implement for cutting grass or grain; a sickle; an instrument for cutting or lopping; a billhook.

Like slashing Bentley with his desperate hook. --Pope.

4. (Steam Engin.) See {Eccentric}, and {V-hook}.

5. A snare; a trap. [R.] --Shak.

6. A field sown two years in succession. [Prov. Eng.]

7. pl. The projecting points of the thigh bones of cattle; -- called also {hook bones}.

8. (Geog.) A spit or narrow cape of sand or gravel turned landward at the outer end; as, Sandy Hook in New Jersey. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

9. (Sports) The curving motion of a ball, as in bowling or baseball, curving away from the hand which threw the ball; in golf, a curving motion in the direction of the golfer who struck the ball. [PJC]

10. (Computers) A procedure within the encoding of a computer program which allows the user to modify the program so as to import data from or export data to other programs. [PJC]

{By hook or by crook}, one way or other; by any means, direct or indirect. --Milton. "In hope her to attain by hook or crook." --Spenser.

{Off the hook}, freed from some obligation or difficulty; as, to get off the hook by getting someone else to do the job. [Colloq.]

{Off the hooks}, unhinged; disturbed; disordered. [Colloq.] "In the evening, by water, to the Duke of Albemarle, whom I found mightly off the hooks that the ships are not gone out of the river." --Pepys.

{On one's own hook}, on one's own account or responsibility; by one's self. [Colloq. U.S.] --Bartlett.

{To go off the hooks}, to die. [Colloq.] --Thackeray.

{Bid hook}, a small boat hook.

{Chain hook}. See under {Chain}.

{Deck hook}, a horizontal knee or frame, in the bow of a ship, on which the forward part of the deck rests.

{Hook and eye}, one of the small wire hooks and loops for fastening together the opposite edges of a garment, etc.

{Hook bill} (Zool.), the strongly curved beak of a bird.

{Hook ladder}, a ladder with hooks at the end by which it can be suspended, as from the top of a wall.

{Hook motion} (Steam Engin.), a valve gear which is reversed by V hooks.

{Hook squid}, any squid which has the arms furnished with hooks, instead of suckers, as in the genera {Enoploteuthis} and {Onychteuthis}.

{Hook wrench}, a wrench or spanner, having a hook at the end, instead of a jaw, for turning a bolthead, nut, or coupling.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hook \Hook\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Hooked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hooking}.]

1. To catch or fasten with a hook or hooks; to seize, capture, or hold, as with a hook, esp. with a disguised or baited hook; hence, to secure by allurement or artifice; to entrap; to catch; as, to hook a dress; to hook a trout.

Hook him, my poor dear, . . . at any sacrifice. --W. Collins.

2. To seize or pierce with the points of the horns, as cattle in attacking enemies; to gore.

3. To steal. [Colloq. Eng. & U.S.]

{To hook on}, to fasten or attach by, or as by, hook.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hook \Hook\, verb (used without an object)

1. To bend; to curve as a hook.

2. To move or go with a sudden turn; hence [Slang or Prov. Eng.], to make off; to clear out; -- often with it. "Duncan was wounded, and the escort hooked it." --Kipling. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

hook

noun

1: a catch for locking a door

2: a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook [syn: {hook}, {crotchet}]

3: anything that serves as an enticement [syn: {bait}, {come- on}, {hook}, {lure}, {sweetener}]

4: a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something [syn: {hook}, {claw}]

5: a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something

6: a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer; "he took lessons to cure his hooking" [syn: {hook}, {draw}, {hooking}]

7: a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent

8: a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket [syn: {hook shot}, {hook}]

verb

1: fasten with a hook [ant: {unhook}]

2: rip off; ask an unreasonable price [syn: {overcharge}, {soak}, {surcharge}, {gazump}, {fleece}, {plume}, {pluck}, {rob}, {hook}] [ant: {undercharge}]

3: make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle; "She sat there crocheting all day" [syn: {crochet}, {hook}]

4: hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left

5: take by theft; "Someone snitched my wallet!" [syn: {hook}, {snitch}, {thieve}, {cop}, {knock off}, {glom}]

6: make off with belongings of others [syn: {pilfer}, {cabbage}, {purloin}, {pinch}, {abstract}, {snarf}, {swipe}, {hook}, {sneak}, {filch}, {nobble}, {lift}]

7: hit with a hook; "His opponent hooked him badly"

8: catch with a hook; "hook a fish"

9: to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug) [syn: {addict}, {hook}]

10: secure with the foot; "hook the ball"

11: entice and trap; "The car salesman had snared three potential customers" [syn: {hook}, {snare}]

12: approach with an offer of sexual favors; "he was solicited by a prostitute"; "The young man was caught soliciting in the park" [syn: {hook}, {solicit}, {accost}]

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