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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hoops mean? 

HOOPS (noun)
  The noun HOOPS has 1 sense:

1. a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop

  Familiarity information: HOOPS used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

HOOPS (noun)

Sense 1hoops [BACK TO TOP]


A game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


basketball; basketball game; hoops

Hypernyms ("hoops" is a kind of...):

court game (an athletic game played on a court)

Meronyms (parts of "hoops"):

basketball play (a play executed by a basketball team)

tap-off; tip-off (the act of starting a basketball game with a jump ball)

basketball shot (throwing the basketball toward the hoop)

half (in various games or performances: either of two periods of play separated by an interval)

rebound (the act of securing possession of the rebounding basketball after a missed shot)

Domain member category:

hack (kick on the arms)

center ((basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team)

dunk (make a dunk shot, in basketball)

key; paint ((basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court)

slam-dunk (make a slam dunk; shoot a basketball in a slam dunk)

rim ((basketball) the hoop from which the net is suspended)

home court ((basketball) the court where the host team plays its home games)

basketball equipment (sports equipment used in playing basketball)

basketball court (the court on which basketball is played)

jump shot; jumper ((basketball) a player releases the basketball at the high point of a jump)

jump ball ((basketball) the way play begins or resumes when possession is disputed; an official tosses the ball up between two players who jump in an effort to tap it to a teammate)

fast break ((basketball) a rapid dash to get a shot as soon as possible after taking possession of the ball)

dribble; dribbling (the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks)

double dribble (an illegal dribble in basketball (the player uses both hands to dribble or the player starts to dribble a second time after coming to a stop))

assist ((sports) the act of enabling another player to make a good play)

technical; technical foul ((basketball) a foul that can be assessed on a player or a coach or a team for unsportsmanlike conduct; does not usually involve physical contact during play)

backboard; basketball backboard (a raised vertical board with basket attached; used to play basketball)

ball-hawking (used of a player skilled in stealing the ball or robbing a batter of a hit)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hoops"):

professional basketball (playing basketball for money)

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