- The definition of a hook is a bent piece of material used for hanging things or catching fish, or something intended to get attention.
- An example of a hook is a metal piece hanging on the wall that you hang your coat on.
- An example of a hook is an intriguing product ad that inspires you to learn more.
A hook used for fishing.
hook definition by Webster's New World
- a curved or bent piece of metal, wood, etc. used to catch, hold, or pull something; specif.,
- a curved piece of wire or bone with a barbed end, for catching fish
- a curved piece of metal, wood, etc. fastened to a wall or chain at one end, used to hang things on, raise things up, etc.: a coat hook
- a small metal catch inserted in a loop, or eye, to fasten clothes together
- Naut., Slang an anchor
- a curved metal implement for cutting grain, etc.
- something shaped like a hook; specif.,
- a curving cape or headland: used in place names: Sandy Hook
- a sharp bend in a stream
Origin: back-form. < hooker (sense )a trap; snare
- Informal something intended to attract attention or encourage involvement; specif., in popular music, a catchy, repeated phrase, verse, riff, etc.
- the path of a hit or thrown ball that curves away to the left from a right-handed player or to the right from a left-handed player
- a ball that follows such a path
- Boxing a short, sharp blow delivered with the arm bent at the elbow
- Music flag (sense )
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English hoc, akin to hake, Middle Dutch hoec, Old Norse hakr ; from Indo-European base an unverified form keg-, peg for hanging
- to attach or fasten with or as with a hook or hook and eye
- to take hold of with a hook
- to catch with or as with a hook
- to attack with the horns, as a bull; gore
- to make into the shape of a hook
- ☆ to make (a rug, wall hanging, etc.) by drawing strips of yarn or cloth with a hook through a canvas or burlap backing
- to hit or throw (a ball) in a hook ()
- to tempt or attract
- to cause addiction to
- to steal; snatch
- Boxing to hit with a hook
- to curve as a hook does
- to be fastened with a hook or hooks
- to be caught by a hook
- ☆ Slang to work as a prostitute
hook definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A curved or sharply bent device, usually of metal, used to catch, drag, suspend, or fasten something else.b. A fishhook.
- Something shaped like a hook, especially:a. A curved or barbed plant or animal part.b. A short angled or curved line on a letter.c. A sickle.
- a. A sharp bend or curve, as in a river.b. A point or spit of land with a sharply curved end.
- A means of catching or ensnaring; a trap.
- Slang a. A means of attracting interest or attention; an enticement: a sales hook.b. Music A catchy motif or refrain: “sugary hard rock melodies [and] ear candy hooks” (Boston Globe).
- Sports a. A short swinging blow in boxing delivered with a crooked arm.b. The course of a ball that curves in a direction away from the dominant hand of the player propelling it, as to the left of a right-handed player.c. A stroke that sends a ball on such a course.d. A ball propelled on such a course.e. In surfing, the lip of a breaking wave.
- Baseball A curve ball.
- Basketball A hook shot.
- a. To catch, suspend, or connect with a hook.b. Informal To snare.c. Slang To steal; snatch. See Synonyms at steal.
- To fasten by or as if by a hook.
- To pierce or gore with or as if with a hook.
- Slang a. To take strong hold of; captivate: a novel that hooked me on the very first page.b. To cause to become addicted.
- To make (a rug) by looping yarn through canvas with a type of hook.
- Sports a. To hit with a hook in boxing.b. To hit (a golf ball) in a hook.
- Baseball To pitch (a ball) with a curve.
- Basketball To shoot (a ball) in a hook shot.
- Sports To impede the progress of (an opponent in ice hockey) by holding or restraining the player with one's stick, in violation of the rules.
- To bend like a hook.
- To fasten by means of a hook or a hook and eye.
- Slang To work as a prostitute.
Origin: Middle English hok, from Old English hōc; see keg- in Indo-European roots.
hook - Computer Definition
An area in the message-handling mechanism of a computer system in which an application can install a subroutine to monitor the message traffic in the system. This application can also process certain kinds of messages before they can reach the targeted window procedure. Hooks significantly slow down computer systems because they increase the amount of processing that the system must perform for each message; therefore, they should be installed only when necessary.
See Also: Message.
Microsoft Corporation. Hooks. [Online, 2004.] Microsoft Corporation Website. http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/enus/winui/winui/ windowsuserinterface/windowing/hooks.asp; http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp? url=/library/en-us/winui/WinUI/WindowsUserInterface/Windowing/Hooks/AboutHooks.asp.
In programming, instructions that provide breakpoints for future expansion. Hooks may be changed to call some outside routine or function or may be places where additional processing is added. See also switch hook.
hook - Phrases/Idioms
by hook or by crook
get the hookâ
hook, line, and sinkerâ
- to connect or attach with a hook or hooks
- to arrange and connect the parts of (a radio, etc.)
- â Informal to come or bring into a relationship with another, as partner, associate, spouse, etc.
off the hook
on one's own hookâ
by hook or by crook
get the hook
hook, line, and sinker
off the hook
on (one's) own hook