- The definition of a hop is a short leap or bounce.
An example of a hop is a frog's tiny jump from one pebble to the next.
- Hop is defined as to make a short leap or bounce.
An example of to hop is to jump from one square of a hopscotch board to another.
hop definition by Webster's New World
- to make a short leap or leaps on one foot
- to move by leaping or springing on both, or all, feet at once, as a bird, frog, etc. does
- to go or move briskly or in bounces
- to take a short, quick trip: with up, down, or over
Origin: Middle English hoppen ; from Old English hoppian, akin to German hüpfen ; from Indo-European an unverified form keub- ; from base an unverified form keu-, to bend, curve from source hip, Classical Latin cumbere, to lie: basic sense probably “to bend forward”
- to jump over: to hop a fence
- ☆ to get aboard: to hop a train
- Informal to fly over in an airplane
- an act or instance of hopping
- ☆ a bounce, as of a baseball
- Informal a dance, esp. an informal one
- Informal a short flight in an airplane
- a rough twining vine (Humulus lupulus) of the hemp family, having the female flowers borne in small cones covered with bladdery bracts
- the dried ripe cones of the female flowers, used for giving beer, ale, etc., a bitter taste and in medicine as a sedative
- ☆ Slang a narcotic drug; esp., opium
Origin: Late Middle English hoppe ; from Middle Dutch akin to German hopfen
hop definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb hopped hopped, hop·ping, hops verb, intransitive
- a. To move with light bounding skips or leaps.b. Informal To move quickly or busily: The shipping department is hopping this week.
- To jump on one foot.
- To make a quick trip, especially in an airplane.
- To travel or move often from place to place. Often used in combination: party-hop.
- To move over by hopping: hop a ditch two feet wide.
- Informal To jump aboard: hop a freight train.
- a. A light springy jump or leap, especially on one foot.b. A rebound: The ball took a bad hop.
- Informal A dance or dance party.
- a. A short distance.b. A short trip, especially by air.
- A free ride; a lift.
Origin: Middle English hoppen, from Old English hoppian.
- A twining vine (Humulus lupulus) having lobed leaves and green female flowers arranged in conelike spikes.
- hops The dried ripe flowers of this plant, containing a bitter aromatic oil. They are used in the brewing industry to prevent bacterial action and add the characteristic bitter taste to beer.
- Slang Opium.
Origin: Middle English hoppe, from Middle Dutch.
hop - Computer Definition
- A small, quick jump.
- In networks, the journey a signal makes across a transmission link between two devices such as bridges, hubs, switches, or routers.There often are multiple links in an endto-end circuit between two devices. Therefore, a frame may make multiple hops as it transverses a physical path from one workstation to another. An IP packet typically makes a significant number of hops as it transverses the Internet. See also bridge, circuit, frame, hub, Internet, LAN, link, packet, router, and switch.
- In radio communications, one skip of a radio wave from an earth station to the ionosphere and back. See also ionosphere, radio, and waveform.
- In satellite communications, one roundtrip of a signal from an Earth station to a space station (i.e., satellite) and back to an Earth station. See also satellite and signal.
- In frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) radio communications, a small, quick jump from one frequency channel to another in a carefully choreographed hop sequence. See also channel, FHSS, and frequency.
hop - Phrases/Idioms
hop onor hop all over
- to stimulate by or as by a drug
- to supercharge (an automobile engine, etc.)
hop, skip, and (a) jump
hop to it