Hopper meaning

hŏpər
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A funnel-shaped section at the top of a drainpipe used to collect water, from above, from one or more smaller drainpipes.
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One that hops.
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A person or thing that hops.
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Any hopping insect, esp. a grasshopper.
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A box, tank, rail car, etc., often funnel-shaped, from which the contents can be emptied slowly and evenly.

The hopper of an automatic coal stoker.

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A freight car with a bottom that opens to unload freight.
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A box into which legislative bills are dropped for introduction, assignment to committees, etc.
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(person) 1882-1967; U.S. painter.
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A tray, or chute, that accepts input to a mechanical device, such as a disk duplicator or printer. In the days of punch cards, millions of cards were numerically or alphabetically organized by placing them into the hopper of a card sorter, taking them out of all the stackers and putting them back into the hopper for the next card column.
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A temporary storage bin, filled from the top and emptied from the bottom, often funnel-shaped.
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One who hops.
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The immature form of a locust.
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An artificial fishing lure.

To catch a big fish, use a hopper that jumps across the pond surface.

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An escapement lever in a piano; a grasshopper.
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Origin of hopper

  • Sense 2, from the shaking or hopping motion of grain hoppers as grain passed through them to the mill

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition