Definition of Hook up

1. Verb. Connect or link. "Hook up the components of the new sound system"

Generic synonyms: Attach
Derivative terms: Hookup, Hookup

Definition of Hook up

1. Verb. (transitive) to assemble the parts of a mechanism, especially by connecting wires. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) to connect to a power supply or a signal source. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive slang used with "with") to form an association (with) someone. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive slang used with "with") to have a casual sexual experience with another person, usually without any future relationship intended. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hook Up

hook above
hook and eye
hook in
hook line and sinker
hook of hamate bone
hook of spiral lamina
hook on
hook shot
hook shots
hook someone up
hook spanner
hook turn
hook up with
hook wrench
hookean behaviour
hooked bone
hooked bundle of Russell
hooked fasciculus
hooked up

Literary usage of Hook up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1909)
"His duty was to hook up the machine, and the holster runs the machine back towards locomotive, so as to make room for the next pile of dirt. ..."

2. Operative Surgery by Frederic Carpenter Skey (1801)
"assistant should hook up as much as possible of the anterior margin of the axilla. The sheath of the vessels and nerves being exposed, A. Artery.—B. Vein. ..."

3. Boy Activity Projects by Samuel A. Blackburn (1918)
"hook up OF WIRELESS STATION. Presuming that all instruments have been made or ... We will now hook up the receiving set which is entirely separate from the ..."

4. "WWJ--The Detroit News": The History of Radiophone Broadcasting by the by Detroit news (1922)
"... Schematic Showing Hook-up of Intermediate Set. ... I —~ J Schematic Showing Hook-up of Advanced Set ..."

5. The Book of Radio: A Complete, Simple Explanation of Radio Reception and by Charles William Taussig (1922)
"... types of loose coupler—Principle of the loose coupler— Loose coupler receiving hook-up without secondary condenser— With secondary condenser—Methods of ..."

6. Reports of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits by Alfred Cort Haddon, William Halse Rivers Rivers, Charles Gabriel Seligman, Charles Samuel Myers, William McDougall, Sidney Herbert Ray, Anthony Wilkin (1912)
"Pass left index distally into the right little-finger loop, hook up from below the radial little-finger string and return. Pass left thumb distally into the ..."

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