Definition of Hopper

1. Noun. Funnel-shaped receptacle; contents pass by gravity into a receptacle below.

Generic synonyms: Receptacle
Derivative terms: Hop

2. Noun. Someone who hops. "At hopscotch, the best hoppers are the children"
Generic synonyms: Jumper
Derivative terms: Hop, Hop

3. Noun. A machine used for picking hops.
Exact synonyms: Hop-picker
Generic synonyms: Machine

4. Noun. Terrestrial plant-eating insect with hind legs adapted for leaping.

5. Noun. (baseball) a hit that travels along the ground.
Exact synonyms: Ground Ball, Groundball, Grounder
Generic synonyms: Hit, Hitting, Striking
Specialized synonyms: Chop, Chopper, Roller
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game
Derivative terms: Ground, Hop

Definition of Hopper

1. n. One who, or that which, hops.

Definition of Hopper

1. Noun. A temporary storage bin, filled from the top and emptied from the bottom, often funnel-shaped. ¹

2. Noun. One who hops. ¹

3. Noun. The immature form of a locust ¹

4. Noun. An artificial fishing lure ¹

5. Noun. An escapement lever in a piano; a grasshopper. ¹

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Definition of Hopper

1. one that hops [n -S] - See also: hops

Medical Definition of Hopper

1. 1. One who, or that which, hops. 2. A chute, box, or receptacle, usually funnel-shaped with an opening at the lower part, for delivering or feeding any material, as to a machine; as, the wooden box with its trough through which grain passes into a mill by joining or shaking, or a funnel through which fuel passes into a furnace, or coal, etc, into a car. 3. See Grasshopper. 4. A game. See Hopscotch. 5. See Grasshopper, and Frog hopper, Grape hopper, Leaf hopper, Tree hopper, under Frog, Grape, Leaf, and Tree. The larva of a cheese fly. 6. A vessel for carrying waste, garbage, etc, out to sea, so constructed as to discharge its load by a mechanical contrivance; called also dumping scow. Bell and hopper, the apparatus at the top of a blast furnace, through which the charge is introduced, while the gases are retained. Hopper boy, a rake in a mill, moving in a circle to spread meal for drying, and to draw it over an opening in the floor, through which it falls. Hopper closet, a water-closet, without a movable pan, in which the receptacle is a funnel standing on a draintrap. Hopper cock, a faucet or valve for flushing the hopper of a water-closet. See: 1st Hop. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hopper

hopped up
hopper (current term)
hopper crystal
hopping mad

Literary usage of Hopper

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1910)
"If you are of opinion that the plaintiff is not the original inventor of the hopper-boy, he cannot obtain a verdict on that claim, unless his is an excepted ..."

2. The Young Mill-wright and Miller's Guide: Illustrated by Twenty-eight by Oliver Evans, Cadwallader Evans, Thomas Ellicott (1860)
"When the meal elevator is set in motion to elevate the meal, the hopper-boy must be set in motion also, to spread and cool it; and as soon as the circle is ..."

3. The Car-builder's Dictionary: An Illustrated Vocabulary of Terms which Master Car-Builders' Association, Matthias Nace Forney, Arthur Mellen Wellington, Leander Garey, Calvin A. Smith by Master Car-Builders' Association, Matthias Nace Forney, Arthur Mellen Wellington, Leander Garey, Calvin A. Smith (1895)
"The four-wheeled hopper-bottom cars are being superseded by eight-wheeled gondola cars ... A hopper-bottom car should be distinguished from a drop-bottom. ..."

4. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1921)
"Within the central opening of the top portion 9, of the shell, a charcoal hopper, a' (Figs. 22, 23, 24). is supported : this is constructed with a conical ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"The hopper ¡s carried on two Knife- edges, one on each side, and is prevented ... The knife-edges on which the hopper rests arc on two -horizontal levers, ..."

6. Onondaga, Or, Reminiscences of Earlier and Later Times: Being a Series of by Joshua Victor Hopkins Clark (1840)
"JASPER hopper was born in the city of New-York, on the 10th of June, 1770 ... The name of the father of Andrew hopper, was John, who was a Lieutenant in Gen ..."

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