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English Dictionary: hoops by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop
    Synonym(s): basketball, basketball game, hoops
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
      6. Beauty, physical, intellectual, or moral; loveliness;
            commonly, easy elegance of manners; perfection of form.
                     Grace in women gains the affections sooner, and
                     secures them longer, than any thing else. --Hazlitt.
                     I shall answer and thank you again For the gift and
                     the grace of the gift.                        --Longfellow.
      7. pl. (Myth.) Graceful and beautiful females, sister
            goddesses, represented by ancient writers as the
            attendants sometimes of Apollo but oftener of Venus. They
            were commonly mentioned as three in number; namely,
            Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, and were regarded as the
            inspirers of the qualities which give attractiveness to
            wisdom, love, and social intercourse.
                     The Graces love to weave the rose.      --Moore.
                     The Loves delighted, and the Graces played. --Prior.
      8. The title of a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop, and
            formerly of the king of England.
                     How fares your Grace !                        --Shak.
      9. (Commonly pl.) Thanks. [Obs.]
                     Yielding graces and thankings to their lord
                     Melibeus.                                          --Chaucer.
      10. A petition for grace; a blessing asked, or thanks
            rendered, before or after a meal.
      11. pl. (Mus.) Ornamental notes or short passages, either
            introduced by the performer, or indicated by the
            composer, in which case the notation signs are called
            grace notes, appeggiaturas, turns, etc.
      12. (Eng. Universities) An act, vote, or decree of the
            government of the institution; a degree or privilege
            conferred by such vote or decree. --Walton.
      13. pl. A play designed to promote or display grace of
            motion. It consists in throwing a small hoop from one
            player to another, by means of two sticks in the hands of
            each. Called also {grace hoop} or {hoops}.
      {Act of grace}. See under {Act}.
      {Day of grace} (Theol.), the time of probation, when the
            offer of divine forgiveness is made and may be accepted.
                     That day of grace fleets fast away.   --I. Watts.
      {Days of grace} (Com.), the days immediately following the
            day when a bill or note becomes due, which days are
            allowed to the debtor or payer to make payment in. In
            Great Britain and the United States, the days of grace are
            three, but in some countries more, the usages of merchants
            being different.
      {Good graces}, favor; friendship.
      {Grace cup}.
            (a) A cup or vessel in which a health is drunk after
            (b) A health drunk after grace has been said.
                           The grace cup follows to his sovereign's
                           health.                                       --Hing.
      {Grace drink}, a drink taken on rising from the table; a
            grace cup.
                     To [Queen Margaret, of Scotland] . . . we owe the
                     custom of the grace drink, she having established it
                     as a rule at her table, that whosoever staid till
                     grace was said was rewarded with a bumper. --Encyc.
      {Grace hoop}, a hoop used in playing graces. See {Grace}, n.,
      {Grace note} (Mus.), an appoggiatura. See {Appoggiatura}, and
            def. 11 above.
      {Grace stroke}, a finishing stoke or touch; a coup de grace.
      {Means of grace}, means of securing knowledge of God, or
            favor with God, as the preaching of the gospel, etc.
      {To do grace}, to reflect credit upon.
                     Content to do the profession some grace. --Shak.
      {To say grace}, to render thanks before or after a meal.
      {With a good grace}, in a fit and proper manner grace fully;
      {With a bad grace}, in a forced, reluctant, or perfunctory
            manner; ungraciously.
                     What might have been done with a good grace would at
                     least be done with a bad grace.         --Macaulay.
      Syn: Elegance; comeliness; charm; favor; kindness; mercy.
      Usage: {Grace}, {Mercy}. These words, though often
                  interchanged, have each a distinctive and peculiar
                  meaning. Grace, in the strict sense of the term, is
                  spontaneous favor to the guilty or undeserving; mercy
                  is kindness or compassion to the suffering or
                  condemned. It was the grace of God that opened a way
                  for the exercise of mercy toward men. See {Elegance}.
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