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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long full skirt belled out with a series of connected circular supports.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A women's undergarment worn in various historical periods to hold the skirt extended into a fashionable shape, typically consisting of a fabric petticoat with casings to hold a stiffening material, variously rope, osiers, whalebone, steel, or nylon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a framework of hoops for expanding the skirts of a woman's dress; -- called also hoop petticoat.

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  • A hoop skirt or hoopskirt is a women's undergarment worn in various periods to hold the skirt extended into a fashionable shape.

    Hoop skirts typically consist of a fabric petticoat with casings to hold a stiffening material, variously rope, osiers, whalebone, steel or nylon.

    Lightweight hoop skirts, usually with nylon hoops, are worn today under very full-skirted wedding gowns.

    _Wikipedia

    February 6, 2008