Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A smooth, straight shoot of green wood, usually a sapling of small diameter, for making hoops for casks.

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Examples

  • It is what puts so many men in the pulpit who could serve their Saviour much better planting the mild-eyed potato or harvesting the useful hoop-pole.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 12

  • She reached for a hickory hoop-pole [5] that stood by the door, and the army moved on.

    The Boys' Life of Mark Twain

  • The hoop-pole was a very familiar article of commerce, and of household defense.

    The Boys' Life of Mark Twain

  • She reached for a hickory hoop-pole that stood by the door, and the army moved on.

    Mark Twain, a Biography. Complete

  • She was a tight little ship of about four hundred tons, had hoop-pole bulwarks, as I afterwards learned, with nettings for hammocks and old junk, principally the latter; and showed ten nine-pounders, carriage-guns, in her batteries.

    Afloat and Ashore A Sea Tale

  • Our boasted Republican government, whose shibboleth has ever been the equality of all men -- that the harvester of the lowly hoop-pole stands on a parity with a prince swinging a gilded scepter and robbing a poverty-stricken people -- considered that its paid representatives in Russia would be unequal to the task of spilling sufficient slobber over the chief representative of "divine right," the great arch-enemy of human liberty, and sent special envoys to assist at the ceremony.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 1.

  • He could get a tongue ready-made if he used a broom-handle or a hoop-pole, but that had in either case to be whittled so it could be fastened to the wagon; he even bored the linchpin holes with his knife if he could not get a gimlet; and if he could not get an auger, he bored the holes through the wheels with a red-hot poker, and then whittled them large enough with his knife.

    Boy Life Stories and Readings Selected From The Works of William Dean Howells

  • Illinois, Wabash, Kentucky, Miami, Scioto -- "The pair did not talk like men narrowly of the hoop-pole commonwealth.

    Gideon's Band A Tale of the Mississippi

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