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

  • n. One that hops.
  • n. A usually funnel-shaped container in which materials, such as grain or coal, are stored in readiness for dispensation.
  • n. A freight car with a door in the floor through which materials are unloaded.
  • n. A box in which a bill is placed pending formal introduction before a legislature.
  • n. Informal A place in which something is held in readiness: a studio with many potential blockbusters in the hopper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A temporary storage bin, filled from the top and emptied from the bottom, often funnel-shaped.
  • n. A funnel-shaped section at the top of a drainpipe used to collect water, from above, from one or more smaller drainpipes.
  • n. One who hops.
  • n. The immature form of a locust
  • n. An artificial fishing lure
  • n. An escapement lever in a piano; a grasshopper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, hops.
  • n. 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; , into a car.
  • n. See Grasshopper, 2.
  • n. A game. See Hopscotch.
  • n.
  • n. See Grasshopper, and Frog hopper, Grape hopper, Leaf hopper, Tree hopper, under Frog, Grape, Leaf, and Tree.
  • n. The larva of a cheese fly.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In geology, a hopper-shaped pit or depression in the land.
  • Having the form of an inverted pyramid: as, a hopper ship, the bottom of which consists of a series of hoppers: a type of vessel used on the Great Lakes for carrying bulk cargoes.
  • n. One who or that which hops.
  • n. Specifically — A cheese-hopper.
  • n. A butterfly: same as skipper
  • n. A grasshopper
  • n. A saltatorial homopterous insect; a cercopid, in a broad sense: as, a froghopper; a tree-hopper.
  • n. A saltatorial beetle; one of the Halticidœ.
  • n. A seal of the second year.
  • n. A wild swan.
  • n. plural A game in which the players hop or leap on one leg; hop-scotch.
  • n. A trough, usually shaped like an inverted cone, through which grain or anything to be ground or crushed passes into a mill: so called because at one time it had a hopping or shaking motion. It is now stationary, and leads the grain to the shaking-shoe.
  • n. A tray or basket in which a sower carries seed; a seed-basket.
  • n. A boat having a compartment with a movable bottom, to receive the mud or gravel from a dredging-machine and convey it to deep water, where, on opening the bottom, the mud or gravel falls out. Also called hopper-barge.
  • n. Same as hopper-car.
  • n. In a double-action pianoforte movement, a piece attached to the back of a key to raise the hammer.
  • n. Same as hoppet, 3.
  • n. A hop-picker.
  • n. In brewing, a vat in which the infusion of hops is prepared to be added to the wort.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. terrestrial plant-eating insect with hind legs adapted for leaping
  • n. funnel-shaped receptacle; contents pass by gravity into a receptacle below
  • n. (baseball) a hit that travels along the ground
  • n. someone who hops
  • n. a machine used for picking hops


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

Sense 2, from the shaking or hopping motion of grain hoppers as grain passed through them to the mill.


  • I'd say that artificial foam hopper is closer to a fly than a 4 au natural bunny pike fly.

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  • What's interesting about the mental hopper is that when something goes in there, I can usually figure out a way to make it happen (except sex at 14).

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  • What's interesting about the mental hopper is that when something goes in there, I can usually figure out a way to make it happen (except sex at 13).

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  • A pipe is placed just beneath the surface of the water, and this pipe leads to a pump on shore which sucks the berries into a metal box called a hopper.

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  • Then, we're off for Klah ... if I can find the settings on the D-hopper, that is.

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  • Under the hopper were the ends of two inclined chutes extending out sidewise beyond the car -- one to the right and one to the left -- and over the slab molds on each side.

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  • Taking advantage of this fact, the fruit-grower may jar them on sheets; or, in large orchards, into a large canvas hopper, which is wheeled from tree to tree upon a wheelbarrow-like frame, and under the apex of which is a tin can into which the insects roll.

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  • Oh, and they also will have the most lottery balls in next year's hopper, which is shaping up to be one of the worst drafts in recent history; maybe they'll wind up with Blake Griffin, who looks like another meh pro to me.

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  • Thrown into the hopper was a bill proposing a new tax on stock and derivatives transactions by Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, and Rep. Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon.


  • _May_ to the end of _August_: it is a brownish Flie, and stands alwayes with his head towards the root of the tree, very easie to be found: The small black Flie is to be had one evry Hawthorn Bush, after the buds be come forth: Your Grasse-hopper, which is green, is to be had in any Medow of Grasse in _June_ or _July_: with these Flies, you must Angle with such a Rod as you Angle with the ground Bait; the Line must not be so long as the Rod: with drawing your flie, as you finde convenient in your Angling.

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  • That which hops, or:

    5. a funnel-shaped chamber or bin in which loose material, as grain or coal, is stored temporarily, being filled through the top and dispensed through the bottom.

    July 21, 2007