Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various aircraft or schemes for lifting and transporting heavy objects from a position in the air or in space, usually by means of a long cable.
  • noun Basketball A hook shot that is released so high it is nearly impossible to block.

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  • noun An imaginary hook suspended in the air.
  • noun A helicopter that lifts and transports heavy objects suspended by a heavy cable.

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

  • noun a hook that is imagined to be suspended from the sky
  • noun helicopter carrying a reel of steel cable that can be used to lift and transport heavy objects

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Examples

  • We debated this point in the discussions on Thursday, and doubtless will continue to do so, but even addressing this argument shows that the term skyhook has moved far past its original meaning in.

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  • When Dennett first introduces the term skyhook in this analogy he gives us the dictionary definition

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  • The meaning of the term skyhook definitely evolved in its new context, as in the frog example that Dennett gave.

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  • Its just about eaten through the base of the tether, so luna this skyhook is about to become a spaceship until it eats that too …

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  • Its just about eaten through the base of the tether, so luna this skyhook is about to become a spaceship until it eats that too …

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  • Also, it uses skyhook, which is fairly accurate as far as finding your location

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  • Also, it uses skyhook, which is fairly accurate as far as finding your location

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  • On the following page he instructs his readers "Let us understand that a skyhook is a" mind-first "force or power or process, an exception to the principle that all design, and apparent design, is ultimately the result of mindless, motiveless mechanicity," (Dennett 76).

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  • A crane represents a theory built of our own world's rules and set in a foundation of the real while a skyhook is a by-definition impossible floating hook.

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  • By placing an intangible roadmap upon our perceivable world the skyhook is the very definition of foundationalism.

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