Pronunciation: hŎk; 277
n.1.A piece of metal, or other hard material, formed or bent into a curve or at an angle, for catching, holding, or sustaining anything; as, a hook for catching fish; a hook for fastening a gate; a boat hook, etc.
2.That part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on which a door or gate hangs and turns.
3.An implement for cutting grass or grain; a sickle; an instrument for cutting or lopping; a billhook.
4.(Steam Engin.) See Eccentric, and V-hook.
5.A snare; a trap.
6.A field sown two years in succession.
7.The projecting points of the thigh bones of cattle; - called also hook bones.
8.(Geog.) A spit or narrow cape of sand or gravel turned landward at the outer end; as, Sandy Hook in New Jersey.
9.(Sports) The curving motion of a ball, as in bowling or baseball, curving away from the hand which threw the ball; in golf, a curving motion in the direction of the golfer who struck the ball.
10.(Computers) A procedure within the encoding of a computer program which allows the user to modify the program so as to import data from or export data to other programs.
By hook or by crook
one way or other; by any means, direct or indirect.
Off the hook
freed from some obligation or difficulty; as, to get off the hook by getting someone else to do the job.
- Milton.
Off the hooks
unhinged; disturbed; disordered.
On one's own hook
on one's own account or responsibility; by one's self.
- Pepys.
To go off the hooks
to die.
- Bartlett.
Bid hook
a small boat hook.
- Thackeray.
Chain hook
See under Chain.
Deck hook
a horizontal knee or frame, in the bow of a ship, on which the forward part of the deck rests.
Hook and eye
one of the small wire hooks and loops for fastening together the opposite edges of a garment, etc.
Hook bill
(Zool.) the strongly curved beak of a bird.
Hook ladder
a ladder with hooks at the end by which it can be suspended, as from the top of a wall.
Hook motion
(Steam Engin.) a valve gear which is reversed by V hooks.
Hook squid
any squid which has the arms furnished with hooks, instead of suckers, as in the genera Enoploteuthis and Onychteuthis.
Hook wrench
a wrench or spanner, having a hook at the end, instead of a jaw, for turning a bolthead, nut, or coupling.
v. t.1.To catch or fasten with a hook or hooks; to seize, capture, or hold, as with a hook, esp. with a disguised or baited hook; hence, to secure by allurement or artifice; to entrap; to catch; as, to hook a dress; to hook a trout.
[imp. & p. p. Hooked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hooking.]
Hook him, my poor dear, . . . at any sacrifice.
- W. Collins.
2.To seize or pierce with the points of the horns, as cattle in attacking enemies; to gore.
3.To steal.
To hook on
to fasten or attach by, or as by, hook.
v. i.1.To bend; to curve as a hook.
2.To move or go with a sudden turn;
Noun1.hook - a catch for locking a door
2.hook - a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook
Synonyms: crotchet
3.Hookhook - anything that serves as an enticement
Synonyms: bait, come-on, lure, sweetener
4.hook - a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
Synonyms: claw
5.hook - a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something
6.hook - a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer; "he tooks lessons to cure his hooking"
Synonyms: hooking, draw
7.hook - a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
8.hook - a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket
Synonyms: hook shot
Verb1.hook - fasten with a hook
unhook - take off a hook
2.hook - rip off; ask an unreasonable price
3.hook - make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle; "She sat there crocheting all day"
Synonyms: crochet
4.hook - hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left
5.hook - take by theft; "Someone snitched my wallet!"
6.hook - make off with belongings of others
7.hook - hit with a hook; "His opponent hooked him badly"
8.hook - catch with a hook; "hook a fish"
9.hook - to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)
Synonyms: addict
10.hook - secure with the foot; "hook the ball"
11.hook - entice and trap; "The car salesman had snared three potential customers"
Synonyms: snare
12.hook - approach with an offer of sexual favors; "he was solicited by a prostitute"; "The young man was caught soliciting in the park"
Synonyms: accost, solicit
1.HOOK - ? Object Oriented Kernel. Delphia. An object-oriented extension of Delphia Prolog.
2.(programming)hook - A software or hardware feature included in order to simplify later additions or changes by a user.

For example, a simple program that prints numbers might always print them in base 10, but a more flexible version would let a variable determine what base to use; setting the variable to 5 would make the program print numbers in base 5. The variable is a simple hook. An even more flexible program might examine the variable and treat a value of 16 or less as the base to use, but treat any other number as the address of a user-supplied routine for printing a number. This is a hairy but powerful hook; one can then write a routine to print numbers as Roman numerals, say, or as Hebrew characters, and plug it into the program through the hook.

Often the difference between a good program and a superb one is that the latter has useful hooks in judiciously chosen places. Both may do the original job about equally well, but the one with the hooks is much more flexible for future expansion of capabilities.

Emacs, for example, is *all* hooks.

The term "user exit" is synonymous but much more formal and less hackish.
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Translate Hook to Spanish, Translate Hook to German, Translate Hook to French
hoof it
hoof mark
hoof-and-mouth disease
hoofed mammal
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hook and eye
Hook bill
Hook ladder
hook line and sinker
Hook motion
Hook of Holland
hook on
hook shot
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Hook squid
hook up
hook up with
hook wrench
hook-and-ladder company
hook-and-ladder truck
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