hopper

noun hop·per \ ˈhä-pər \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of hopper

1 a : one that hops
b : a leaping insect; specifically : an immature hopping form of an insect (such as a grasshopper or locust)
2
[from the shaking motion of hoppers used to feed grain into a mill]
a : a usually funnel-shaped receptacle for delivering material (such as grain or coal); also : any of various other receptacles for the temporary storage of material
b : a freight car with a floor sloping to one or more hinged doors for discharging bulk materials called also hopper car
c : a box in which a bill to be considered by a legislative body is dropped
d : a tank holding liquid and having a device for releasing its contents through a pipe
e : a mix of things to be considered or done

Examples of hopper in a Sentence

  1. The company has several new product ideas in the hopper.

Recent Examples of hopper from the Web

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First Known Use of hopper

13th century


Hopper

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Edward 1882–1967 American artist

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Grace 1906–1992 née Grace Brewster Murray American admiral, mathematician, and computer scientist

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HOPPER Defined for English Language Learners

hopper

noun

Definition of hopper for English Language Learners

  • : someone or something that hops

  • : a container that is used for pouring material (such as grain or coal) into a machine or opening

  • the hopper : a box that bills are put into before they are considered by a legislature


HOPPER Defined for Kids

hopper

noun hop·per \ ˈhä-pər \

Definition of hopper for Students

1 : someone or something that hops
2 : an insect that moves by leaping
3 : a container used for pouring material (as grain or coal) into a machine or a bin
4 : a railroad car for materials that are transported in large quantities


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