hopper

noun
hop·​per | \ ˈhä-pər How to pronounce hopper (audio) \

Definition of hopper

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : 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

Hopper

biographical name (1)
Hop·​per | \ ˈhä-pər How to pronounce Hopper (audio) \

Definition of Hopper (Entry 2 of 4)

Edward 1882–1967 American artist

Hopper

biographical name (2)

Definition of Hopper (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Hopper

biographical name (3)

Definition of Hopper (Entry 4 of 4)

(William) DeWolf 1858–1935 American actor

Examples of hopper in a Sentence

Noun The company has several new product ideas in the hopper.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Let your favorite vineyard hopper visit the historic Trimbach vineyards in Alsace, France, from their living room! Alicia Cypress, USA TODAY, "21 gift ideas for the wine lover in your life," 16 Dec. 2020 Since it was first noticed in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 2014, the spotted lanternfly—a one-inch-long plant hopper that resembles a moth and is native to China—has been wreaking havoc on East Coast lumber, tree fruit and wine industries. Claire Marie Porter, Scientific American, "How You Can Help Stop Invasive Spotted Lanternflies," 24 Dec. 2020 Let your favorite vineyard hopper visit the historic Trimbach vineyards in Alsace, France, from their living room! Alicia Cypress, USA TODAY, "21 gift ideas for the wine lover in your life," 16 Dec. 2020 Hours later, agents discovered 11 more individuals locked inside another grain hopper car in a separate train inspection. Fox News, "Border Patrol in Texas finds nearly 2 dozen illegal immigrants trapped inside freight train cars," 15 Dec. 2020 Let your favorite vineyard hopper visit the historic Trimbach vineyards in Alsace, France, from their living room! Alicia Cypress, USA TODAY, "21 gift ideas for the wine lover in your life," 16 Dec. 2020 The amount of meat that a grinder can process per minute is not just a function of motor size, but also of the auger configuration, hopper size, and internal elements such as the number of blades on the knife and the size of the grinding discs. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Features You Need in Your First Meat Grinder," 23 Nov. 2020 Disney has been selling tickets with the park hopper option to prepare for the change. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney World is bringing back Park Hopper tickets starting Jan. 1," 20 Nov. 2020 The Ironwood 885 can hold up to 20 pounds of pellets in its hopper. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Smoking meat made easy: Traeger grill lets you concentrate on the meat, not the fire," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of hopper

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Hopper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hopper. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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hopper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hopper

: someone or something that hops
: a container that is used for pouring material (such as grain or coal) into a machine or opening
: a box that bills are put into before they are considered by a legislature

hopper

noun
hop·​per | \ ˈhä-pər How to pronounce hopper (audio) \

Kids Definition of hopper

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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