specifically: an immature hopping form of an insect (such as a grasshopper or locust)
[from the shaking motion of hoppers used to feed grain into a mill]
: 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
: a freight car with a floor sloping to one or more hinged doors for discharging bulk materials
called alsohopper car
: a box in which a bill to be considered by a legislative body is dropped
: a tank holding liquid and having a device for releasing its contents through a pipe
: a mix of things to be considered or done
Examples of hopper in a Sentence
The company has several new product ideas in the hopper.
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