Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Hook"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

(1.) Heb. hah, a "ring" inserted in the nostrils of animals to
which a cord was fastened for the purpose of restraining them (2
Kings 19:28; Isa. 37:28, 29; Ezek. 29:4; 38:4). "The Orientals
make use of this contrivance for curbing their
work-beasts...When a beast becomes unruly they have only to draw
the cord on one side, which, by stopping his breath, punishes
him so effectually that after a few repetitions he fails not to
become quite tractable whenever he begins to feel it"
(Michaelis). So God's agents are never beyond his control.

(2.) Hakkah, a fish "hook" (Job 41:2, Heb. Text, 40:25; Isa.
19:8; Hab. 1:15).

(3.) Vav, a "peg" on which the curtains of the tabernacle were
hung (Ex. 26:32).

(4.) Tsinnah, a fish-hooks (Amos 4:2).

(5.) Mazleg, flesh-hooks (1 Sam. 2:13, 14), a kind of fork
with three teeth for turning the sacrifices on the fire, etc.

(6.) Mazmeroth, pruning-hooks (Isa. 2:4; Joel 3:10).

(7.) 'Agmon (Job 41:2, Heb. Text 40:26), incorrectly rendered
in the Authorized Version. Properly a rush-rope for binding
animals, as in Revised Version margin.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hoof \Hoof\, n.

{On the hoof}, of cattle, standing (on the hoof); not
slaughtered. Hook \Hook\, n. (Geog.)
A spit or narrow cape of sand or gravel turned landward at
the outer end; as, Sandy Hook.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hook \Hook\, v. i.
To move or go with a sudden turn; hence [Slang or Prov.
Eng.], to make off; to clear out; -- often with it. ``Duncan
was wounded, and the escort hooked it.'' --Kipling.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hook \Hook\, n. [OE. hok, AS. h[=o]c; cf. D. haak, G. hake,
haken, OHG. h[=a]ko, h[=a]go, h[=a]ggo, Icel. haki, Sw. hake,
Dan. hage. Cf. {Arquebuse}, {Hagbut}, {Hake}, {Hatch} a half
door, {Heckle}.]
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.

Like slashing Bentley with his desperate hook.

4. (Steam Engin.) See {Eccentric}, and {V-hook}.

5. A snare; a trap. [R.] --Shak.

6. A field sown two years in succession. [Prov. Eng.]

7. pl. The projecting points of the thigh bones of cattle; --
called also {hook bones}.

{By hook or by crook}, one way or other; by any means, direct
or indirect. --Milton. ``In hope her to attain by hook or
crook.'' --Spenser.

{Off the hooks}, unhinged; disturbed; disordered. [Colloq.]
``In the evening, by water, to the Duke of Albemarle, whom
I found mightly off the hooks that the ships are not gone
out of the river.'' --Pepys.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hook \Hook\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hooked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
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.

Hook him, my poor dear, . . . at any sacrifice. --W.

2. To seize or pierce with the points of the horns, as cattle
in attacking enemies; to gore.

3. To steal. [Colloq. Eng. & U.S.]

{To hook on}, to fasten or attach by, or as by, hook.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hook \Hook\, v. i.
To bend; to curve as a hook.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a catch for locking a door
2: a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook [syn: {crotchet}]
3: anything that serves as an enticement [syn: {bait}, {come-on},
{lure}, {sweetener}]
4: a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or
hold or pull something [syn: {claw}]
5: a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling
6: a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed
golfer; "he tooks lessons to cure his hooking" [syn: {draw},
7: a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the
elbow bent
8: a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is
farther from the basket [syn: {hook shot}]
v 1: fasten with a hook [ant: {unhook}]
2: rip off; ask an unreasonable price [syn: {overcharge}, {soak},
{surcharge}, {gazump}, {fleece}, {plume}, {pluck}, {rob}]
[ant: {undercharge}]
3: interlock [syn: {crochet}]
4: in golf: hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels
to the left
5: take by theft; "Someone snitched my wallet!" [syn: {snitch},
{thieve}, {cop}, {knock off}, {glom}]
6: make off with belongings of others [syn: {pilfer}, {cabbage},
{purloin}, {pinch}, {abstract}, {snarf}, {swipe}, {sneak},
{filch}, {nobble}, {lift}]
7: hit with a hock; in boxing
8: catch with a hook; "hook a fish"
9: to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on
something, esp. a narcotic drug) [syn: {addict}]

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