hopper

[hop-er]

noun


Idioms

    in the hopper, Informal. in preparation; about to be realized: Plans for the class reunion are in the hopper.

Origin of hopper

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at hop1, -er1

Hopper

[hop-er]

noun

Edward,1882–1967, U.S. painter and etcher.
Grace Murray,1906–92, U.S. naval officer and computer scientist.
(William) De Wolf [duh-woo lf] /də wʊlf/, 1858–1935, U.S. actor.
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British Dictionary definitions for hopper

hopper

noun

a person or thing that hops
a funnel-shaped chamber or reservoir from which solid materials can be discharged under gravity into a receptacle below, esp for feeding fuel to a furnace, loading a railway truck with grain, etc
a machine used for picking hops
any of various long-legged hopping insects, esp the grasshopper, leaf hopper, and immature locust
Also called: hoppercar an open-topped railway truck for bulk transport of loose minerals, etc, unloaded through doors on the underside
Southern African another name for cocopan
computing a device formerly used for holding punched cards and feeding them to a card punch or card reader

Hopper

noun

Edward. 1882–1967, US painter, noted for his realistic depiction of everyday scenes
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Word Origin and History for hopper
n.2

"container with narrow opening at bottom," late 13c., perhaps an agent noun from hop (v.) via notion of grain juggling in a mill hopper.

n.1

"person or animal that hops," mid-13c., agent noun from hop (v.). From c.1200 as a surname, and perhaps existing in Old English (cf. hoppestre "female dancer").

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hopper in Science

Hopper

[hŏpər]Grace Murray 1906-1992

American mathematician and computer programmer who in 1951 conceived the idea for an internal computer program, called a compiler, that scanned a set of alphanumeric instructions (such as words and symbols) and compiled a set of binary instructions executed by the machine. Her ideas were widely influential in the development of programming languages, in particular COBOL.
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