[ hop-er ]
/ ˈhɒp ər /
a person or thing that hops.
Informal. a person who travels or moves frequently from one place or situation to another (usually used in combination): a two-week tour designed for energetic city-hoppers.
a funnel-shaped chamber or bin in which loose material, as grain or coal, is stored temporarily, being filled through the top and dispensed through the bottom.
Railroads. hopper car.
U.S. Politics. a box into which a proposed legislative bill is dropped and thereby officially introduced.
one of the pieces at each side of a hopper casement.
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Idioms for hopper
in the hopper, Informal. in preparation; about to be realized: Plans for the class reunion are in the hopper.
Words nearby hopper
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British Dictionary definitions for in the hopper (1 of 2)
/ (ˈhɒpə) /
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
British Dictionary definitions for in the hopper (2 of 2)
/ (ˈhɒpə) /
Edward. 1882–1967, US painter, noted for his realistic depiction of everyday scenes
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Scientific definitions for in the hopper
Grace Murray 1906-1992
[ hŏp′ər ]
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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