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 for hook
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hook \Hook\ (h[oo^]k; 277), 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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. That part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on
        which a door or gate hangs and turns.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. An implement for cutting grass or grain; a sickle; an
        instrument for cutting or lopping; a billhook.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Like slashing Bentley with his desperate hook.
                                                    --Pope.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. (Steam Engin.) See Eccentric, and V-hook.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     5. A snare; a trap. [R.] --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     6. A field sown two years in succession. [Prov. Eng.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
     7. pl. The projecting points of the thigh bones of cattle; --
        called also hook bones.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     8. (Geog.) A spit or narrow cape of sand or gravel turned
        landward at the outer end; as, Sandy Hook in New Jersey.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
  
     9. (Sports) The curving motion of a ball, as in bowling or
        baseball, curving away from the hand which threw the ball;
        in golf, a curving motion in the direction of the golfer
        who struck the ball.
        [PJC]
  
     10. (Computers) A procedure within the encoding of a computer
         program which allows the user to modify the program so as
         to import data from or export data to other programs.
         [PJC]
  
     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 hook, freed from some obligation or difficulty; as,
        to get off the hook by getting someone else to do the job.
        [Colloq.]
  
     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.
  
     On one's own hook, on one's own account or responsibility;
        by one's self. [Colloq. U.S.] --Bartlett.
  
     To go off the hooks, to die. [Colloq.] --Thackeray.
  
     Bid hook, a small boat hook.
  
     Chain hook. See under Chain.
  
     Deck hook, a horizontal knee or frame, in the bow of a
        ship, on which the forward part of the deck rests.
  
     Hook and eye, one of the small wire hooks and loops for
        fastening together the opposite edges of a garment, etc.
        
  
     Hook bill (Zool.), the strongly curved beak of a bird.
  
     Hook ladder, a ladder with hooks at the end by which it can
        be suspended, as from the top of a wall.
  
     Hook motion (Steam Engin.), a valve gear which is reversed
        by V hooks.
  
     Hook squid, any squid which has the arms furnished with
        hooks, instead of suckers, as in the genera
        Enoploteuthis and Onychteuthis.
  
     Hook wrench, a wrench or spanner, having a hook at the end,
        instead of a jaw, for turning a bolthead, nut, or
        coupling.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hook \Hook\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hooked; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Hooking.]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Hook him, my poor dear, . . . at any sacrifice. --W.
                                                    Collins.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To seize or pierce with the points of the horns, as cattle
        in attacking enemies; to gore.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. To steal. [Colloq. Eng. & U.S.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
     To hook on, to fasten or attach by, or as by, hook.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hook \Hook\, v. i.
     1. To bend; to curve as a hook.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. 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.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hook
      n 1: a catch for locking a door
      2: a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook [syn:
         hook, crotchet]
      3: anything that serves as an enticement [syn: bait, come-
         on, hook, lure, sweetener]
      4: a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold
         or pull something [syn: hook, claw]
      5: a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling
         something
      6: a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed
         golfer; "he took lessons to cure his hooking" [syn: hook,
         draw, hooking]
      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, hook]
      v 1: fasten with a hook [ant: unhook]
      2: rip off; ask an unreasonable price [syn: overcharge,
         soak, surcharge, gazump, fleece, plume, pluck,
         rob, hook] [ant: undercharge]
      3: make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread
         with a hooked needle; "She sat there crocheting all day"
         [syn: crochet, hook]
      4: 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: hook,
         snitch, thieve, cop, knock off, glom]
      6: make off with belongings of others [syn: pilfer, cabbage,
         purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook,
         sneak, filch, nobble, lift]
      7: hit with a hook; "His opponent hooked him badly"
      8: catch with a hook; "hook a fish"
      9: to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on
         something, especially a narcotic drug) [syn: addict,
         hook]
      10: secure with the foot; "hook the ball"
      11: entice and trap; "The car salesman had snared three
          potential customers" [syn: hook, snare]
      12: approach with an offer of sexual favors; "he was solicited
          by a prostitute"; "The young man was caught soliciting in
          the park" [syn: hook, solicit, accost]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  353 Moby Thesaurus words for "hook":
     L, Long Melford, abstract, acquitted, all the way, allure, anchor,
     anchorage, and, and sinker, angle, angle off, annex, apex,
     appropriate, arc, arch, argue into, articulate, backhand,
     backhander, backstroke, bag, bait, bait the hook, baited trap, bar,
     batten, batten down, belt, bend, bend back, berth, bifurcate,
     bifurcation, bight, bill, birdlime, bola, bolo punch, bolt, boom,
     boost, borrow, bow, branch, breakwater, bring over, bring round,
     bring to reason, buckle, butt, button, cabbage, cant, cape,
     captivate, capture, catacaustic, catch, catch out, catenary,
     caustic, charm, chersonese, chevron, circle, clasp, claws, cleared,
     cleat, clip, clotheshorse, clothespin, clutches, cobweb, coin,
     collar, come what may, come-on, completely, con, conchoid,
     convince, cop, coral reef, corner, crane, crank, crib, crook,
     crotchet, curl, curve, decoy, decoy duck, decurve, deflect,
     deflection, defraud, delta, diacaustic, digits, dogleg, dome,
     dovetail, dragnet, draw over, drawcard, drawing card, elbow, ell,
     ellipse, embezzle, embow, endearment, enmesh, ensnare, ensnarl,
     entangle, entirely, entoil, entrap, enweb, exonerated, extort,
     fangs, fastener, festoon, filch, fingernails, fingers, fishhook,
     flex, fly, foreland, fork, foul, furcate, furcation, gain,
     gain over, gallows, garter, gibbet, gill net, gin, grab,
     ground bait, hake, hands, hanger, harpoon, hasp, haymaker, head,
     headland, hinge, hitch, holder, hook, hook in, hooks, horse, hump,
     hunch, hyperbola, in the clear, incurvate, incurve, inflect,
     inflection, inveigle, jam, jaws, jig, joint, knee, knob, land,
     lariat, lasso, latch, let off, liberate, lift, lime, line, lituus,
     lock, loop, lure, make off with, mandibles, maxillae, meathooks,
     mesh, meshes, miter, mitts, mooring, mooring buoy, moorings,
     mortise, mudhook, mull, nab, nail, nails, naze, ness, net, nick,
     nip, nippers, nook, noose, off, one-two, out of it, outtalk, palm,
     parabola, peg, peninsula, persuade, pilfer, pin, pincers, pinch,
     plug, poach, point, pothook, pounces, pound net, prevail on,
     prevail upon, prevail with, promontory, purloin, purse seine,
     quoin, rabbet, recurve, reef, reflect, reflex, remove, retroflex,
     ring, rip off, rivet, rob, rope, round, round-arm blow, roundhouse,
     run away with, rustle, sack, sag, sandspit, scarf, screw, scrounge,
     seine, seize, sell, sell one on, set free, sew, shoplift,
     short-arm blow, sidewinder, sinus, skewer, slip, snag, snap, snare,
     snarl, snatch, sniggle, snitch, somehow or other, someway, spar,
     spear, spinner, spit, spread the toils, springe, spur, squid,
     staple, steal, stick, stitch, stud, suspenders, suspensory, swag,
     sway, sweep, swerve, swindle, swing, swipe, tack, take, talk into,
     talk over, talons, tangle, tangle up with, teeth, thieve,
     thoroughly, through and through, toggle, toils, tongue, totally,
     tracery, trap, trawl, trip, turn, unguals, ungulae, uppercut,
     utterly, vault, veer, vertex, vindicated, walk off with, wangle,
     wangle into, wear down, wedge, wholly, win, win over, wind,
     wobbler, yard, yardarm, zag, zig, zigzag, zipper
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  hook
   n.
  
      A software or hardware feature included in order to simplify later
      additions or changes by a user. For example, a simple program that prints
      numbers might always print them in base 10, but a more flexible version
      would let a variable determine what base to use; setting the variable to 5
      would make the program print numbers in base 5. The variable is a simple
      hook. An even more flexible program might examine the variable and treat a
      value of 16 or less as the base to use, but treat any other number as the
      address of a user-supplied routine for printing a number. This is a hairy
      but powerful hook; one can then write a routine to print numbers as Roman
      numerals, say, or as Hebrew characters, and plug it into the program
      through the hook. Often the difference between a good program and a superb
      one is that the latter has useful hooks in judiciously chosen places. Both
      may do the original job about equally well, but the one with the hooks is
      much more flexible for future expansion of capabilities ({EMACS, for
      example, is all hooks). The term user exit is synonymous but much more
      formal and less hackish.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  HOOK
  
     ? Object Oriented Kernel.  Delphia.  An object-oriented
     extension of Delphia Prolog.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  hook
  
      A software or hardware feature included in
     order to simplify later additions or changes by a user.
  
     For example, a simple program that prints numbers might always
     print them in base 10, but a more flexible version would let a
     variable determine what base to use; setting the variable to 5
     would make the program print numbers in base 5.  The variable
     is a simple hook.  An even more flexible program might examine
     the variable and treat a value of 16 or less as the base to
     use, but treat any other number as the address of a
     user-supplied routine for printing a number.  This is a
     hairy but powerful hook; one can then write a routine to
     print numbers as Roman numerals, say, or as Hebrew characters,
     and plug it into the program through the hook.
  
     Often the difference between a good program and a superb one
     is that the latter has useful hooks in judiciously chosen
     places.  Both may do the original job about equally well, but
     the one with the hooks is much more flexible for future
     expansion of capabilities.
  
     Emacs, for example, is *all* hooks.
  
     The term "user exit" is synonymous but much more formal and
     less hackish.
  
     (1997-06-25)
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Hook
     (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.
     

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