2. Having qualities which excite hope; affording promise of good or of success; as, a hopeful youth; a
hopeful prospect. "Hopeful scholars." Addison.
Hope"ful*ly, adv. Hope"ful*ness, n.
(Hope"ite) n. [Named after Professor Hope, of Edinburgh.] (Min.) A hydrous phosphate of
zinc in transparent prismatic crystals.
1. Destitute of hope; having no expectation of good; despairing.
I am a woman, friendless, hopeless.Shak.
2. Giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate; as, a hopeless cause.
The hopelessword of "never to return"Shak.
Breathe I against thee, upon pain of life.
3. Unhoped for; despaired of. [Obs.] Marston.
Hope"less*ly, adv. Hope"less*ness, n.
(Hop"er) n. One who hopes. Swift.
(Hop"ing*ly), adv. In a hopeful manner. Hammond.
(Hop"lite) n. [Gr. fr. tool, weapon: cf. F. hoplite.] (Gr. Antiq.) A heavy-armed infantry soldier.
(Hop"-o'-my-thumb" Hop"-thumb"), n. A very diminutive person. [Colloq.] liwell.
(Hopped) p. a. Impregnated with hops.
(Hop"per) n. [See 1st Hop.]
1. One who, or that which, hops.
2. A chute, box, or receptacle, usually funnel-shaped with an opening at the lower part, for delivering
or feeding any material, as to a machine; as, the wooden box with its trough through which grain passes
into a mill by joining or shaking, or a funnel through which fuel passes into a furnace, or coal, etc., into a
3. (Mus.) See Grasshopper, 2.
4. pl. A game. See Hopscotch. Johnson.
5. (Zoöl.) (a) See Grasshopper, and Frog hopper, Grape hopper, Leaf hopper, Tree hopper, under
Frog, Grape, Leaf, and Tree. (b) The larva of a cheese fly.
6. (Naut.) A vessel for carrying waste, garbage, etc., out to sea, so constructed as to discharge its
load by a mechanical contrivance; called also dumping scow.
Bell and hopper (Metal.), the apparatus at the top of a blast furnace, through which the charge is
introduced, while the gases are retained. Hopper boy, a rake in a mill, moving in a circle to spread
meal for drying, and to draw it over an opening in the floor, through which it falls. Hopper closet,
a water- closet, without a movable pan, in which the receptacle is a funnel standing on a draintrap.
Hopper cock, a faucet or valve for flushing the hopper of a water-closet.