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sky +‎ hook



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skyhook (plural skyhooks)

  1. An hook imagined to be suspended in midair.
    • 1995, Daniel Dennett, Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life, ISBN 0-684-80290-2, page 80:
      Those who yearn for skyhooks call those who eagerly settle for cranes "reductionists", and they can often make reductionism seem philistine and heartless.
    • 2012 June 19, Jonnie Hughes, On the Origin of Tepees: The Evolution of Ideas (and Ourselves), New York: Free Press, ISBN 1439110247, page 188:
      It wasn't a miraculous skyhook—no god was needed.
  2. An overhead winch.
    • 2009 January, Mike Brown, “The Art of Dismantling Your Restoration Project”, in Walneck's Classic Cycle Trader, page 109:
      To each bolt attach a short length of chain and then run the individual chains to another large one that is run up to the skyhook, which is nothing more than a ratchet cable winch held by an overhead rafter.
    • 2013, Mike Ginns, Jared's Song: Elrek's Rise, Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, page 394:
      Jeta stood with her knobbly fists on her hips watching the two of them Goo the cylinders to the skyhooks. Those were the invaluable little workhorses of the construction forces everywhere. A simple but powerful grav unit with a winch and a hook.
  3. A helicopter that lifts and transports heavy objects suspended by a heavy cable.