Definition of skyhook in US English:

skyhook

noun

  • 1A device or piece of equipment for lifting or suspending something high in the air.

    1. 1.1dated Used humorously to refer to the apparent means by which an aircraft remains airborne.
  • 2Basketball
    A very high-arcing hook shot.

    • ‘Well you can't beat Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's skyhook, the single most unstoppable shot in the game's history.’
  • 3Climbing
    A small flattened hook, with an eye for attaching a rope, fixed temporarily into a rock face.

    • ‘One of the favourites was to ask the young lads for some skyhooks.’
    • ‘With small cams, two bolts and some skyhooking he had managed 10 meters, before the nut of one skyhook he was standing on opened.’

Pronunciation

skyhook

/ˈskīˌho͝ok/