- The exterior inclining angle created by the junction of the sides of adjacent sloping roofs, excluding the ridge angle.
- The rafter at this angle.
- In a truss, the joint at which the upper chord meets an inclined end post.
- noun a leg-side fielding position (or the player occupying it) roughly equivalent to the modern square leg. Originally the term indicated the general area square of the wicket on the leg-side, as if starting from the hip of the batsman, whose stance was more ‘two-eyed’ in the early game.Citation ‘If the ball is directed to the legs of the striker, or near stump, it is frequently hit to the hip’ (Lambert 1816)
- The seed capsule of a flower, used especially of the rose
- noun (written as Hip)a NATO name for the Soviet-designed Mi-8 and Mi-17 attack helicopters
- acronym forHome Information Pack (written as HIP)
Origin & History of “hip”
English has two hips. The anatomical hip (OE) comes from a prehistoric Germanic *khupiz, whose formal and semantic similarity to Greek kúbos ‘six-sided figure’, hence ‘pelvic cavity’ (source of English cube) suggests that the two may be related. The rose-hip (OE) goes back to a west Germanic *kheup-, which survives also in Dutch joop ‘rose-hip’.