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horse

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noun \ˈhȯrs\

Simple Definition of horse

  • : a large animal that is used for riding and for carrying and pulling things

  • : a frame used to support a piece of wood while it is being cut with a saw

  • : a large piece of equipment used in gymnastics

Full Definition of horse

plural hors·es also horse

  1. 1 a (1) :  a large solid-hoofed herbivorous ungulate mammal (Equus caballus, family Equidae, the horse family) domesticated since prehistoric times and used as a beast of burden, a draft animal, or for riding (2) :  racehorse <play the horses> b :  a male horse; especially :  stallion c :  a recent or extinct animal (as a zebra, ass, or onager) of the horse family

  2. 2 a :  jackstay b :  a frame usually with legs used for supporting something (as planks or staging) c (1) :  pommel horse (2) :  vaulting horse

  3. 3 horse plural :  cavalry

  4. 4 :  a mass of the same geological character as the wall rock occurring within a vein

  5. 5 :  horsepower

  6. 6 slang :  heroin

  7. 7 :  an athlete whose performance is consistently strong and reliable <a team with the horses to win the pennant>

  8. 8 or H-O-R-S-E :  a game in which players take turns attempting to duplicate successful basketball shots, a letter of the word "horse" is awarded for each missed attempt, and the first player to receive all five letters loses

horse·less play \ˈhȯr-sləs\ adjective
horse·like play \ˈhȯrs-ˌlīk\ adjective
from the horse's mouth
  1. :  from the original source

Examples of horse

  1. a car with 275 horses

  2. He lost a lot of money on the horses.



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Origin of horse

Middle English hors, from Old English; akin to Old High German hros horse


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Equestrian Terms


2

horse

verb

Definition of horse

horsedhors·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to provide with a horse

  3. 2 :  to move by brute force

  4. intransitive verb
  5. of a mare :  to be in heat



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of horse

before 12th century


3

horse

adjective

Definition of horse

  1. 1 a :  of or relating to a horse b :  hauled or powered by a horse <a horse barge>

  2. 2 :  large or coarse of its kind

  3. 3 :  mounted on horses <horse guards>



15th Century

First Known Use of horse

15th century

Other Equestrian Terms


Medical Dictionary

horse

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noun \ˈhȯ(ə)rs\

Medical Definition of horse

plural hors·es also horse

  1. :  a large solid-hoofed herbivorous mammal of the genus Equus (E. caballus) domesticated since prehistoric times



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