noun \ˈhrs-ˌshü, ˈhrsh-\

: a U-shaped band of iron nailed to the bottom of a horse's hoof as a shoe

: something shaped like a horseshoe

horseshoes : a game in which players try to get horseshoes around a stake in the ground by throwing them at the stake from a certain distance

Full Definition of HORSESHOE

:  a usually U-shaped band of iron fitted and nailed to the rim of a horse's hoof to protect it
:  something (as a valley) shaped like a horseshoe
plural :  a game like quoits played with horseshoes or with horseshoe-shaped pieces of metal
horseshoe transitive verb
horse·sho·er \-ˌshü-ər\ noun

Examples of HORSESHOE

  1. The lake was a horseshoe surrounded by tall pine trees.

First Known Use of HORSESHOE

14th century


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