noun horse·shoe \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
HORSESHOER Defined for Kids


noun horse·shoe \ˈhrs-ˌshü\

Definition of HORSESHOE for Kids

:  a protective iron plate that is nailed to the rim of a horse's hoof
:  something shaped like a horseshoe <They put the horseshoe of roses around his neck. — Walter Farley, The Black Stallion>
horseshoes plural :  a game in which horseshoes are tossed at a stake in the ground


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