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herd

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noun \ˈhərd\

Definition of herd

  1. 1a :  a typically large group of animals of one kind kept together under human control <a herd of cattle>b :  a congregation of gregarious wild animals <herds of antelopes>

  2. 2a (1) :  a group of people usually having a common bond <a herd of tourists> (2) :  a large assemblage of like things <herds of cars>b :  the undistinguished masses :  crowd <isolate the individual prophets from the herd — Norman Cousins>

herdlike

play \ˈhərd-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of herd in a sentence

  1. The herd grazed peacefully in the pasture.

  2. A herd of shoppers waited anxiously for the store to open.

Origin and Etymology of herd

Middle English, from Old English heord; akin to Old High German herta herd, Middle Welsh cordd troop, Lithuanian kerdžius shepherd


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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herd

verb

Definition of herd

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to gather, lead, or drive as if in a herd (see 1herd 1a) <herded the children into the car>b :  to keep or move (animals) together <dogs that are trained to herd sheep>

  3. 2 :  to place in a group <herd us with their kindred fools — Jonathan Swift>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to assemble or move in a herd (see 1herd) <herding onto the subway>

  6. 2 :  to place oneself in a group :  associate <it is desirable that young noblemen should herd — Sir Walter Scott>

Examples of herd in a sentence

  1. The horses were herded into the corral.

  2. We left the hotel and were herded onto a bus.

  3. They herded the students into the auditorium.

  4. The commuters herded onto the train.

Origin and Etymology of herd

see 1herd


First Known Use: 13th century



HERD Defined for English Language Learners

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herd

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noun \ˈhərd\

Definition of herd for English Language Learners

  • : a group of animals that live or are kept together

  • : a large group of people

  • the herd : common people : people as a group


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herd

verb

Definition of herd for English Language Learners

  • : to gather and move (a group of animals)

  • : to move (people) in a group

  • : to form a group or move as a group


HERD Defined for Kids

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herd

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noun \ˈhərd\

Definition of herd for Students

  1. :  a number of animals of one kind kept or living together <a herd of cows>


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herd

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verb

Definition of herd for Students

herded

herding

  1. :  to gather and move as a group <herd cattle>

herder

\ˈhərd-ər\ noun


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