horse

noun
\ ˈhȯrs How to pronounce horse (audio) \
plural horses also horse

Definition of horse

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a(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 lost a lot of money playing the horses
b : a male horse especially : stallion
c : a recent or extinct animal (such as a zebra, ass, or onager) of the horse family
2a : jackstay
b : a frame usually with legs used for supporting something (such as planks or staging) : sawhorse
c(1) gymnastics : pommel horse
(2) gymnastics : vaulting horse
3 horse plural : cavalry
4 geology : a mass of the same geological character as the wall rock that occurs within a vein of useful mineral matter
5 : horsepower a car with 275 horses
6 slang : heroin
7 : an athlete whose performance is consistently strong and reliable a team with the horses to win the pennant
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
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horse

verb
horsed; horsing

Definition of horse (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to provide with a horse (see horse sense 1a(1)) horsing a coach a horsed vehicle
2 : to move by brute force sweating gunners horsed their pieces into action— Bruce Catton

intransitive verb

of a mare : to be in heat or estrus

horse

adjective

Definition of horse (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : of or relating to a horse (see horse sense 1a(1)) a horse farm
b : hauled or powered by a horse a horse barge
2 : large or coarse of its kind
3 : mounted on horses horse guards

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Noun

horse 1a(1): 1 dock, 2 croup, 3 point of hip, 4 loin, 5 back, 6 withers, 7 mane, 8 crest, 9 poll, 10 forelock, 11 forehead, 12 muzzle, 13 cheek, 14 throatlatch, 15 neck, 16 shoulder, 17 chest, 18 forearm, 19 knee, 20 cannon, 21 fetlock, 22 hoof, 23 chestnut, 24 elbow, 25 barrel, 26 flank, 27 stifle, 28 pastern, 29 coronet, 30 hock, 31 gaskin, 32 tail, 33 thigh, 34 buttock

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Other Words from horse

Noun

horseless \ ˈhȯr-​sləs How to pronounce horseless (audio) \ adjective
horselike \ ˈhȯrs-​ˌlīk How to pronounce horselike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for horse

Synonyms: Noun

equine, nag, steed

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Examples of horse in a Sentence

Noun

a car with 275 horses He lost a lot of money on the horses.

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The designer's tree—dubbed the Tree of Love—has a celestial theme, and according to the Standard, is decorated with six different animals, including an owl, horse, peacock, dove and mouse. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Diane von Furstenberg's Claridge's Christmas Tree Is All About Love," 27 Nov. 2018 Colts Neck is a well-to-do community about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of New York City and is home to horse farms. Mike Catalini, The Seattle Times, "2 kids, 2 adults dead in arson fire at mansion," 21 Nov. 2018 Kevin Plank for several years hosted a party for executives, athletes and VIP guests at his horse farm in Maryland on the eve of the Preakness Stakes. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Under Armour’s #MeToo Moment: No More Strip Clubs on Company Dime," 5 Nov. 2018 On Saturday, The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco married professional equestrian Karl Cook in an intimate outdoor ceremony officiated by a close friend on a horse farm. Anna Millard, refinery29.com, "Kaley Cuoco Is Married & Her Reception Outfit Stole The Show," 1 July 2018 More: 21c owners hope to save historic horse farm by luring bourbon tourists Scott Shapiro provides race analysis for Brisnet.com. Scott Shapiro, The Courier-Journal, "Twinspires.com's free expert pick for Saturday at Churchill Downs," 29 June 2018 In an intimate interview with Rolling Stone, Depp revealed that his first big purchase after becoming a breakout star was a horse farm near Lexington, Kentucky, for his mother. Lydia Price, PEOPLE.com, "How Johnny Depp, Nicole Kidman and More Celebrities Spent Their First Big Paychecks," 28 June 2018 Students who graduated there a year ago are all employed, working at day-care centers and restaurants, a gym, and a horse farm. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "'The choice should be there.' More colleges enroll students with intellectual disabilities," 25 June 2018 In 2004 they were found by the authorities, who set them up in a nice place at a horse farm. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Family bonds prevail in ‘Leave No Trace’," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Segway Polo is similar to horse polo, except that, instead of horses, players cruise the field on Segways. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Meanwhile in ... Kazakhstan, an entire nation is struggling to learn a new alphabet," 7 June 2018 In the aftermath of Justify’s win in the Kentucky Derby, will horse racing ever matter in this country beyond the Triple Crown races? Jim Lefko, San Antonio Express-News, "Sports writers discuss: Did the Saints jump the gun on UTSA's Davenport?," 11 May 2018 The parking lot fills with folks on large tricycles (the beachside alternative to horse and buggy) to welcome family and friends. Vincent Crampton, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Sarasota County: Say bye bye, Ohio for pie pie, Pinecraft," 6 May 2018 Take saddle sores, which aren’t limited to horse riders. Christine Ro, The Atlantic, "How Cycling Clothing Opened Doors for Women," 15 Apr. 2018 Dog trainer to horse whisperer Caldwell is likely best known as a dog trainer at the PetSmart in the Eastgate area of Union Township. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "The join up: When veterans and wild horses build trust with each other," 22 Feb. 2018 When the fish was horsed into shallow water, all the hooks but one were straightened or broken. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Meet Kevin Mattson, the most fished-crazed person in San Diego," 2 Mar. 2018 Local debate: Would horse-and-buggy ordinance force out Amish? Editors, USA TODAY, "5 things you need to know Tuesday," 19 Dec. 2017 But how will horse racing’s summer playground adapt to the world stage – and November weather? Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Del Mar hits horse racing’s world stage. Can California trainers bet on an advantage?," 1 Nov. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Horse hooves thunder down green acres as mallets clank against polo balls in the setting sun. Elisabeth Moughon, The Courier-Journal, "An elegant, nitty-gritty look at the Louisville Polo Club," 27 July 2017 Horse races were canceled at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia and the Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress. Mark Gomez, The Mercury News, "California storm: More rain and wind on the way," 18 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of horse

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for horse

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

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

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horse

noun

English Language Learners 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

horse

noun
\ ˈhȯrs How to pronounce horse (audio) \

Kids Definition of horse

1 : a large hoofed animal that feeds especially on grasses and is used as a work animal and for riding
2 : a frame that supports something (as wood while being cut)
3 : a piece of gymnasium equipment used for vaulting exercises
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horse

noun
\ ˈhȯ(ə)rs How to pronounce horse (audio) \
plural horses also horse

Medical Definition of horse

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

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