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
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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: from the original source

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

In the meaning defined above

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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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As a girl growing up in Ireland in the 1980s, Gleeson suffered from an arthritic condition that eroded her hip, requiring multiple procedures and ending in a fusion now performed only on horses. Melanie Thernstrom, New York Times, "Wresting Insight, and Poetry, From Pain," 24 Mar. 2020 That was long enough for the world to go through two world wars and switch from riding horses to rockets. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "The 7mm Showdown: 7x57 vs. 7mm-08 Rem. vs. .284 Win.," 20 Mar. 2020 As a boy, Cofer used to ride on horses through the hills of Annandale to the limestone arches of the cave to play inside. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Troubled Waters," 27 Feb. 2020 In the summer of 2009, he famously was snapped riding a horse while in the buff. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Vladimir Putin's strangest propaganda moments," 21 Feb. 2020 Boldenone is sold under the brand name Equipose and is used commonly on horses. BostonGlobe.com, "Mike Trout rips cheating Astros, calls for bigger punishment," 17 Feb. 2020 Visitors hike or ride horses up the volcano rim to peer into its crater; Taal Lake lures boaters and bathers, and its shores and slopes hold amusement parks, picnic groves, and hotels with panoramic vistas. National Geographic, "Traveling to the Philippines? What to know about the volcano," 16 Jan. 2020 But this space that normally was just like, cowboys and Indians and white men riding around on horses. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Books We Read Last Year: Women Who Travel Podcast," 14 Jan. 2020 Till Lauer’s surrealist take on the now-famous image of Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s dictator, riding a horse accompanied a Banyan column on his country’s strange propaganda. The Economist, "The year, illustrated 2019 in review: Ten illustrations that sum up the year," 30 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The $450 billion global industry is reeling from the shutdown of professional sports—from professional soccer and basketball to horse racing—as governments around the world clamp down with increasing severity on mass gatherings. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "Life without sports—betting firms begin to tally up their coronavirus losses," 21 Mar. 2020 Don’t allow any compromises to horse and jockey safety. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Readers have advice for Craig Fravel," 19 Sep. 2019 In that case, shipments got mixed up and cattle feed was delivered to horse barns. Los Angeles Times, "Justify failed drug test because of contaminated feed, California racing board says," 12 Sep. 2019 Tom Wolfe’s subjects ranged from Hugh Hefner to Chuck Yeager to horse breeding to the social life of Miami retirement homes. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "James Bagehot: The Great Victorian Journalist," 12 Sep. 2019 The horse vaccination program is limited to the Merrimack Valley for now, but the MSPCA will look to expand its services to horse owners elsewhere based on need and available resources. Hanna Krueger, BostonGlobe.com, "MSPCA launches emergency EEE vaccination clinic after five horses die in 10 days," 30 Aug. 2019 The bonus account is funded by a percentage of slots revenue allocated to horse racing and by a cut of overall betting at the tracks. Doug Donovan, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland horse racing commission dominated by industry players. They manage cash awards -- and win them.," 22 Aug. 2019 But, step by step, her brand of fascism gets Trojan-horsed into viral celebrity. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "“Years and Years” Forces Us Into the Future," 22 July 2019 On Wednesday the National Veterinary Services Laboratory reported positive test results on samples submitted from two Weld County horses at different locations. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Two horses in Weld County test positive for vesicular stomatitis; first known 2019 cases in the state," 5 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While horse deaths nationwide have been on the decline -- from 790 racehorses in 2009 to 493 last year, according to the Jockey Club -- Santa Anita's numbers have fluctuated over the years. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "29 horses have died at Santa Anita this season. It's nowhere near the track's deadliest year -- not by a long shot," 11 June 2019 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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The first known use of horse was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

30 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Horse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horse. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for horse

horse

noun
How to pronounce horse (audio)

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
from the horse's mouth
: from the original source

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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