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horse

noun \ ˈhȯrs \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of horse

plural horses also horse
1 a (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
2 a : 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

horseless

play \ˈhȯr-sləs\ adjective

horselike

play \ˈhȯrs-ˌlīk\ adjective
from the horse's mouth
: from the original source

Examples of horse in a Sentence

  1. a car with 275 horses

  2. He lost a lot of money on the horses.

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Origin and Etymology of horse

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

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horse

verb

Definition of horse

horsed; horsing
transitive verb
1 : to provide with a horse (see horse 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

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Origin and Etymology of horse

see 1horse


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horse

adjective

Definition of horse

1 a : of or relating to a horse (see horse 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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Origin and Etymology of horse

see 1horse

Other Equestrian Terms


HORSE Defined for English Language Learners

horse

noun

Definition of horse for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

horse

noun \ ˈhȯrs \

Definition of horse for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

horse

noun \ ˈhȯ(ə)rs \

medical Definition of horse

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

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