horse·​hide | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌhīd How to pronounce horsehide (audio) \

Definition of horsehide

1 : the dressed or raw hide of a horse
2 : the ball used in the game of baseball

Examples of horsehide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet the integrity of the game continues to be threatened by a spheroid that costs about $9 and could be affected by even the simple act of a mosquito buzzing around the horsehide of a cow. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB study on juiced balls can't explain much: 'Have to accept ... the baseball is going to vary'," 11 Dec. 2019 Fashion is retrofitted: Chevette, a bike messenger, wears a vintage horsehide motorcycle jacket with bar codes affixed to its lapels. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "How William Gibson Keeps His Science Fiction Real," 9 Dec. 2019 In the 1970s, the cover material changed from horsehide to cowhide, and the manufacturer of the official ball switched from Spalding to Rawlings. Emma Baccellieri,, "The Home Runs Keep Increasing, But Are the Baseballs Different After All?," 29 May 2018 From the 2018 Official Baseball Rules: The ball shall be a sphere formed by yarn wound around a small core of cork, rubber or similar material, covered with two strips of white horsehide or cowhide, tightly stitched together. Emma Baccellieri,, "The Home Runs Keep Increasing, But Are the Baseballs Different After All?," 29 May 2018 People do try to outdo each other with their horsehide motorcycle find or their reversible gabardine jacket find. Liza Corsillo, GQ, "Design Dealer Patrick Parrish Talks Flea Market Fashion and When To Grab Furniture Off the Street," 13 Mar. 2018 There is no sense trying to get into a WAR of numerical horsehide attrition with Keith Law. Tom Hoffarth, Orange County Register, "Hoffarth on the media: ESPN’s Keith Law brings order to new-age MLB stats," 20 June 2017 They are often treated as sacred horsehide monks or something. Mark Purdy, The Mercury News, "Purdy: Forget the tinkering, let’s overhaul these baseball rules," 28 Mar. 2017 The bowler (hurler, thrower or feeder), as the pitcher is called, threw the apple (pill, horsehide or onion), the ball, over the dish (home plate) as the striker (hitter) tried to hit it with his willow (bat). Carol Kovach,, "Vintage base ball clubs engage in friendly competition for the Western Reserve Cup," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of horsehide

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Horsehide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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