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horse

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noun \ˈhȯrs\

Definition of horse

plural

horses

also

horse

  1. 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 :  stallionc :  a recent or extinct animal (as a zebra, ass, or onager ) of the horse family

  2. 2a :  jackstayb :  a frame usually with legs used for supporting something (as planks or staging) :  sawhorsec (1) gymnastics :  pommel horse (2) gymnastics :  vaulting horse

  3. 3 horse plural :  cavalry

  4. 4 geology :  a mass of the same geological character as the wall rock that occurs within a vein of useful mineral matter

  5. 5 :  horsepower <a car with 275 horses>

  6. 6 slang :  heroin

  7. 7 :  an athlete whose performance is consistently strong and reliable <a team with the horses to win the pennant>

  8. 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

  1. :  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.

Illustration of horse

Origin and Etymology of horse

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

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horse

verb

Definition of horse

horsed

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horsing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to provide with a horse (see horse 1a(1)) <horsing a coach> <a horsed vehicle>

  3. 2 :  to move by brute force <sweating gunners horsed their pieces into action — Bruce Catton>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. of a mare :  to be in heat or estrus

Origin and Etymology of horse

see 1horse


First Known Use: before 12th century


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horse

adjective

Definition of horse

  1. 1a :  of or relating to a horse (see horse ) 1a(1)) <a horse farm>b :  hauled or powered by a horse <a horse barge>

  2. 2 :  large or coarse of its kind

  3. 3 :  mounted on horses <horse guards>

Origin and Etymology of horse

see 1horse


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Equestrian Terms



HORSE Defined for English Language Learners

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horse

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noun \ˈhȯrs\

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

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noun \ˈhȯrs\

Definition of horse for Students

  1. 1 :  a large hoofed animal that feeds especially on grasses and is used as a work animal and for riding

  2. 2 :  a frame that supports something (as wood while being cut)

  3. 3 :  a piece of gymnasium equipment used for vaulting exercises

from the horse's mouth

  1. :  from the original source


Medical Dictionary

horse

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noun \ˈhȯ(ə)rs\

Medical Definition of horse

plural

horses

also

horse

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

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