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 geologic 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
from the horse's mouth
: 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 horse (audio) \ adjective
horselike \ ˈhȯrs-​ˌlīk How to pronounce horse (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 Louisville Live will coincide with live horse racing at the historic track. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, 15 Sep. 2021 Sixty online licenses will be granted, with the Orioles, Ravens, and Washington Football Team each getting licenses at their stadiums, plus six casinos, eight horse racing tracks, and a couple of bingo halls. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2021 Episode 3 explores how the shift in United States immigration policy towards Central America during the Trump administration impacted the horse racing industry. Nasha Smith, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The charm of Saratoga Springs aside, August has not been kind to horse racing. New York Times, 27 Aug. 2021 Executives are terrified of losing younger fans and worry that the sport is at risk of becoming the next horse racing or boxing. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 During the Taneytown years, much emphasis was put on growth from facilities and exhibits to entertainment and horse racing, but 1923-1946 proved difficult years for many, and extra money to attend was scarce. David Buie, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 22 Aug. 2021 Some might argue the owner—who, according to Booth, is equally passionate about horse racing—got a little carried away with the polarizing color scheme. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 13 Aug. 2021 After fan outcry, the name was changed to Racing Louisville FC, a reference to Kentucky horse-racing and an homage to the many historic soccer clubs named Racing around the world. Portland Timbers And Thorns Fc, oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2021 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, 21 Mar. 2020 Don’t allow any compromises to horse and jockey safety. Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2019 In that case, shipments got mixed up and cattle feed was delivered to horse barns. Los Angeles Times, 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, 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, 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, 22 Aug. 2019 But, step by step, her brand of fascism gets Trojan-horsed into viral celebrity. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, 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, 5 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Now she's won the biggest race of them all, one that even non-horse racing enthusiasts turn on to watch and one that first captured Blackmore's imagination. Steve Douglas, ajc, 10 Apr. 2021 This rare spread of talents means that one Macan can effectively turn your single-car garage into a multi-horse stable. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 18 Nov. 2020 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, 11 June 2019 Horse hooves thunder down green acres as mallets clank against polo balls in the setting sun. Elisabeth Moughon, The Courier-Journal, 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, 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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Last Updated

19 Sep 2021

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“Horse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horse. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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 : sawhorse
: a large piece of equipment used in gymnastics : pommel horse

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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