horse·​shoe | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌshü How to pronounce horseshoe (audio) , ˈhȯrsh-\

Definition of horseshoe

1 : a usually U-shaped band of iron fitted and nailed to the rim of a horse's hoof to protect it
2 : something (such as a valley) shaped like a horseshoe
3 horseshoes plural : a game like quoits played with horseshoes or with horseshoe-shaped pieces of metal

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Other Words from horseshoe

horseshoe transitive verb
horseshoer \ ˈhȯrs-​ˌshü-​ər How to pronounce horseshoer (audio) , ˈhȯrsh-​ \ noun

Examples of horseshoe in a Sentence

The lake was a horseshoe surrounded by tall pine trees.

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That’s why the Justice Department wants to bring to an end its breakup of Standard Oil Co., which started in 1911, along with its efforts to ensure competition in the markets for horseshoes and player-piano rolls. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "Too Soon? DOJ Seeks to End 1911 Standard Oil Breakup, Horseshoe Regulation," 16 Apr. 2019 There are plenty of games, like horseshoes and Ping- Pong, plus a pool and a stocked catch-and-release pond. Kristi Valentini, Redbook, "The No-Fly, All-Fun Vacation," 13 July 2017 Daryl and Sharen enjoyed more than 35 years as seasonal campers at White Pines in Barkhamsted, where he could be found driving his famous Budweiser themed golf cart, or playing horseshoes at the pits that were appropriately named after him., "Daryl McLellan," 7 July 2018 At the scene of the home late Friday, a large brick house with a horseshoe driveway that was cordoned off, investigators could be seen walking through the house and gathering in the home's driveway, where three vehicles were parked. Chelsea Brasted,, "'Minor property dispute' leads to three dead in Marrero: JPSO," 19 May 2018 To gather the necessary caloric reserves, each bird needs to feed on approximately 400,000 horseshoe crabs’ eggs along the eastern seaboard. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Will Big Pharma Help Save Some of the Oldest Marine Life on Earth?," 17 May 2018 Izla Beachfront Hotel is a whitewashed horseshoe of a boutique hotel facing the Caribbean Sea. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "7 Beach Resorts You Can Still Book for Christmas Week," 25 Oct. 2018 The Ring of Fire The Ring of Fire is a 25,000 mile horseshoe shaped ring, accounting for approximately 90 percent of the world's earthquakes, according to the USGS. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "'Big One' talk swirls as 69 massive earthquakes hit the Pacific's Ring of Fire in 48 hours," 22 Aug. 2018 There’s a horseshoe of hard buttons around the multimedia controller and thin strip for the HVAC. Andy Mikonis,, "Auto review: Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet options over $150,000 of drop-top luxury," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of horseshoe

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of horseshoe

: a U-shaped band of iron nailed to the bottom of a horse's hoof as a shoe
: something shaped like a horseshoe
US : a game in which players try to get horseshoes around a stake in the ground by throwing them at the stake from a certain distance


horse·​shoe | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌshü How to pronounce horseshoe (audio) \

Kids Definition of horseshoe

1 : a protective iron plate that is nailed to the rim of a horse's hoof
2 : something shaped like a horseshoe They put the horseshoe of roses around his neck.— Walter Farley, The Black Stallion
3 horseshoes plural : a game in which horseshoes are tossed at a stake in the ground

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