horse·shoe | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌshü , 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, ˈhȯrsh- \ noun

Examples of horseshoe in a Sentence

The lake was a horseshoe surrounded by tall pine trees.

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In addition to the precious-metal badge, the SV Coupe comes with an optional two-toned paint for the doors and liftgate in either gloss or satin finish, creating a horseshoe effect. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Got $360K burning a hole in your pocket? Check out the Range Rover SV Coupe," 16 June 2018 Cheryl Rainsberger, manager of the Beardall Senior Center, says today the center is offering classes in horseshoes, beginning Tai Chi, line dance and Asian folk dance. Cassie Armstrong,, "National Senior Health & Fitness Day: How to celebrate in Central Florida," 30 May 2018 Their logo features a behemoth burger with a toothpick boasting a fleur de lis inside a horseshoe. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "The best burger in Mexico might just be made by this Kentucky native," 10 May 2018 The group formed a horseshoe around the edges of the room, covering every inch of wall space, leaving only five of us spotlighted in the center, ready to perform. Abigail Rasminsky, Longreads, "Dance Me to the End of Love," 8 Jan. 2018 Media: Hollyscoop Some kids rode horses; others threw horseshoes and beanbags or tried their hand at twrirling a rope. Alyson Ward, Houston Chronicle, "At Lil' Rustlers Rodeo, special-needs kids sample rodeo life," 6 Mar. 2018 Esquer Park Esquer Park has a splash playground, as well as other amenities like a skate park and horseshoes. azcentral, "45 Phoenix area splash pads, parks and water features," 14 June 2018 The company also will construct a fitness area, various walking paths and courts for horseshoes, bocce ball and bean bags. Michelle Mullins, Daily Southtown, "Homer Glen OKs $2.6 million for new playground, sensory garden; work to begin soon," 13 July 2018 There's also an archery range, horseshoe pit, and wedding reception site. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's 7 best parks and recreation areas that you have to explore," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of horseshoe

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of horseshoe was in the 14th century

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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

horseshoes : 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 \

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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