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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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 Outside, there's a great patio area complete with fire pit and horseshoe pit, plus a second-floor porch. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Former Power Plant Is Hiding An Impeccable Modern Home," 11 Dec. 2018 The property’s horseshoe shape marks the path of the sun throughout the day, and oversized windows provide panoramic views of the forest and Mount Disney slopes. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Modern ski chalet wants $3.8M near Tahoe," 30 Nov. 2018 Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Shaped like a horseshoe, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea has views of the Pacific Ocean from almost every guest room. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The model is the newest face of True Religion's Fall 2018 campaign, appearing topless in a pair of dark wash jeans complete with the the brand's signature horseshoe emblem pockets (and a hip chain belt, nonetheless). Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Is Bringing Back Your Favorite Jeans From The 2000s," 21 Aug. 2018 Still, the Queen has her torso turned creating a horseshoe formation between the three of them, which is her way to bring the family closer together. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Body Language Experts Analyze Queen Elizabeth's Relationship With Her Grandchildren," 1 Aug. 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

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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