horseshoe

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noun horse·shoe \ˈhȯrs-ˌshü, ˈhȯrsh-\

Definition of horseshoe

  1. 1 :  a usually U-shaped band of iron fitted and nailed to the rim of a horse's hoof to protect it

  2. 2 :  something (such as a valley) shaped like a horseshoe

  3. 3 horseshoes plural :  a game like quoits played with horseshoes or with horseshoe-shaped pieces of metal

horseshoe

transitive verb

horseshoer

play \ˈhȯrs-ˌshü-ər, ˈhȯrsh-\ noun

Examples of horseshoe in a sentence

  1. The lake was a horseshoe surrounded by tall pine trees.

14th Century

First Known Use of horseshoe

14th century


HORSESHOE Defined for English Language Learners

horseshoe

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noun horse·shoe \ˈhȯrs-ˌshü, ˈhȯrsh-\

Definition of horseshoe for English Language Learners

  • : 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


HORSESHOE Defined for Kids

horseshoe

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noun horse·shoe \ˈhȯrs-ˌshü\

Definition of horseshoe for Students

  1. 1 :  a protective iron plate that is nailed to the rim of a horse's hoof

  2. 2 :  something shaped like a horseshoe They put the horseshoe of roses around his neck. — Walter Farley, The Black Stallion

  3. 3 horseshoes plural :  a game in which horseshoes are tossed at a stake in the ground



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