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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Since miners are a superstitious lot, there are five horseshoes placed around the mountain to help bring luck to the eerie caverns. Advertorial, Orange County Register, "History & Heritage: Tipping Our Hat to the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness," 15 Sep. 2019 A decade ago the Dewan Rakyat quietly turned back into a horseshoe. The Economist, "Parliaments get facelifts; but it is politics that really needs one," 27 July 2019 More than twenty years ago, sea lions discovered Willamette Falls, an enormous basalt cascade in the shape of a horseshoe on the Willamette River. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 The only reminders of the Tubbs fire can be found through a lamp shaped like a fire extinguisher near the entrance of the restaurant and a horseshoe hanging over the bar that was recovered in the ashes of the former building. Justin Phillips,, "Return of the Starks: Willi’s Wine Bar reopens in Santa Rosa after Tubbs wildfire," 5 June 2019 The author introduces us to Henry Burden, whose horsehoe-making device fabricated 70 million horseshoes for the U.S. Army. Gregory Crouch, WSJ, "‘Civil War Barons’ Review: Entrepreneurs for the Union," 5 Nov. 2018 No, the noise won’t get to a team whose logo is a horseshoe but could be a pair of earmuffs. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: This Colts team is good. To pretend otherwise is ridiculous. But don't expect it to go to their heads," 24 July 2019 This year's event in Albuquerque, New Mexico, finished this week after athletes competed in 20 events including cycling, swimming, badminton, basketball, horseshoe, tennis, powerwalking, triathlon relay, and track and field. Tim Tadder, CNN, "'The spirit is undaunted': Portraits showcase strength of senior athletes," 29 June 2019 After the parade, Estates residents and guests celebrated in Ramona Oaks Park with games, a horseshoe tournament, food, carnival booths and music from the Black Canyon Blues band. Ramona Sentinel, "Estates celebrates Independence Day with parade, games, music," 11 July 2019

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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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