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

Other Words from horseshoe

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

Examples of horseshoe in a Sentence

The lake was a horseshoe surrounded by tall pine trees.
Recent Examples on the Web Around the horseshoe and beyond Who should oversee L.A.'s 10th District? David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2022 Over nine months, audio surveys were conducted in 23 spots in the national park, revealing the presence of Hill's horseshoe bats at eight locations confined to a small area, according to Bat Conservation International. NBC News, 10 Mar. 2022 Russia has deployed tanks and artillery, fighter jets and helicopters, advanced rocket systems and troops by the thousands all across Belarus, augmenting a fighting force that will soon envelope Ukraine like a horseshoe on three sides. New York Times, 29 Jan. 2022 Located on the banks of the Katsuura River, on a double-horseshoe bend in the remote mountain town of Kamikatsu in southern Japan, the center was opened in 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic and has become a new heart for the community. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 25 Jan. 2022 On the ninth turn, a nasty horseshoe-shape curve, his luck ran out. New York Times, 4 Jan. 2022 The pitcher was merely the fielder in the middle of the diamond who tossed the ball underhand — as if pitching a horseshoe — to home plate. New York Times, 15 Aug. 2021 But when the spores are ready to launch, the cells start to dry out and stretch the annulus until a link at one end breaks, turning the hoop into a horseshoe. Helen Czerski, WSJ, 25 June 2021 Caterers would serve teppanyaki to students seated at a horseshoe of tables around the edge of the school’s quad. Invitations were sent. New York Times, 6 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of horseshoe

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Horseshoe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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