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
horseshoerplay \ˈhȯrs-ˌshü-ər, ˈhȯrsh-\ noun
Examples of horseshoe in a Sentence
The lake was a horseshoe surrounded by tall pine trees.
Recent Examples of horseshoe from the Web
With 16 million people, the state hugs Mexico City like a horseshoe, spanning everything from posh suburbs to huge slums whose residents endure long, miserable commutes to jobs in the capital.
The sports are archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, race walk, raquetball, road race, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, triathlon and volleyball.
The floor seating appeared more or less full, as was the horseshoe of bleachers nearest the floor and the first balcony above that.
Tropical plantings, lawns and a horseshoe pit fill out grounds of more than an acre.
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First Known Use of horseshoe
HORSESHOE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of horseshoe for Students
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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