horseshoe

noun horse·shoe \ ˈhȯrs-ˌshü , ˈhȯrsh- \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

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

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.

Recent Examples of horseshoe from the Web

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First Known Use of horseshoe

14th century


HORSESHOE Defined for English Language Learners

horseshoe

noun

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

noun horse·shoe \ ˈhȯrs-ˌshü \

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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