horse·​shoe | \ˈhȯrs-ˌshü, 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 , ˈhȯrsh-​ \ noun

Examples of horseshoe in a Sentence

The lake was a horseshoe surrounded by tall pine trees.

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The facility featured outdoor bowling, archery, tennis, driving range, badminton, table tennis, horseshoes, shuffleboard, arcade and, of course, miniature golf. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "RetroIndy: Little America and Wonderland kiddie park," 15 June 2018 Riverside Park includes a family center with gymnasium, meeting/function rooms, weight room, craft room, outdoor pool, tennis, baseball, playgrounds, picnic shelters, basketball, horseshoe pit and football. Andrew Hussey, Indianapolis Star, "Best places to fish in the Indianapolis area," 2 July 2018 Other sports equipment included in these bags are horseshoes, bocce balls, soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, volleyballs, kickballs, frisbees, wiffle balls, wiffle bats, badminton racquets, and badminton shuttlecocks. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 29 May 2018 For instance, one study found that certain species in Israel’s Negev Desert, such as the lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros), avoided drinking water of lower quality, while other species appeared to be more pollution-tolerant. Theresa Laverty, Smithsonian, "Where Clean Drinking Water Is Hard To Find, Bats Could Lead the Way," 2 May 2018 Pretty much everyone here appears to be feeling the love, whether joyously shimmying on the dance floor or huddled around one of four horseshoe bars, grooving in place on their barstools. Samantha Melamed,, "Why Jerry Blavat loves me (and literally everyone else at Memories in Margate)," 11 July 2018 And a few more: Charlie Parker’s Diner: Lunch and an all-day breakfast, including the city’s signature horseshoe open-face sandwich, in a World War II-era Quonset hut; 700 North St., Springfield, Ill., 217-241-2104, Katherine Rodeghier,, "Midwest eats: Spice up your meal by dining in one of these repurposed restaurants," 26 June 2018 In addition to the precious-metal badge, the SV Coupe comes with an optional two-toned paint for the doors and liftgate in either gloss or satin finish, creating a horseshoe effect. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Got $360K burning a hole in your pocket? Check out the Range Rover SV Coupe," 16 June 2018 Cheryl Rainsberger, manager of the Beardall Senior Center, says today the center is offering classes in horseshoes, beginning Tai Chi, line dance and Asian folk dance. Cassie Armstrong,, "National Senior Health & Fitness Day: How to celebrate in Central Florida," 30 May 2018

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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

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


horse·​shoe | \ˈhȯrs-ˌshü \

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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