Definition of horse
1a (1) : a large solid-hoofed herbivorous ungulate mammal (Equus caballus, family Equidae, the horse family) domesticated since prehistoric times and used as a beast of burden, a draft animal, or for riding (2) : racehorse lost a lot of money playing the horsesb : a male horse; especially : stallionc : a recent or extinct animal (such as a zebra, ass, or onager) of the horse family
3 horse plural : cavalry
4 geology : a mass of the same geological character as the wall rock that occurs within a vein of useful mineral matter
5 : horsepower a car with 275 horses
6 slang : heroin
7 : an athlete whose performance is consistently strong and reliable a team with the horses to win the pennant
8 or H-O-R-S-E : a game in which players take turns attempting to duplicate successful basketball shots, a letter of the word "horse" is awarded for each missed attempt, and the first player to receive all five letters loses
horselessplay \ˈhȯr-sləs\ adjective
horselikeplay \ˈhȯrs-ˌlīk\ adjective
from the horse's mouth
Examples of horse in a Sentence
a car with 275 horses
He lost a lot of money on the horses.
Recent Examples of horse from the Web
Bill’s mother developed a passion for the horses and remains a devoted $2 bettor to this day.
When the GD horse and Jenna (who is blind) could tell the difference between Alex and Spencer...but Toby couldn't.
There will be an assortment of parade entries, including five high school bands (RB, Poway, Del Norte, Mt. Carmel and Westview), scout troops, clowns, jugglers, horses, pageant queens and dignitaries.
Mr. Baldessari, on the other hand, considered a minimalist, went crazy with sparkle glue, feathers and found images of horses (with the help of his assistant and her 2½-year-old daughter).
ORANGE, Va. — Alice Jacobs, 90, once owned a factory and horses.
Farm-life exhibits galore include baling, wagon rides, horse pull, refreshments and more.
That immediately raised the prospect of a calendar clash for the queen, a passionate horse-racing enthusiast.
She and the other showgirls rode horses and elephants, danced, and performed aerial acts in groups.
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Origin and Etymology of horse
Middle English hors, from Old English; akin to Old High German hros horse
HORSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of horse for English Language Learners
: a large animal that is used for riding and for carrying and pulling things
: a frame used to support a piece of wood while it is being cut with a saw
: a large piece of equipment used in gymnastics
HORSE Defined for Kids
Definition of horse for Students
1 : a large hoofed animal that feeds especially on grasses and is used as a work animal and for riding
2 : a frame that supports something (as wood while being cut)
3 : a piece of gymnasium equipment used for vaulting exercises
from the horse's mouth
: from the original source
Medical Definition of horse
: a large solid-hoofed herbivorous mammal of the genus Equus (E. caballus) domesticated since prehistoric times
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