hose

noun
\ ˈhōz How to pronounce hose (audio) \
plural hose or hoses

Definition of hose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 plural hose
a(1) : a cloth leg covering that sometimes covers the foot
(2) : stocking, sock
b(1) : a close-fitting garment covering the legs and waist that is usually attached to a doublet by points
(2) : short breeches reaching to the knee
2 : a flexible tube for conveying fluids (as from a faucet or hydrant)

hose

verb
hosed; hosing

Definition of hose (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to spray, water, or wash with a hose often used with downhose down a stable floor
b slang : to fire automatic weapons at usually used with down
2 slang : to deprive of something due or expected : trick, cheat

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Examples of hose in a Sentence

Noun There are several hoses stored in the shed. We need another 50 feet of hose. Verb when the guy failed to return with our money, we sooned realized that we had been hosed
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Scientists discovered California’s newest known offshore faults by borrowing a garden hose-size fiber optic cable that spans the seafloor of Monterey Bay and turning it into an ad-hoc seismic array. Madeleine Stone, National Geographic, "Mysterious tectonic fault zone found off California," 28 Nov. 2019 The Port Neches plant, which produces a chemical compound that is an ingredient in synthetic rubber for tires and automobile hoses, has a history of violations and fines that stretches back more than a decade. New York Times, "Explosions Shake a Texas Town, and Its View on Thanksgiving," 28 Nov. 2019 Al-Hawasi also sells water from his well to about 15 neighbors, sending it through black hoses to their homes. Ian James, azcentral, "Ancient aqueducts in Oman imperiled by modern wells and climate change," 28 Nov. 2019 Wyss fixed a detached cooling hose one day, but disputed her claim the transmission wasn't working properly. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For perhaps first time ever, jury awards punitive damages over used car sales tactic," 27 Nov. 2019 Check the condition of all hoses and replace those that are mushy or that show cracks. Popmech Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Winterize Your Boat for the Cold Months Ahead," 21 Nov. 2019 And then holding that hose around your shoulders is heavy, too. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "SF festival empowers girls to explore careers, defend themselves," 9 Nov. 2019 Down in the belly of the crater, men held the ends of giant black hoses between their legs and moved the nozzles back and forth, directing torrents of water into loose mounds of scree. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest," 4 Nov. 2019 While career companies have the resources to buy extractors and second sets of turnout gear, English Consul members currently hose contaminants off their turnout gear, usually at the scene of the fire, Maddox said. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, "‘We give our all. It’s not enough’: English Consul fire volunteers need public support for building renovations," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some of the other displays throughout the hotel include a princess rocket castle, anthropomorphic carrots chasing a bunny rabbit, and an elephant firefighter hosing a fireplace with its trunk in preparation for Santa’s entrance down the chimney. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "This London Hotel Built Massive Christmas Displays Made Entirely of Legos," 27 Nov. 2019 Crews can shower and hose off their equipment after a call in a decontamination room. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Here's how a new Tempe fire station may keep firefighters safer," 16 Nov. 2019 The run rests on 12-inch-deep permeable pebbles so Richards can sweep and hose the path when necessary. Lisa Boone, chicagotribune.com, "Designer chicken coops: From chandeliers to AC, how some L.A. owners pamper their pets," 27 Sep. 2019 And that started with the weather that hosed dove hunters at the start of the 2018 dove season. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Hunters’ prospects good as dove season nears," 28 Aug. 2019 The Saints were hosed once again by an official’s blown call in a game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. oregonlive, "Watch: New Orleans Saints burned again by blown call in game against the Los Angeles Rams," 16 Sep. 2019 Some people also hosed down their own homes in an effort to keep them safe. CBS News, "Tenaja fire rages through southern California: "They don't know which way it's going to go"," 6 Sep. 2019 The equipment workers soak a back corner of the field, and rookies must dive into the slop while being hosed down by a veteran (usually Brady). Dan Shulman, BostonGlobe.com, "Football season is back. Here’s a guide to Patriots training camp," 17 July 2019 Fulshear won a share of the District 25-4A title last year and begins league play Sept. 17 at Wharton, hosing El Campo on Sept. 20. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "FBISD notebook: Travis football rallies to remain undefeated," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hose

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hose

Noun

Middle English, from Old English hosa stocking, husk; akin to Old High German hosa leg covering

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Time Traveler for hose

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The first known use of hose was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Hose.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hose. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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More Definitions for hose

hose

noun
How to pronounce hose (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, usually rubber tube that liquids or gases can flow through
: clothes (such as stockings, socks, and pantyhose) that are worn on the legs and feet

hose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hose (Entry 2 of 2)

: to spray or wash (something) with water from a hose
US slang : to cheat or trick (someone)

hose

noun
\ ˈhōz How to pronounce hose (audio) \
plural hose or hoses

Kids Definition of hose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 pl hose : stocking sense 1, sock
2 : a flexible tube for carrying fluid

hose

verb
hosed; hosing

Kids Definition of hose (Entry 2 of 2)

: to spray, water, or wash with a hose Can you hose off the car?

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