hose

noun
\ ˈhōz \
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 down hose 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

Thanks to the hoses, mermaids never have to hold their breath for longer than that. Sarah Scoles, Washington Post, "These ‘mermaids’ dance underwater for half an hour at a time," 17 June 2018 Then, use a vacuum cleaner with a hose to suck up any loose crumbs. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Clean Your Freezer the Easy Way," 5 Dec. 2018 Silvia drinks from a garden hose and finds the water blood-colored. Jennifer Haigh, New York Times, "A Buzzworthy Debut About a Mysterious and Secluded Artists’ Retreat," 29 June 2018 Water hoses will be on-site to mitigate any dust, according to Inwood Realty Associates’ plan. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Lawsuit Says Cleanup of Recycling Plant Threatens $1 Billion Worth of Sony Pictures Films," 30 Dec. 2018 The masks and hoses can be cumbersome and noisy, and studies show that about third of patients don’t use their CPAPs as directed. Marshall Allen, Ars Technica, "You snooze, you lose: Insurers make the old adage literally true," 21 Nov. 2018 How does the modern Hooters employee feel about wearing hose? Vox, "Hooters is closing restaurants. Is its offensive uniform to blame?," 4 Oct. 2018 Also, don't forget to turn off all sprinkle systems and unplug garden hoses. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "What You Need To Do To Your Home Before Winter Starts," 19 Sep. 2018 In Tesla’s case, the human body and brain proved, for the time being, more dexterous at running wires and hoses through a car’s machined parts and knitting them all together. Russ Mitchell, latimes.com, "Tesla drops reservation system, opens Model 3 orders to anybody," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One had mostly leaked out, requiring her husband to hose down the driveway. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Delivery Drones Cheer Shoppers, Annoy Neighbors, Scare Dogs," 26 Dec. 2018 No: Most outdoor rugs are designed to be hosed down and scrubbed. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "Shopping for Outdoor Rugs," 4 June 2018 Obviously, do not hose down the vacuum cleaner itself. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Once and For All," 6 Nov. 2018 First, test a small spot; then apply, wait, and hose off! 4. Good Housekeeping, "Speed Clean Your Patio for Spring," 13 Mar. 2014 It could be caused simply by the lifesaving efforts of firemen hosing a flaming building. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The 1991 Firestorm That Changed Everything We Thought We Knew About Arson," 8 Nov. 2018 Instead, a wealthy benefactor that bought the home allows them to hose occasional tours and events. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rethinking the modern house museum," 12 Oct. 2018 Residents aiming to leave posted photos of firefighters hosing water on the flames, plumes of black and gray smoke, and traffic jams. Karen Pearlman, latimes.com, "Brush fires fueled by high heat, winds slam San Diego County," 7 July 2018 Note: Some new outdoor fabrics can simply be hosed off. Good Housekeeping, "Speed Clean Your Patio for Spring," 13 Mar. 2014

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

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hose

noun

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 \
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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