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

The family didn’t own a garden hose, the Charlotte Observer reported. Allie Caren, Washington Post, "Kids were ‘desperately’ trying to fill a pool with water. Then firefighters showed up with their hoses.," 28 June 2018 The pumps had held the water at bay until the last moments, when one of the industrial-sized hoses burst, pouring water back into the cave. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 At one point, the plastic bundles containing the teammates were placed on the hoses for the water pumps, which acted as an impromptu slide. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018 Breaking out the garden hoses The main kitchen floor, where much food has dropped during the course of the evening, gets a rinse. star-telegram, "A day in the life of Joe T. Garcia's," 11 July 2018 Let the hose run at a trickle on the plant’s root ball, the area of soil within a foot or so of the trunk, for approximately 20 minutes. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "What does scorching heat mean for trees and plants?," 3 July 2018 Keep a bucket of water or the hose handy when lighting fireworks. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Don’t have a blast on the Fourth," 1 July 2018 Spray nozzle on hose improperly attached to mop sink faucet. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Chicken, tuna salad and other foods too hot or too cold in restaurant inspections," 13 June 2018 My wife Denese then turned on the hose and discovered multiple puncture holes. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "It’s nature’s way, caught on camera," 27 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Note: Some new outdoor fabrics can simply be hosed off. Good Housekeeping, "Speed Clean Your Patio for Spring," 13 Mar. 2014 The durable material can be hosed off when you're done. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Throw Your Entire Life Into the YETI Camino Carryall 35," 25 June 2018 Colliton said in the past, the goose poop was so bad workers would have to hose off walkways and other areas to keep them clean, especially before events. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Goose poop at Lake St. Clair Metropark beach? Not if this dog can help it," 12 June 2018 Annie Selke, who named her rug company after her two dogs, Dash & Albert, makes indoor/outdoor rugs that can be hosed or washed down. Michelle Higgins, New York Times, "Dogs and Cats and Decorating: It’s Easier Than You Think," 1 May 2018 On Wednesday, fire crews were still hosing down the area and many surrounding streets were closed. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sun Prairie firefighter killed by explosion that destroyed his own bar," 11 July 2018 After hosing down his roof and his neighbor’s, Davis, 53, hopped in his truck with his 21-year-old son and three friends and prepared their escape. Andrea Castillo, latimes.com, "'I have happy tears,' Goleta resident says after finding his home survived destructive wildfire," 9 July 2018 Photos shared on Facebook by Fire Disctrict 13 showed multiple trucks hosing down acres of black charred earth in the aftermath of the wildfire. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Man burns American flag blanket, starts 5-acre wildfire, authorities say," 30 May 2018 Around the corner, a team of Santa Barbara County firefighters was busy hosing down the inside of another home, sending a plume of smoke into the air. Andrea Castillo And John Wilkens, Anchorage Daily News, "California city devastated by brush fire as record heat burns a path of destruction," 7 July 2018

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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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hose

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, usually rubber tube that liquids or gases can flow through

hose : 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

: 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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