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 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

Plus, there's a fire station with a fire simulator, a pumper truck with a hose and a fire pool. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Take a family road trip this summer to check out these 7 Wisconsin children's museums," 19 June 2018 In the video, which has not been released publicly, Martin is seen watering palm trees in his yard with a hose, when a black truck begins to pull out of the driveway of the house next door, Lopinto said. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "'He would do anything for you': Neighbor finds 'Big Lee' Martin shot dead in his yard," 5 May 2018 Admittedly, using an outdoor shower run by a garden hose gives you absolutely no control over the temperature... Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The $225 Outdoor Shower Designers Are Obsessed With," 26 Apr. 2019 And a dermoid cyst on an ovary can cause the organ to twist on itself like a kinked garden hose, Dr. Khalil explains. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Did You Know Dermoid Cysts Can Have Hair, Skin, and TEETH?," 15 Jan. 2019 As flames raged closer to foothill homes on Thursday, some residents ignoring evacuation orders stood in driveways or on top of roofs and used garden hoses to wet down their property as smoke billowed around them. Fox News, "Firefighters battle to curb wildfire before winds return," 10 Aug. 2018 British cave-divers improvised underwater breathing equipment with a bicycle pump and garden hose in the 1930s, and broadcast a BBC radio programme from an underwater cavern in Somerset. The Economist, "A cave rescue in Thailand shows Britain’s skill at spelunking," 11 July 2018 The egg hunt takes place on the first and second floors of the museums, which means kids will dig through fire tricks and hoses to find treasure. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "We Found the Best Easter Egg Hunts Near New York City," 11 Mar. 2019 Firefighters are trying to stay ahead of the flames, digging fire lines and laying hose in case gusty winds send embers flying. Omar Villafranca, CBS News, "Flash flooding feared as Colorado wildfires rage," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Last year, Nardella told city workers to hose down popular tourist sites, such as the city's cathedrals, to discourage tourists from sitting and snacking, The Local reported at the time. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Tourists to Florence will now be fined for eating on the street," 6 Sep. 2018 New mom Amy Schumer posted a pretty groundbreaking Instagram photo on Sunday night, particularly in the wake of Meghan Markle’s polished, panty-hosed Baby Archie reveal last week at Windsor Castle. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Amy Schumer’s Post-Pregnancy Realness Is a Necessary Gift," 13 May 2019 Using a water flosser is like hosing down a deck while traditional flossing is like sweeping it, Vera Tang, D.D.S., clinical assistant professor of periodontology and implant dentistry at the NYU College of Dentistry, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Is a Water Flosser and Should You Be Using One?," 26 Feb. 2019 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

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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
: 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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