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

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 Residents with still-functional wells were snaking hoses over fences to nourish their neighbors. Matt Simon, WIRED, "LA Is Doing Water Better Than Your City. Yes, That LA," 12 June 2018 These are the months when Italian men trade their winter hose for ankle socks, and Ruffini does the same. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "How CEO Remo Ruffini Is Reinventing Moncler for a Faster Fashion World," 8 Oct. 2018 Saturday's protest involving more than 100 left-wing activists ended in a melee between demonstrators and the authorities, with police using a water hose and their shields. Fox News, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 23 July 2018 At the entrance to the cave, officials were bringing in large water hoses and more water pumps. Tassanee Vejpongsa, Houston Chronicle, "Rain, high water complicate cave search for Thai soccer team," 27 June 2018 At the entrance to the cave, officials were bringing in large water hoses and more water pumps. Washington Post, "Rain, high water complicate cave search for Thai soccer team," 27 June 2018 Keep a fire extinguisher, bucket of water, water hose or other water supply nearby. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "When it's legal to set off fireworks in your Central Indiana town," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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