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

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 Has the entire country of Australia tripped on a garden hose or a wombat and tumbled into a vat of vegemite? Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 Installed within one of these pristine rooms is a garden hose, an addition that no doubt sent a chill down the spine of the architects (not to mention anyone who works in maintenance). Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2022 Their state-of-the-mid-20th-century fitness facility features five military surplus weight benches and a garden hose for hydration. New York Times, 27 Oct. 2021 Then, attach a garden hose to drain the heater into a bucket. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 If the filter is too large to fit inside a sink or bucket, use a garden hose to wash it off, letting the water run through the filter in the opposite direction of the airflow. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2021 In every rainbow, whether caused by sunlight striking raindrops high in the sky or water dripping from a garden hose in the backyard, the colors appear in the same order. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Not constantly, but feel the root zone in the mornings and slow drip-water using a garden hose into the area when dry. oregonlive, 4 July 2021 Fire officials in the San Francisco Bay Area warned that the grass is so dry, a lit sparkler would only take 30 to 60 seconds to ignite a blaze that could no longer be controlled by a garden hose. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 28 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Wednesday, firefighters were ferried by boat to protect cabins at nearby Echo Lake, while three of the region’s largest ski resorts, Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Sierra at Tahoe, brought out snow-making devices to hose down buildings. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Wayne Sims, who ignored Tubbs Fire evacuation orders in Santa Rosa in 2017, stayed behind to hose down his home as hundreds of Coffey Park houses ignited and exploded through the night. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Aug. 2021 Fire engines, army trucks, ambulances and police officers on motorcycles sped in with crews to hose down flames or extract people trapped in rubble. New York Times, 30 June 2021 Residents are not allowed to hose down driveways, plant new landscaping elements or grass, or wash personal vehicles. Will Lanzoni, CNN, 18 June 2021 The water will be used to hose down stalls, flush toilets and provide all other nonpotable uses of water at the zoo. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 16 June 2021 The drought is a crisis for Taiwan’s semiconductor manufacturers, which use water to hose off chemicals. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 2 June 2021 Before and after each game, cleaners will use electrostatic sprayers to hose down every seat and surface with cleaning solution. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Apr. 2021 Spring cleaning is the perfect time to gather all the trash cans in your home, empty them out and hose them down on the inside and out. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, 27 Feb. 2021

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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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22 Jan 2022

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“Hose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hose. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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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
: 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 plural 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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