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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Synonyms for hose

Synonyms: Noun

sock, stocking

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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

As fire hoses pump the retardant into awaiting LVATs, the bridge above the pumps vibrates, echoing the colossal whir of the tanker's engine. Julia Sclafani And Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Seen those tankers above Sacramento? The low-down on Cal Fire's biggest base at McClellan," 3 July 2018 The girls face physical challenges such as climbing a 105-foot fire truck ladder to the sixth floor of the training tower, rappelling out a fifth-floor window, operating fire hoses and learning search and rescue techniques. John D. Simmons, charlotteobserver, "Can a camp ignite girls’ interest in becoming firefighters?," 21 June 2018 Of course, their gender reveal involved a fire truck and a fire hose. Michaela N. Vincent, CNN, "People are going way over the top with their gender-reveal parties these days," 8 June 2018 Also, have a fire hose available to drench the student section at the start of every quarter. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "Here's a few more changes the SEC needs to push," 5 June 2018 Fire hoses are wicked strong and prevent the door from being opened from the inside or outside. Karina Bland, azcentral, "What stands between kids and shooters is sometimes just a locked door," 23 May 2018 The City has long relied on a fire hose of international talent to build its position as a global financial hub. Philip Georgiadis, WSJ, "U.K. Finance Industry Pushes for Immigration Overhaul After Brexit," 21 May 2018 This means getting those hoses out, hooked up and working – without leaks. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Buckle up, Alaska gardeners: It’s go time.," 18 May 2018 The zoo even installed a fire hose over a mud puddle so Louis could walk across it like a tightrope to avoid getting messy. CBS News, "Gorilla with a human-like strut likes to keep his hands clean, zoo says," 20 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Everybody knows the age-old, infallible signs of spring — the old man lifts his eyes from the Sunday paper and trundles outside to hose down the family car . . . Lynda Robinson, Washington Post, "‘Piercingly funny’: Tom Wolfe’s years as a Washington Post reporter," 15 May 2018 Council member LaWana Mayfield this week reiterated her opposition to hosing the GOP, which is expected to nominate Donald Trump for a second term. Steve Harrison And Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "As more Democrats question RNC, chances rise for Charlotte City Council to reject event," 5 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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