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 downhose 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 This innovation tamed the fire hose, turning it into a curated stream. Jonathan Haidt, The Atlantic, "Why It Feels Like Everything Is Going Haywire," 12 Nov. 2019 Keys that had once unlocked cars and bicycles, diaries, homes of people who had died, classrooms, several fire hoses, and even a bank. Gabrielle Paluch, USA TODAY, "Memorializing the deadly Camp Fire 1 year later: 'Yes we're alive, but we're not the same'," 3 Nov. 2019 Before firefighters arrived, police used a fire extinguisher from their cruiser, and a hose from Fat Guys, to coat and soak the area that had been burning. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Cleveland boy caught driving stolen car; Berea man lying in mulch arrested: Berea police blotter," 31 Oct. 2019 The standard mining setup consists of a loud pump, a heavy hose, a conveyor belt going up, and a sluice box going down. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "The Bird Angle," 28 Oct. 2019 Water with a hose, bucket or sprinkling can to fill the berm each time. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Dry root balls main reason for azalea decline," 26 Oct. 2019 Crews use hoses to connect two nearby fire hydrants to a truck that carries filters and other aspects of the technology. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sweetwater Authority begins overdue effort to flush out its pipelines," 9 Oct. 2019 But the protestors quickly lost their grip on the hose, which landed on the street and began to flood it with the paint. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Watch London climate change protest involving 1,800 liters of fake blood go horribly wrong," 3 Oct. 2019 Actually a Savannah can be very much like a water-loving dog who’ll wrestle you for the garden hose, splash around in your morning shower, or wade through your bathwater. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Justin Bieber Celebrates Wedding With $35K Part-Exotic Kittens," 30 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Saints were hosed once again by an official’s blown call in a game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. oregonlive, "Watch: New Orleans Saints burned again by blown call in game against the Los Angeles Rams," 16 Sep. 2019 Some people also hosed down their own homes in an effort to keep them safe. CBS News, "Tenaja fire rages through southern California: "They don't know which way it's going to go"," 6 Sep. 2019 The equipment workers soak a back corner of the field, and rookies must dive into the slop while being hosed down by a veteran (usually Brady). Dan Shulman, BostonGlobe.com, "Football season is back. Here’s a guide to Patriots training camp," 17 July 2019 Fulshear won a share of the District 25-4A title last year and begins league play Sept. 17 at Wharton, hosing El Campo on Sept. 20. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "FBISD notebook: Travis football rallies to remain undefeated," 16 Sep. 2019 Now there are festivals festooned with doublets and hose all around the nation all summer long. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "San Jose Renaissance and Fantasy Faire holds court downtown," 4 Aug. 2019 Volunteers served chicken and drinks while Lions Club members stoked the stoves and hosed down rows of corn laid atop the stoves to cook, covered with burlap and steaming in their own sweet juices. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "A year after flooding forced cancellation, Union Mills Homestead enjoys sun, crowds at corn roast," 3 Aug. 2019 The Burlington Fire Department posted photos on Twitter of firefighters on ladder trucks hosing down the building with water. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Woburn three-decker gutted by 3-alarm blaze; 11 people displaced," 16 Aug. 2019 Florence once tried hosing down the steps of its churches to stop tourists from eating on them—though officials did not account for the fact that the warm Tuscan sun would quickly dry up the water. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Per Favore, Do Not Sit On the Spanish Steps," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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18 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for hose

The first known use of hose was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for hose

hose

noun
How to pronounce hose (audio)

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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