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 Reviewers praise this dual-hose unit from Whynter for its ability to cool rooms up to 500 square feet. Sam Lauron, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 7 Best Portable Air Conditioners, According to Thousands of Reviews," 9 Mar. 2021 The executive actions came with such a fire-hose intensity that individual moves got lost in the crowd. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Copying Roosevelt, Biden Wanted a Fast Start. Now Comes the Hard Part.," 30 Jan. 2021 Look for a single-hose system that is made to fit into windows without loads of extra hardware. Eric Alt, Popular Science, "Best portable air conditioner: Cool off where you need it most," 17 Dec. 2020 The new facility will house the company’s primary engineering department and expand its fluid-power, hose, and hydraulics components. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Motion Industries breaks ground on $11.2 million Irondale expansion," 16 Dec. 2020 All or most of the oaks in a region tend to mast in the same year, spreading a fire-hose supply of acorns over the whole area. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Acorns are in short supply this year — here’s why," 28 Nov. 2020 The rookie first-round pick is known for gas-hose arms that belie his height (6-0) and give him the catch radius of Hakeem Olajuwon. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers midseason review: Jimmy Garoppolo disappoints; Fred Warner wows," 7 Nov. 2020 Instead, remove the hose from the skimmer before putting on the cover. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "How to winterize your pool," 12 Mar. 2021 My previous method used to be emptying out any remaining liquid, detaching the hose, and stuffing a pasta fork in there, then nestling it in with the other utensils (my wife loved this). The Editors, Outside Online, "The Gear Our Editors Loved in February," 4 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "How to make spring cleaning as easy as possible this year," 27 Feb. 2021 Now hose it off, pump the tires, shine it up with Pledge and get $250 for it! Roy M. Wallack, Los Angeles Times, "Fitness equipment is hard to find. Here are tricks for buying and selling," 3 Nov. 2020 When riding time is over, Noble has the students lead their mounts outside to a grassy patch where the kids and their parents hose down the animals. Tony Bravo, SFChronicle.com, "Black Lives Matter equestrian on mission to inspire inner-city youths," 30 Oct. 2020 In a shaded spot outdoors, hose off dusty leaves and treat with spray-on or systemic pesticide. Sunset Magazine, "50+ Things to Do in Your Garden Now," 10 Sep. 2020 Auburn is just wondering whether to hose down its streets or not. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Do you believe in magic? The SEC and ACC must believe in magic.," 12 Aug. 2020 Monthly, take your trash bin to the yard and thoroughly hose it down. NBC News, "8 commonly neglected items that need a good cleaning before allergy season," 22 Feb. 2020 Each ambulance was then hosed down with disinfectant and the cabin fumigated before being turned around and sent out again. Ian Pannell, ABC News, "Inside the epicenter of the South Korean coronavirus outbreak: Reporter's Notebook," 24 Feb. 2020 On a recent Monday morning at The Barrel Broker, N93-W14580 Whittaker Way, puddles remain from Friday when Gill hosed down the warehouse. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When craft brewers need barrels to age their beer, they go to the Barrel Broker in Menomonee Falls," 19 Feb. 2020

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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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Last Updated

4 Apr 2021

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“Hose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hose. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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