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

Five people were seen being treated by fire crews outside the hotel, one of whom was showered with water from a fire hose before being taken to an ambulance on a gurney. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "San Jose: Chemicals involved in death at Fairmont hotel; 9 sickened, three floors cleared," 31 Aug. 2019 Hazardous materials teams from San Jose and Santa Clara County set up a decontamination area where hotel workers exposed to the gas were sprayed with water from a fire hose to rinse off any remaining chemicals. CBS News, "At least 8 people sickened from apparent Hazmat suicide at California hotel," 31 Aug. 2019 Every week, Bob Frank — whose Hillside School and Learning Center has a ringside seat to the years-long Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project happening near his Oak Grove Drive campus — grabs a hose and gets to work. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Dirt from Devil’s Gate haulers causes dust-up among locals, county," 31 July 2019 Crews quickly attacked the flames from the ground and the air and within hours had surrounded the fire with a combination of hose and retardant. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brush fire that charred around 28 acres in South County is extinguished," 30 June 2019 Fight the urge to wipe a stain (which can rub it in further), and instead grab your vacuum cleaner hose to lift the stain up, Gerson says. Washington Post, "ASK A DESIGNER: Choosing the right rug for the room," 6 Aug. 2019 Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Sparklers are not harmless. Here are other ways to celebrate the Fourth of July with kids," 4 July 2019 Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Report shows most deaths and injuries caused by fireworks could have easily been avoided," 3 July 2019 Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Health surgeon whose patients lost hands is warning about dangers of fireworks," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Works like magic, and sure beats hosing or vacuuming. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Power play," 1 Aug. 2019 Firefighters called to the scene Monday morning appeared to be hosing down an area in the home’s backyard, as crime scene tape blocked off the alley behind the homes on Ellicott Driveway. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "2 shot, 1 fatally, in Baltimore, just blocks away from other recent shootings," 22 July 2019 While the Westland Fire Department will be on the scene hosing down participants, a change of clothes for the car ride home is advised. Olivia Simone, Detroit Free Press, "'It’s the year’s messiest playground': Mud Day 2019 comes to Westland on Tuesday," 8 July 2019 If your garden plants accumulate a fine film of dust, or a mask of spider webs, hose them down with a sharp spray of water. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "34 things to do in the garden in July," 3 July 2019 And those companies — or rather, their employees and shareholders — got hosed. David Roberts, Vox, "Coal left Appalachia devastated. Now it’s doing the same to Wyoming.," 9 July 2019 Footage from Ridgecrest showed firefighters hosing down flames rising from homes. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "California earthquake: Map shows unusual number of aftershocks," 5 July 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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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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