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

Please stop using your vacuum hose to end your period early. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Two Women Landed in the ER After Using a Vacuum to End Their Periods, According to a Nurse's Scary Viral Tweet," 7 June 2019 Some crew members were hoisted onto helicopters while others were lowered -- in some cases by fire hoses -- onto boats, VanderWeit said. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "4 crew members were trapped on a capsized cargo ship for more than 36 hours. Here's how they were rescued," 10 Sep. 2019 The 20 people already evacuated from the ship — 19 crew members and a U.S. harbor pilot — were lifted from the tilting ship by helicopter and lowered into boats using fire hoses, officials told CNN. Katie Mettler, Washington Post, "Coast Guard says four crew members are still alive inside capsized cargo ship," 9 Sep. 2019 Free ice cream, activities for the kids, interactive tours of police and fire equipment, and the popular fire hose spray on the tennis courts. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Aug. 20-25," 20 Aug. 2019 Fire hoses are extended across Route 125 to fight the fire, according to a tweet from Jacquelyn Goddard, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "4-alarm fire strikes North Andover recycling facility," 20 Aug. 2019 Its proven method is pointing a fire hose of human labor at any problem, as cheaply as possible. Dustin Kurtz, The New Republic, "Why Amazon’s Twitter Ambassadors Are So Sad," 16 Aug. 2019 During Emergency Services Week, the campers got to use a fire hose at Aberdeen Proving Ground and ride a fire truck at Level Volunteer Fire Company. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "Kids with special needs and their buddies shine at Camp Sp’Arc in Bel Air," 2 Aug. 2019 Since 2010, the city and Tri-C have swapped an old ambulance, SCBA packs and old fire hose for tuition credits. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Parma Fire Department trades old stretchers for Tri-C Fire Academy tuition credits," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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