: the framing at the masthead of a ship that supports the heel of the topmast and the upper parts of the lower rigging

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Diarra hounds opponents at the perimeter, hungry for the ball, but rarely ever has the ball in his hand or directs the offense. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 10 Jan. 2023 Bay dogs, which are often curs or hounds, scent pigs out of cover, bark on the track, and bay them for the coup de grace—often when the pig turns to fight. The Editors, Field & Stream, 9 Jan. 2023 So for hounds and retrievers, at least, breeding seems to have stripped away some of the animals' natural athleticism. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 18 Nov. 2016 Horror hounds should appreciate all the inside jokes and references — while also wishing the movie itself were as consistently good as its influences. Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2022 Kira trotted into the misty forest, sniffing forensically around the oaks and poplars where hounds have long hunted for the precious white truffles for which this part of northern Italy is famed. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2022 For example, in sight hounds, most of the gene variants were associated with the muscular system, the researchers determined. Viviane Callier, Scientific American, 8 Dec. 2022 It’s not Greyhound, but there are plenty of hounds on board. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 5 Jan. 2023 Broken glass was on his mind; the previous day, contractors had dropped a tool and shattered the skylight in his den, startling the artist and his Afghan hounds, Sudan and Togo. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 26 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English houne, from Old Norse hūnn knob at the top of a masthead

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hounds was in the 15th century

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“Hounds.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hounds. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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