\ ˈhau̇n(d)z How to pronounce hounds (audio) \

Definition of hounds

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

Examples of hounds in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The singing brothers who lead the band, Page Burkum and Jack Torrey, have been road hounds for much of the last decade. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "A romance is renewed, as Minnesota hears the Cactus Blossoms again," 3 Sep. 2020 Why did the Republican deficit hounds only show up when there is a Democrat in the White House? chicagotribune.com, "Quickly: Readers sound off on the issues of the day," 2 Sep. 2020 And this summer a man training hounds for bear hunting in Douglas County had one of his dogs killed by wolves. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wolf conflicts in Wisconsin higher so far in 2020," 30 Aug. 2020 Back in the 1860s it was alleged that Bummer and Lazarus were Emperor Norton’s hounds. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "Fisher-Paulson: Ahead of San Francisco Pride, an ode to ‘queens’," 23 June 2020 Authorities are now searching for the wild animal using tracking hounds, and intend on euthanizing it once it is found, CPW said. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Colorado Officials Looking to Euthanize Bear After It Entered a Home and Attacked Owner," 10 July 2020 Crazy Mike’s son, Somewhat-Sane Trevor, will be guarding the spoiled hounds, and maybe the time away from puppy Queenie will give my shoelaces time to grow back. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "Hitting the road can help you appreciate the real thing at home," 30 June 2020 Upon crashing down, the overseer was mauled by the pack of hounds, which shocked Jake. Durrell L. Smith, Outdoor Life, "The Tale of Jake and Belle: A Hunting Dog Story You Haven’t Heard Before," 10 June 2020 The other is to go to a state where hunting mountain lions is allowed, wait for a good snow, cut a fresh cat track, and then go chasing the critter through the mountains behind a barking pack of hounds. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Timeless Hunting Skills," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of hounds

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hounds

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

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16 Sep 2020

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“Hounds.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hounds. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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