quarter horse

noun

Definition of quarter horse

: any of a breed of compact muscular saddle horses developed in the U.S. and characterized by great endurance and by high speed for short distances

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Recent Examples on the Web The Legislature is expected to consider a measure that would allow casinos to operate card games without also having to run quarter horse or harness races or jai alai matches. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, 14 May 2021 The legislation would allow casinos to operate card games without also having to run quarter horse or harness races or jai alai matches. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, 22 Apr. 2021 The legislation would allow casinos to operate card games without also having to run quarter horse or harness races or jai alai matches. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, 22 Apr. 2021 The quarter horse suffered a severe facial cut to the bone and a fracture above its left eye, likely caused by its head hitting the windshield. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Apr. 2021 Steve Asmussen’s father, Keith, is a co-owner of the horse and a former quarter horse jockey. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 14 Apr. 2021 The legislation would allow casinos to operate card games without also having to run quarter horse or harness races or jai alai matches. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, 12 Apr. 2021 This month, a quarter horse, a warmblood and an Arabian from separate stables in California tested positive for the neurological form of the virus, according to the Equine Disease Communication Center, exposing dozens of their stablemates. New York Times, 2 Apr. 2021 Now Brown has a creole quarter horse with blue eyes named Misty. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of quarter horse

1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quarter horse

from its high speed for distances up to a quarter of a mile

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The first known use of quarter horse was in 1822

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27 May 2021

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“Quarter horse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarter%20horse. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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quarter horse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quarter horse

: a small, strong horse that can run very fast for short distances

quarter horse

noun

Kids Definition of quarter horse

: a stocky muscular saddle horse capable of running fast for short distances

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