support hose


: elastic stockings worn especially to provide mild compression of the leg (as to prevent formation of varicose veins)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web While juggling two jobs and meetings with a court liaison, Daniel gets into Servant of Two Masters–style trouble, whizzing in and out of rooms, ducking behind doors, diving into support hose. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 5 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of support hose was in 1963

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“Support hose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

support hose

: elastic stockings

Medical Definition

support hose

: stockings (as elastic stockings) worn to supply mild compression to assist the veins of the legs
usually plural in construction

called also support hosiery

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