A beautiful black horse in a field.
- Horse means relating to the hoofed creatures of the family Equidae.
An example of horse is a saddle for riding.
- The definition of a horse is a creature with hooves that belongs to the family Equidae.
An example of horse is the talking horse, television character Mr. Ed.
- Horse is defined as to provide with or ride on a hoofed member of the family Equidae.
An example of horse is to go to the stable and ride one of the animals.
nounpl. hors′es or
- a domesticated or wild, perissodactylous mammal (Equus caballus), raised in many breeds, having a large body and head, four usually long, thin legs, and a long, flowing tail: horses have been ridden, used to pull loads, etc. since ancient times
- the full-grown male of the horse; gelding or stallion
- anything like a horse in that a person sits, rides, or is carried on it
- a device, esp. a frame with legs, to support something; specif.,
- a clotheshorse
- a man regarded as resembling a horse, as in having great strength or endurance
- Informal, Chess a knight
- Informal pony (sense )
- horsepower (sense )
- [pl.] horsepower (sense )
- Gym. a padded block on legs, used for vaulting events
- [with pl. v.]Brit., Mil. mounted troops; cavalry
- Mining a mass of earth or rock inside a vein or coal seam
Origin of horseMiddle English hors from Old English hors, hros, akin to German ross (OHG hros), probably from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ker-, to leap (or from uncertain or unknown; perhaps an unverified form ?ers-, to run from source Classical Latin cursus)
transitive verbhorsed, hors′ing
- to supply with a horse or horses; put on horseback
- Informal to shove; push
- of a horse or horses
- mounted on horses
- large, strong, or coarse of its kind: horse mackerel
back the wrong horse
- to bet on a horse that loses the race
- to choose or support the losing side
beat a dead horse
from the horse's mouth
hold one's horses
- to engage in horseplay
- to spend time in pointless or trifling activity
horse of another color
on one's high horse
- a. A large hoofed mammal (Equus caballus) having a short coat, a long mane, and a long tail, domesticated since ancient times and used for riding and for drawing or carrying loads.b. An adult male horse; a stallion.c. Any of various equine mammals, such as the wild Asian species Przewalski's horse or certain extinct forms related ancestrally to the modern horse.
- A frame or device, usually with four legs, used for supporting or holding.
- Sports A vaulting horse.
- Slang Heroin.
- often horses Horsepower: a muscle car with 400 horses under the hood.
- Mounted soldiers; cavalry: a squadron of horse.
- Geology a. A block of rock interrupting a vein and containing no minerals.b. A large block of displaced rock that is caught along a fault.
verbhorsed, hors·ing, hors·es
- To provide with a horse.
- To haul or hoist energetically: “Things had changed little since the days of the pyramids, with building materials being horsed into place by muscle power” ( Henry Allen )
- Of or relating to a horse: a horse blanket.
- Mounted on horses: horse guards.
- Drawn or operated by a horse.
- Larger or cruder than others in the same category: horse pills.
Origin of horseMiddle English from Old English hors Old Norse hross horse and German Ross steed
(third-person singular simple present horses, present participle horsing, simple past and past participle horsed)
- (intransitive) To frolic, to act mischievously. (Usually followed by "around".)
- To provide with a horse.
- To sit astride of; to bestride.
- (of a male horse) To copulate with (a mare).
- To take or carry on the back.
- To place on the back of another person, or on a wooden horse, etc., to be flogged; to subject to such punishment.
Cognate with Scots hors (“horse”), North Frisian hors (“horse”), West Frisian hoars (“horse”), Dutch ros (“horse, steed”), German Ross (“horse, steed”), Swedish russ (“Gotland pony”), Icelandic hross (“horse”), Latin currus (“chariot”), Welsh car (“wagon”). Related to hurry.
- (uncountable, slang, dated) Heroin.
- Alright, mate, got any horse?
- A poker variant consisting of five different poker variants, with the rules changing from one variant to the next after every hand.
Initialism of Texas hold 'em, Omaha eight or better, razz, seven card stud, and seven card stud eight or better.
- Alternative spelling of horse. (variant of basketball)
From horse, the word used to keep track of missed shots