- a flat, -shaped metal plate nailed to the bottom of a horse's hoof to protect the foot
- anything shaped like this
- [pl., with sing. v.] a game in which players take turns tossing horseshoes first at one stake and then at another driven into the ground forty feet apart, the object being to encircle the stake or to come closer to the stake than one's opponent does
Origin of horseshoeMiddle English horscho, contr. of horsis sho
transitive verb-·shoed·, -·shoe·ing
- A flat U-shaped metal plate fitted and nailed to the bottom of a horse's hoof for protection.
- A U-shaped object similar to a horseshoe.
- horseshoes used with a sing. verb A game in which players toss horseshoes or horseshoe-shaped pieces at a stake so as to encircle it or come closer to it than the other players.
transitive verbhorse·shoed, horse·shoe·ing, horse·shoes
(third-person singular simple present horseshoes, present participle horseshoeing, simple past and past participle horseshoed)
- To apply horseshoes to a horse.
The shorter form shoe is more commonly used.