Meaning of HORSE in English

HORSE

I. ˈhȯrs noun

( plural hors·es also horse )

Etymology: Middle English hors, from Old English; akin to Old High German hros horse

Date: before 12th century

1.

a.

(1) : a large solid-hoofed herbivorous ungulate mammal ( Equus caballus, family Equidae, the horse family) domesticated since prehistoric times and used as a beast of burden, a draft animal, or for riding

(2) : racehorse

play the horse s

b. : a male horse ; especially : stallion

c. : a recent or extinct animal (as a zebra, ass, or onager) of the horse family

2.

a. : jackstay

b. : a frame usually with legs used for supporting something (as planks or staging)

c.

(1) : pommel horse

(2) : vaulting horse

3. horse plural : cavalry

4. : a mass of the same geological character as the wall rock occurring within a vein

5. : horsepower

6. slang : heroin

7. : an athlete whose performance is consistently strong and reliable

a team with the horse s to win the pennant

8. or H-O-R-S-E : a game in which players take turns attempting to duplicate successful basketball shots, a letter of the word "horse" is awarded for each missed attempt, and the first player to receive all five letters loses

• horse·less ˈhȯr-sləs adjective

• horse·like ˈhȯrs-ˌlīk adjective

- from the horse's mouth

[

horse 1a(1): 1 dock, 2 croup, 3 point of hip, 4 loin, 5 back, 6 withers, 7 mane, 8 crest, 9 poll, 10 forelock, 11 forehead, 12 muzzle, 13 cheek, 14 throatlatch, 15 neck, 16 shoulder, 17 chest, 18 forearm, 19 knee, 20 cannon, 21 fetlock, 22 hoof, 23 chestnut, 24 elbow, 25 barrel, 26 flank, 27 stifle, 28 pastern, 29 coronet, 30 hock, 31 gaskin, 32 tail, 33 thigh, 34 buttock

]

II. verb

( horsed ; hors·ing )

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb

1. : to provide with a horse

2. : to move by brute force

intransitive verb

of a mare : to be in heat

III. adjective

Date: 15th century

1.

a. : of or relating to a horse

b. : hauled or powered by a horse

a horse barge

2. : large or coarse of its kind

3. : mounted on horses

horse guards

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.