— hoseless , adj. — hoselike , adj.
/hohz/ , n. , pl. hose for 2, 3; hoses for 1, 4, 5; ( Archaic ) hosen /hoh"zeuhn/ ; v. , hosed, hosing .
1. a flexible tube for conveying a liquid, as water, to a desired point: a garden hose; a fire hose.
2. ( used with a pl. v. ) an article of clothing for the foot and lower part of the leg; stocking or sock.
3. (of men's attire in former times)
a. an article of clothing for the leg, extending from about the knee to the ankle and worn with knee breeches.
b. ( used with a pl. v. ) knee breeches.
c. ( used with a pl. v. ) tights, as were worn with, and usually attached to, a doublet.
4. Brit. Dial. a sheath, or sheathing part, as that enclosing a kernel of grain.
5. Golf. hosel.
6. to water, wash, spray, or drench by means of a hose (often fol. by down ): to hose the garden; to hose down the ship's deck.
a. to cheat, trick, or take advantage of.
b. to defeat decisively.
c. to reject.
d. Chiefly Mil. to attack or assault (an area) in order to gain control quickly (sometimes fol. by down ).
[ bef. 1100; (n.) ME, OE; c. D hoos, ON hosa, G Hose; (v.) ME: to provide with hose, deriv. of the n. ]