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Princeton's WordNet

  1. greyhoundnoun

    a tall slender dog of an ancient breed noted for swiftness and keen sight; used as a racing dog


  1. greyhoundnoun

    A lean breed of dog used in hunting and racing.

  2. greyhoundnoun

    A highball cocktail of vodka and grapefruit juice.

  3. greyhoundverb

    To leap rapidly across the surface of the water.

  4. Etymology: grighund, from an unclear first element (not related to grey) + hund.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Greyhoundnoun

    A tall fleet dog that chases in sight.

    Etymology: grighund, Saxon.

    First may a trusty greyhound transform himself into a tyger. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    So on the downs we see, near Wilton fair,
    A hast’ned hare from greedy greyhounds go. Philip Sidney.

    Th’ impatient greyhound, slipt from far,
    Bounds o’er the glebe to catch the fearful hare. Dryden.


  1. Greyhound

    The English Greyhound, or simply the Greyhound, is a breed of dog, a sighthound which has been bred for coursing, greyhound racing and hunting. Since the rise in large-scale adoption of retired racing Greyhounds, the breed has seen a resurgence in popularity as a family pet. Greyhounds are defined as a tall, muscular, smooth-coated, "S-shaped" type of sighthound with a long tail and tough feet. Greyhounds are a separate breed from other related sighthounds, such as the Italian greyhound. The Greyhound is a gentle and intelligent breed whose combination of long, powerful legs, deep chest, flexible spine, and slim build allows it to reach average race speeds exceeding 64 kilometres per hour (40 mph). The Greyhound can reach a full speed of 70 kilometres per hour (43 mph) within 30 metres (98 ft), or six strides from the boxes, traveling at almost 20 metres per second (66 ft/s) for the first 250 metres (820 ft) of a race.


  1. greyhound

    A greyhound is a breed of dog known for its slender, athletic body and remarkable speed, often used in racing and as hunting dogs. They are one of the oldest dog breeds, as depictions of the greyhound have been found dating back thousands of years in ancient Egyptian and Roman times. Despite their athletic prowess, greyhounds have a quiet and gentle temperament and are often kept as pets. They have a short coat, usually in various shades of grey but can come in a range of other colors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Greyhoundnoun

    a slender, graceful breed of dogs, remarkable for keen sight and swiftness. It is one of the oldest varieties known, and is figured on the Egyptian monuments

  2. Etymology: [OE. graihund, greihound, greahund, grihond, Icel. greyhundr; grey greyhound + hundr dog; cf. AS. grghund. The origin of the first syllable is unknown.]


  1. Greyhound

    The Greyhound is a very old European breed, a sighthound which has been historically bred for coursing game and latterly racing. Since the rise in large scale rescue of retired racing Greyhounds, particularly in North America from the end of the 20th century, it has seen a resurgence in popularity as a family pet. It is a gentle and intelligent breed whose combination of long, powerful legs, deep chest, flexible spine, and slim build allows it to reach average race speeds in excess of 18 metres per second. At maximum acceleration, a greyhound reaches a full speed of 70 kilometres per hour within 30 metres or six strides from the boxes, traveling at almost 20 metres per second for the first 250 metres of a race. The only other animal that can accelerate faster over a short distance is the cheetah, which can reach speeds of 109 kilometres per hour over 3-4 strides from a standing start.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Greyhound

    grā′hownd, n. a tall and slender dog, kept for the chase, with great powers of speed and great keenness of sight. [M. E. greihund; Ice. greyhundr—Ice. grey, a dog, hundr, a hound.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. greyhound

    A hammock with so little bedding as to be unfit for stowing in the nettings.

Editors Contribution

  1. Greyhound

    Greyhound a smooth, slender dog uses in racing dog.

    Greyhound a man’s best friend that can be kept indoor house. A very soft, quick that can be use in military force as the tracer of a victim.

    Submitted by pinkss5 on September 16, 2015  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Greyhound

    An inn sign derived from the badge of Henry VII. The dog of this name originally came from Greece, and was accordingly styled a graihund, after the Graikoi, the people of that country.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of greyhound in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of greyhound in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of greyhound in a Sentence

  1. David Rutley:

    According to The GBGB, roughly a quarter of the dogs were given new homes and 60 percent were taken into a greyhound charity. Trudy Baker, coordinator of Greyt Exploitations, a nonprofit aimed to protect greyhounds, says even when the dogs were retired, they stayed in a dangerous environment. VOLUNTEERS WORK TO RESCUE MORE THAN 500 GREYHOUNDS SET FOR CHINESE MEAT MARKET The truth is hundreds of dogs listed as retired by The GBGB still remain in a commercial environment, confined to trainers kennels that have failed to comply with an agreed British Standard Institute specification, either used for breeding, forced to routinely donate blood or simply awaiting rehoming, Trudy Baker said.No amount of ineffective window dressing welfare commitments will address the suffering and deaths of thousands of dogs racing on dangerously configured tracks. Mark Bird, the managing director at The GBGB, says the industry needs increased and sustained funding to allow welfare programs to flourish for the greyhounds. For others, transparency is key to helping the greyhounds. Transparency is key to understanding how we can improve welfare standards... We want more greyhounds to find new homes and to enjoy a healthy retirement when they leave the sport.

  2. Edith Sitwell:

    Why not be oneself That is the whole secret of a successful appearance. If one is a greyhound why try to look like a Pekinese

  3. Andy White:

    I think he had to know it was going to be used in some degree. I don't think that he realized that the President was going to put Greyhound bus tracks on his back with that memo, i don't think that he realized it was going to be used in that way.

  4. Myriah Williams:

    It also contains a fantastic stylized image of a dog, possibly a greyhound.

  5. James Stewart:

    Even our most informed clients feel as if anything could happen, they're thinking about getting products from A to B, market access, and staffing up situation rooms for April. Forecasting the outcome of Brexit is a bit like trying to predict a greyhound race, there are no safe bets.

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