What does hide mean?

Definitions for hide

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hide, fellnoun

    the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal)

  2. hide, pelt, skinverb

    body covering of a living animal

  3. hide, concealverb

    prevent from being seen or discovered

    "Muslim women hide their faces"; "hide the money"

  4. hide, hide outverb

    be or go into hiding; keep out of sight, as for protection and safety

    "Probably his horse would be close to where he was hiding"; "She is hiding out in a cabin in Montana"

  5. shroud, enshroud, hide, coververb

    cover as if with a shroud

    "The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery"

  6. obscure, blot out, obliterate, veil, hideverb

    make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing

    "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HIDEnoun

    Etymology: hyðe, Saxon; haude, Dutch.

    The trembling weapon past
    Through nine bull hides, each under other plac’d
    On his broad shield. Dryden.

    Pisistratus was first to grasp their hands,
    And spread soft hides upon the yellow sands. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Oh, tyger’s heart, wrapt in a woman’s hide!
    How could’st thou drain the life-blood of the child? William Shakespeare.

    His mantle, now his hide, with rugged hairs
    Cleaves to his back; a famish’d face he bears. Dryden.

    Robert Ainsworth.

    One of the first things was the perfecting of the Winchester book, being a more particular inquisition than had been before of every hide of land within the precincts of his conquest, and how they were holden. Henry Wotton.

  2. To HIDEverb

    preter. hid; part. pass. hid or hidden. To conceal; to withold or withdraw from sight or knowledge.

    Etymology: hidan , Saxon.

    Avaunt, and quit my sight; let the earth hide thee! William Shakespeare.

    His reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Nile hears him knocking at his sev’nfold gates,
    And seeks his hidden spring, and fears his nephews fates. Dr.

    Thus the fire of gods and men below:
    What I have hidden, hope not thou to know. Dryden.

    The sev’ral parts lay hidden in the piece;
    Th’ occasion but exerted that, or this. Dryden.

    Then for my corps a homely grave provide,
    Which love and me from publick scorn may hide. Dryden.

    Seas hid with navies, chariots passing o’er
    The channel, on a bridge from shore to shore. Dryden.

    With what astonishment and veneration may we look into our own souls, where there are such hidden stores of virtue and knowledge, such inexhausted sources of perfection? Addison.

    The crafty being makes a much longer voyage than Ulysses, puts in practice many more wiles, and hides himself under a greater variety of shapes. Addison.

    Hell trembles at the sight, and hides its head
    In utmost darkness, while on earth each heart
    Is filled with peace. Nicholas Rowe, Royal Convert.

  3. To Hideverb

    To lye hid; to be concealed.

    A fox, that had been hard run, begged of a countryman, at work in a wood, to help him to some hiding place. Roger L'Estrange.

    Our bolder talents in full view display’d;
    Your virtues open fairest in the shade:
    Bred to disguise, in publick ’tis you hide,
    Where none distinguish ’twixt your shame and pride,
    Weakness or delicacy. Alexander Pope.


  1. Hide

    Hide is a song by American rock band Creed, released in 2002 as an International single from the band's third album, Weathered. It was imported as an extended play with two other songs: "Bullets" and "Unforgiven" (all album versions) along with the CGI-made video for "Bullets." The band had released EPs and imports throughout the Eastern hemisphere. There was also a Spanish import with a gray background and their logo with the song name as cover art. The real EP artwork is of the Creed bandmates staring into the sun, with Stapp covering his face to see through the light.


  1. hide

    Hide generally refers to the act of concealing or putting something out of sight in order to keep it from being seen, discovered, or known by others. It can also refer to taking cover or seeking refuge in a safe or secluded place.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hideverb

    to conceal, or withdraw from sight; to put out of view; to secrete

  2. Hideverb

    to withhold from knowledge; to keep secret; to refrain from avowing or confessing

  3. Hideverb

    to remove from danger; to shelter

  4. Hideverb

    to lie concealed; to keep one's self out of view; to be withdrawn from sight or observation

  5. Hidenoun

    an abode or dwelling

  6. Hidenoun

    a measure of land, common in Domesday Book and old English charters, the quantity of which is not well ascertained, but has been differently estimated at 80, 100, and 120 acres

  7. Hidenoun

    the skin of an animal, either raw or dressed; -- generally applied to the undressed skins of the larger domestic animals, as oxen, horses, etc

  8. Hidenoun

    the human skin; -- so called in contempt

  9. Hideverb

    to flog; to whip

  10. Etymology: [OE. hide, hude, AS. hd; akin to D. huid, OHG. ht, G. haut, Icel. h, Dan. & Sw. hud, L. cutis, Gr. ky`tos; and cf. Gr. sky`tos skin, hide, L. scutum shield, and E. sky. 13.]


  1. Hide

    Hideto Matsumoto, known exclusively by his stage name hide, was a Japanese musician, singer and songwriter. He was primarily known for his work as lead guitarist of the heavy metal band X Japan, but was also a successful solo artist and co-founder of the United States-based band Zilch. He was highly popular and influential and has sold millions of records, both solo and as a member of X Japan. X Japan rose to prominence in the late 1980s and early 1990s, credited as founders of the Japanese visual kei movement. When they disbanded in 1997, hide focused on his solo career which started four years prior and went on to enjoy significant popularity. At the height of his fame, while recording his third studio album and about to launch an international career with the newly formed Zilch, he died in 1998 of what was officially ruled a suicide by hanging. hide was seen as an icon for Japanese youth rebelling against their country's conformist society and his death was labeled "the end of an era".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hide

    hīd, v.t. to conceal: to keep in safety.—v.i. to lie concealed:—pa.t. hid; pa.p. hid′den, hid.—adj. Hid′den, concealed: unknown.—adv. Hid′denly, in a hidden or secret manner: privily—(Scot.) Hid′lins.—adj. Hid′denmost, most hidden.—n. Hid′denness.—ns. Hide′-and-seek′, a children's game, where one seeks the others who have hid themselves; Hide′away, a fugitive.—adj. that hides away.—n. Hid′ing, a place of concealment [A.S. hýdan, to hide; cf. Low Ger. hûden, Gr. keuthein.]

  2. Hide

    hīd, n. the skin of an animal, esp. the larger animals, sometimes used derogatorily for human skin.—v.t. to flog or whip.—adj. Hide′-bound, having the hide closely bound to the body, as in animals: in trees, having the bark so close that it impedes the growth: stubborn, bigoted, obstinate.—n. Hid′ing, a thrashing. [A.S. hýd; Ger. haut, L. cutis.]

  3. Hide

    hīd, n. in old English law, a certain area of land, from 60 to 100 acres.—n. Hid′age, a tax once assessed on every hide of land. [A.S. híd, contracted from hígidhíw-, híg-, household.]

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  2. HIDE

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HIDE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hide is ranked #133048 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hide surname appeared 127 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Hide.

    73.2% or 93 total occurrences were White.
    18.9% or 24 total occurrences were Asian.
    5.5% or 7 total occurrences were Black.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hide' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4168

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hide' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3701

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hide' in Verbs Frequency: #323

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hide in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hide in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of hide in a Sentence

  1. Jim Jordan:

    Written answers will not provide a sufficient opportunity to probe all the relevant facts and cross examine The Whistleblower. You don't get to ignite an impeachment effort and never account for your actions and role in orchestrating it, we have serious questions about this individual's political bias and partisan motivations and it seems Mark Zaid and Adam Schiff are attempting to hide these facts from public scrutiny. Last week's testimony raised even more concerns about the anonymous whistleblower and our need to hear from Mark Zaid and Adam Schiff, in person.

  2. Rodrigue Katembo:

    We need to have the same kind of strategies in place to combat illegal mining exploration in Virunga National Park and have the laws be respected like we did in Virunga, we need to have a support at national and international level.Hide Caption 11 of Rodrigue Katembo Photos : Protecting Africas oldest parkHe hopes to be able to develop ecological activities around the park's boundaries that will provide income for Virunga National Park local community. But due to lack of finance, there is only one truck to patrol over 4,000 square miles. Pictured, Rodrigue Katembo Katembo.Hide Caption 12 of 12 / * global CNN * /' use strict' ; jQuery( document). ready( function() { var galleryAdSlide = new CNN.AdSlide(' el __ gallery', false, CNN.contentModel.singletonFile) ; }) ; Rodrigue Katembo has loved wildlife since Rodrigue Katembo was young. But like many in the African nation, he has been touched by war. When he was 14 years old in 1989, Rodrigue Katembo was taken as a child soldier, during the Democratic Republic of Congo's long running armed conflict.He would remain a soldier for eight years in different rebel groups. After peace was briefly restored, he began work at Virunga, in 2003, protecting the land and healing the community.

  3. President Barack Obama:

    Our airstrikes are hitting ISIL harder than ever, in Iraq and Syria, we're taking out more of their fighters and leaders, their weapons, their oil tankers. Our special operations forces are on the ground -- because we're going to hunt down these terrorists wherever they try to hide.

  4. President Rouhani:

    Undoubtedly, such moves will never hide that great crime.

  5. Emmanuel Macron:

    Everything is interpreted, over-interpreted. She’s someone who has a strong personality but works hard to hide it. She laughs very easily, at everything, but shows it less than I do.

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