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Princeton's WordNet

  1. horse, Equus caballusnoun

    solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times

  2. horse, gymnastic horsenoun

    a padded gymnastic apparatus on legs

  3. cavalry, horse cavalry, horsenoun

    troops trained to fight on horseback

    "500 horse led the attack"

  4. sawhorse, horse, sawbuck, bucknoun

    a framework for holding wood that is being sawed

  5. knight, horseverb

    a chessman shaped to resemble the head of a horse; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)

  6. horseverb

    provide with a horse or horses


  1. horsenoun


    Alright, mate, got any horse?

  2. HORSEnoun

    A poker variant consisting of five different poker variants, with the rules changing from one variant to the next after every hand.

  3. Etymology: Initialism of Texas hold 'em, Omaha eight or better, razz, seven card stud, and seven card stud eight or better.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HORSEnoun

    Etymology: hors, Saxon.

    Duncan’s horses, the minions of the race,
    Turn’d wild in nature, broke their stalls. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse! William Shakespeare, R. III.

    I would sell my horse, and buy ten more
    Better than he. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    Thy face, bright centaur, Autumn’s heats retain,
    The softer season suiting to the man;
    Whilst Winter’s shivering goat afflicts the horse
    With frost, and makes him an uneasy course. Thomas Creech.

    We call a little horse, such a one as comes not up to the size of that idea which we have in our minds to belong ordinarily to horses. John Locke.

    I took horse to the lake of Constance, which is formed by the entry of the Rhine. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    I did hear
    The galloping of horse: who was’t came by? William Shakespeare, Macb.

    The armies were appointed, consisting of twenty-five thousand horse and foot, for the repulsing of the enemy at their landing. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    If they had known that all the king’s horse were quartered behind them, their foot might very well have marched away with their horse. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Th’ Arcadian horse
    With ill success engage the Latin force. John Dryden, Æn.

  2. To Horseverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He came out with all his clowns, horsed upon such cartjades, and so furnished, as in good faith I thought with myself, if that were thrift, I wisht none of my friends or subjects ever to thrive. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    After a great fight there came to the camp of Gonsalvo, the great captain, a gentleman proudly horsed and armed: Diego de Mendoza asked the great captain, Who’s this? Who answered, It is St. Ermin, who never appears but after the storm. Francis Bacon, Apophthegms.

    Stalls, bulks, windows
    Are smother’d, leads fill’d, and ridges hors’d
    With variable complexions; all agreeing
    In earnestness to see him. William Shakespeare.

    If you let him out to horse more mares than your own, you must feed him well. John Mortimer, Husbandry.


  1. Horse

    The horse (Equus ferus caballus) is one of two extant subspecies of Equus ferus. It is an odd-toed ungulate mammal belonging to the taxonomic family Equidae. The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature, Eohippus, into the large, single-toed animal of today. Humans began domesticating horses around 4000 BC, and their domestication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC. Horses in the subspecies caballus are domesticated, although some domesticated populations live in the wild as feral horses. These feral populations are not true wild horses, as this term is used to describe horses that have never been domesticated, such as the endangered Przewalski's horse, a separate subspecies, and the only remaining true wild horse. There is an extensive, specialized vocabulary used to describe equine-related concepts, covering everything from anatomy to life stages, size, colors, markings, breeds, locomotion, and behavior. Horses are adapted to run, allowing them to quickly escape predators, possessing an excellent sense of balance and a strong fight-or-flight response. Related to this need to flee from predators in the wild is an unusual trait: horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down, with younger horses tending to sleep significantly more than adults. Female horses, called mares, carry their young for approximately 11 months, and a young horse, called a foal, can stand and run shortly following birth. Most domesticated horses begin training under a saddle or in a harness between the ages of two and four. They reach full adult development by age five, and have an average lifespan of between 25 and 30 years. Horse breeds are loosely divided into three categories based on general temperament: spirited "hot bloods" with speed and endurance; "cold bloods", such as draft horses and some ponies, suitable for slow, heavy work; and "warmbloods", developed from crosses between hot bloods and cold bloods, often focusing on creating breeds for specific riding purposes, particularly in Europe. There are more than 300 breeds of horse in the world today, developed for many different uses. Horses and humans interact in a wide variety of sport competitions and non-competitive recreational pursuits, as well as in working activities such as police work, agriculture, entertainment, and therapy. Horses were historically used in warfare, from which a wide variety of riding and driving techniques developed, using many different styles of equipment and methods of control. Many products are derived from horses, including meat, milk, hide, hair, bone, and pharmaceuticals extracted from the urine of pregnant mares. Humans provide domesticated horses with food, water, and shelter, as well as attention from specialists such as veterinarians and farriers.


  1. horse

    A horse is a large domesticated hoofed mammal of the species Equus caballus, used for riding and for pulling heavy loads. It is a herbivore with a long head, muscular body, short hair, and is known for its speed and endurance. Horses come in various sizes, colors and breeds, and have been historically significant for transportation, agriculture, warfare, and sports.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Horsenoun

    a hoofed quadruped of the genus Equus; especially, the domestic horse (E. caballus), which was domesticated in Egypt and Asia at a very early period. It has six broad molars, on each side of each jaw, with six incisors, and two canine teeth, both above and below. The mares usually have the canine teeth rudimentary or wanting. The horse differs from the true asses, in having a long, flowing mane, and the tail bushy to the base. Unlike the asses it has callosities, or chestnuts, on all its legs. The horse excels in strength, speed, docility, courage, and nobleness of character, and is used for drawing, carrying, bearing a rider, and like purposes

  2. Horsenoun

    the male of the genus horse, in distinction from the female or male; usually, a castrated male

  3. Horsenoun

    mounted soldiery; cavalry; -- used without the plural termination; as, a regiment of horse; -- distinguished from foot

  4. Horsenoun

    a frame with legs, used to support something; as, a clotheshorse, a sawhorse, etc

  5. Horsenoun

    a frame of timber, shaped like a horse, on which soldiers were made to ride for punishment

  6. Horsenoun

    anything, actual or figurative, on which one rides as on a horse; a hobby

  7. Horsenoun

    a mass of earthy matter, or rock of the same character as the wall rock, occurring in the course of a vein, as of coal or ore; hence, to take horse -- said of a vein -- is to divide into branches for a distance

  8. Horsenoun

    see Footrope, a

  9. Horseadjective

    a breastband for a leadsman

  10. Horseadjective

    an iron bar for a sheet traveler to slide upon

  11. Horseadjective

    a jackstay

  12. Horseverb

    to provide with a horse, or with horses; to mount on, or as on, a horse

  13. Horseverb

    to sit astride of; to bestride

  14. Horseverb

    to cover, as a mare; -- said of the male

  15. Horseverb

    to take or carry on the back; as, the keeper, horsing a deer

  16. Horseverb

    to place on the back of another, or on a wooden horse, etc., to be flogged; to subject to such punishment

  17. Horseverb

    to get on horseback

  18. Etymology: [AS. horsion.]


  1. HORSE

    H.O.R.S.E. is a form of poker commonly played at the high stakes tables of casinos. It consists of rounds of play cycling among: ⁕Texas Hold 'em, ⁕Omaha hi-low split-eight or better, ⁕Razz, ⁕Seven card Stud, and ⁕Seven card stud hi-low split-Eight or better. H.O.R.S.E. is a limit game, including hold 'em. However, in some tournament situations, the final table is no-limit hold 'em. C.H.O.R.S.E adds Chowaha or Crazy Pineapple to the mix. This is convenient at such team events as BARGE, when it helps to have as many flop games as stud games. C.H.O.R.S.E.L adds lowball. T.H.O.R.S.E.H.A. is another 8-Game Mix which includes more games than most other mixed poker games. PokerStars started offering this game in 2008. It consists of limit 2-7 Triple Draw, limit Texas hold 'em, limit Omaha Hi-Lo, limit Razz, limit Seven-card Stud, limit Seven card Stud Hi-Lo, no limit Texas hold 'em and pot limit Omaha. 10-Game, the latest variation on the mixed poker games, overtook T.H.O.R.S.E.H.A. in the extent of its game inclusion. Launched by Full Tilt Poker in November 2010, 10-Game includes Limit Hold 'em, Limit Stud Hi/Lo, Pot Limit Omaha Hi, Limit 2-7 Triple Draw, Limit Razz, No Limit Hold ‘em, Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, Limit Stud Hi, No Limit 2-7 Single Draw and Limit Badugi. Full Tilt Poker also offers the 9-Game, which includes all poker variants from the 10-Game with the exception of Badugi.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. horse

    A foot-rope reaching from the opposite quarter of a yard to its arms or shoulders, and depending about two or three feet under the yard, for the sailors to tread on while they are loosing, reefing, or furling the sails, rigging out the studding-sail booms, &c. In order to keep the horse more parallel to the yard, it is usually attached thereto at proper distances, by certain ropes called stirrups, which have an eye spliced into their lower ends, through which the horse passes. (See STIRRUPS and FOOT-ROPES.) Also, a rope formerly fast to the fore-mast fore-shrouds, with a dead-eye to receive the spritsail-sheet-pendant, and keep the spritsail-sheets clear of the flukes of the anchor. Also, the breast-rope which is made fast to the shrouds to protect the leadsman. Also, applied to any pendant and thimble through which running-rigging was led, now commonly called a lizard. Also, a thick rope, extending in a perpendicular direction near the fore or after side of a mast, for the purpose of hoisting some yard, or extending a sail thereon; when before the mast, it is used for the square-sail, whose yard is attached to the horse by means of a traveller or bull's-eye, which slides up and down. When it is abaft the mast, it is intended for the trysail of a snow; but is seldom used in this position, except in those sloops of war which occasionally assume the appearance of snows to deceive the enemy. Also, the name of the sawyer's frame or trestle. Also, the round iron bar formerly fixed to the main-rail at the head with stanchions; a fir rail is now used, and the head berthed up. Also, in cutters or schooners, one horse is a stout iron bar, with a large thimble, which spans the vessel from side to side close to the deck before the fore-mast. To this the forestaysail-sheet is hauled, and traverses. The other horse is a similar bar abaft, on which the main-boom sheet traverses. Also, cross-pieces on the tops of standards, on which the booms or spare-spars or boats are lashed between the fore and main masts. Horses are also termed jack-stays, on which sails are hauled out, as gaff-sails. Horse is a term of derision where an officer assumes the grandioso, demanding honour where honour is not his due. Also, a strict disciplinarian, in nautical parlance. Also, tough salt beef--salt horse.--Flemish horse is the horse which has an iron thimble in one end, which goes over the iron point of the yard-arm before the studding-sail boom-iron is put on; in the other, a lashing eye, which is secured near the head earing of the top-sail. It is intended for the men at the earing in reefing, or when setting the top-gallant-studding-sails.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. horse

    A military term for a body of cavalry.

Editors Contribution

  1. horse

    A type of animal.

    There are a wide variety of horses in various colours and breeds.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 13, 2015  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HORSE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Horse is ranked #68547 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Horse surname appeared 287 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Horse.

    67.6% or 194 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    16.3% or 47 total occurrences were White.
    8.7% or 25 total occurrences were Black.
    4.5% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'horse' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1384

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'horse' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1196

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'horse' in Nouns Frequency: #347

Anagrams for horse »

  1. shore

  2. shoer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of horse in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of horse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of horse in a Sentence

  1. Simone Netherlands:

    That’s absolutely not true, there has never been anyone hurt by a wild horse.

  2. American Pharoah:

    Look at American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat, this will be American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat fourth race in eight weeks. That usually takes a toll on a horse but American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat's coming in to the race the best American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat can be.

  3. Maddie Feaster:

    You're never going to fool a horse.

  4. Bob Baffert:

    I wasn’t as nervous as I usually am before these because I really felt I had the horse, when I saddled him I could tell. I told Victor in the paddock, 'Dude, he is ready, ride him with confidence.’ And he did.

  5. Richard Kehl:

    A little boy came home and told his mother he had gotten first prize in an examination. The question had been How many legs does a horse have He had answered, Three. When his mother asked how he had gotten the first prize, he replied that all the other children had said, Two.

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