What does horseshoe mean?

Definitions for horseshoe
ˈhɔrsˌʃu, ˈhɔrʃ-horse·shoe

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. horseshoenoun

    game equipment consisting of an open ring of iron used in playing horseshoes

  2. horseshoe, shoeverb

    U-shaped plate nailed to underside of horse's hoof

  3. horseshoeverb

    equip (a horse) with a horseshoe or horseshoes


  1. Horseshoenoun

    pl. A game in which horseshoes or horseshoe-shaped objects (usually made of metal) are thrown at either of two stakes fixed in the ground at a distance of 30 to 40 feet apart. The player stands at or near one stake and throws several the horseshoes at the other stake. Points are scored when the player throws the horseshoe so that it surrounds the stake; fewer points are scored if the horseshoe is close to but not surrounding the stake. The players take turns and the first player to achieve the target score wins; as,


  1. horseshoenoun

    The U-shaped metallic shoe of a horse.

    Etymology: From horse + shoe.

  2. horseshoenoun

    A U-shaped piece of metal used to play the game horseshoes.

    Etymology: From horse + shoe.

  3. horseshoenoun

    The U shape of a horseshoe.

    Etymology: From horse + shoe.

  4. horseshoenoun

    A well-developed set of triceps brachii muscles.

    Etymology: From horse + shoe.

  5. horseshoenoun

    The symbol u2283.

    Etymology: From horse + shoe.

  6. horseshoeverb

    To apply horseshoes to a horse.

    Etymology: From horse + shoe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Horseshoenoun

    a shoe for horses, consisting of a narrow plate of iron in form somewhat like the letter U, nailed to a horse's hoof

  2. Horseshoenoun

    anything shaped like a horsehoe crab

  3. Horseshoenoun

    the Limulus of horsehoe crab


  1. Horseshoe

    A horseshoe is a fabricated product, normally made of metal, although sometimes made partially or wholly of modern synthetic materials, designed to protect a horse's hoof from wear. Shoes are attached on the palmar surface of the hooves, usually nailed through the insensitive hoof wall that is anatomically akin to the human toenail, though much larger and thicker. However, there are many cases where shoes are sometimes glued. The fitting of horseshoes is a professional occupation, conducted by a farrier, who specializes in the preparation of feet, assessing potential lameness issues, and fitting appropriate shoes, including remedial features where required. In some countries, such as the United Kingdom, horseshoeing is legally restricted to only people with specific qualifications and experience. In other nations, such as the United States, where professional licensing is not legally required, professional organizations provide certification programs that publicly identify qualified individuals. Horseshoes are available in a wide variety of materials and styles, developed for different types of horse and for the work they do. The most common materials are steel and aluminum, but specialized shoes may include use of rubber, plastic, magnesium, titanium, or copper. Steel tends to be preferred in sports where a strong, long-wearing shoe is needed, such as polo, eventing, show jumping, and western riding events. Aluminum shoes are lighter, making them common in horse racing, where a lighter shoe is desired; and often facilitate certain types of desired movement, and so are favored in the discipline of dressage. Some horseshoes have "caulkins", "caulks", or "calks": protrusions at the toe and/or heels of the shoe, to provide additional traction.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of horseshoe in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of horseshoe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of horseshoe in a Sentence

  1. Russell Allevato:

    We were surrounded by the flames. They were to the left, then in front of us and they came around to the right. We were in a big horseshoe in the middle.

  2. Supaporn Wacharapluesadee:

    The reason we need to investigate the horseshoe bat is because there are reports from China that the COVID-19 virus is similar to the virus found in the horseshoe bat.

  3. Peter Daszak:

    The new coronavirus matched a sample taken from a horseshoe bat in a cave in Yunnan in 2013, it was 96.2 % identical.

  4. Jay Bolden:

    That was the tipping point, if it got really serious, and they said nobody could touch the horseshoe crabs because they have to rebuild the red knot population, that was going to be significant.

  5. Bruce Patterson:

    With COVID-19, we have a virus thats running amok in the human population. It originated in a horseshoe bat in China. There are 25 or 30 species of horseshoe bats in China, and no one can determine which one was involved. We owe it to ourselves to learn more about them and their relatives.

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