horse (plural horses)
- Any of several animals related to Equus ferus caballus.
- A hoofed mammal, of the genus Equus, often used throughout history for riding and draft work.
- (zoology) Any current or extinct animal of the family Equidae, including the zebra or the ass.
- (military, sometimes uncountable) Cavalry soldiers (sometimes capitalized when referring to an official category).
- (chess, informal) The chess piece representing a knight, depicted as a horse.
- (slang) A large and sturdy person.
- (historical) A timber frame shaped like a horse, which soldiers were made to ride for punishment.
- Equipment with legs.
- In gymnastics, a piece of equipment with a body on two or four legs, approximately four feet high, sometimes (pommel horse) with two handles on top .
- A frame with legs, used to support something.
- (nautical) Type of equipment.
- A rope stretching along a yard, upon which men stand when reefing or furling the sails; footrope.
- A breastband for a leadsman.
- An iron bar for a sheet traveller to slide upon.
- A jackstay.
- (mining) 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.
- (slang) The sedative, antidepressant, and anxiolytic drug morphine, chiefly when used illicitly.
- (US) An informal variant of basketball in which players match shots made by their opponent(s), each miss adding a letter to the word "horse", with 5 misses spelling the whole word and eliminating a player, until only the winner is left. Also HORSE, H-O-R-S-E or H.O.R.S.E. (see H-O-R-S-E on Wikipedia.Wikipedia ).
- (dated, slang, among students) A translation or other illegitimate aid in study or examination.
- (dated, slang, among students) horseplay; tomfoolery
From Middle English horsen, from Old English horsian (“to horse, provide with horses”) and ġehorsian (“to horse, set or mount on a horse, supply with horses”), from the noun (see above).
horse (third-person singular simple present horses, present participle horsing, simple past and past participle horsed)
- (intransitive) To frolic, to act mischievously. (Usually followed by "around".)
- (transitive) To provide with a horse; supply horses for.
- (obsolete) To get on horseback.
- To sit astride of; to bestride.
- (of a male horse) To copulate with (a mare).
- To take or carry on the back.
- To place on the back of another person, or on a wooden horse, etc., to be flogged; to subject to such punishment.
- (uncountable, slang) Heroin (drug).
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