horse(hôrs),USA pronunciationn., pl.hors•es, (esp. collectively) horse,v.,horsed, hors•ing,adj. n.
Mammalsa large, solid-hoofed, herbivorous quadruped, Equus caballus, domesticated since prehistoric times, bred in a number of varieties, and used for carrying or pulling loads, for riding, and for racing.
Mammalsa fully mature male animal of this type; stallion.
Mammalsany of several odd-toed ungulates belonging to the family Equidae, including the horse, zebra, donkey, and ass, having a thick, flat coat with a narrow mane along the back of the neck and bearing the weight on only one functioning digit, the third, which is widened into a round or spade-shaped hoof.
something on which a person rides, sits, or exercises, as if astride the back of such an animal:rocking horse.
BuildingAlso called trestle. a frame, block, etc., with legs, on which something is mounted or supported.
See vaulting horse.
See pommel horse.
Building[Carpentry.]carriage (def. 7).
soldiers serving on horseback; cavalry:a thousand horse.
Slang Termsa man; fellow.
Informal TermsOften, horses. horsepower.
Slang Termshorses, the power or capacity to accomplish something, as by having enough money, personnel, or expertise:Our small company doesn't have the horses to compete against a giant corporation.
Slang Termsa crib, translation, or other illicit aid to a student's recitation; trot; pony.
Mininga mass of rock enclosed within a lode or vein.
Nautical, Naval Termstraveler (def. 6b).
Nautical, Naval Terms[Shipbuilding.]a mold of a curved frame, esp. one used when the complexity of the curves requires laying out at full size.
Idiomsback the wrong horse, to be mistaken in judgment, esp. in backing a losing candidate.
Idiomsbeat or flog a dead horse, to attempt to revive a discussion, topic, or idea that has waned, been exhausted, or proved fruitless.
from the horse's mouth,[Informal.]on good authority; from the original or a trustworthy source:I have it straight from the horse's mouth that the boss is retiring.
hold one's horses,[Informal.]to check one's impulsiveness; be patient or calm:Hold your horses! I'm almost ready.
Idiomshorse of another color, something entirely different. Also, horse of a different color.
Idiomslook a gift horse in the mouth, to be critical of a gift.
IdiomsTo horse! Mount your horse! Ride!
to provide with a horse or horses.
to set on horseback.
to set or carry on a person's back or on one's own back.
Building[Carpentry.]to cut notches for steps into (a carriage beam).
to move with great physical effort or force:It took three men to horse the trunk up the stairs.
to make (a person) the target of boisterous jokes.
to perform boisterously, as a part or a scene in a play.
Naval Termsto caulk (a vessel) with a hammer.
Naval Termsto work or haze (a sailor) cruelly or unfairly.
[Archaic.]to place (someone) on a person's back, in order to be flogged.
to mount or go on a horse.
Animal Husbandry(of a mare) to be in heat.
Slang Terms[Vulgar.]to have coitus.
horse around,[Slang.]to fool around; indulge in horseplay.
of, for, or pertaining to a horse or horses:the horse family; a horse blanket.
drawn or powered by a horse or horses.
mounted or serving on horses:horse troops.
bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English, Old English hors; cognate with Old Norse hross, Dutch ros, German Ross (Middle High German ros, Old High German hros); (verb, verbal) Middle English horsen to provide with horses, Old English horsian, derivative of the noun, nominal