horseshoe

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈhɔːrsʃuː/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈhɔrsˌʃu, ˈhɔrʃ-/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(hôrssho̅o̅′, hôrsh-)


Inflections of 'horseshoe' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
horseshoes
v 3rd person singular
horseshoeing
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
horseshoed
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
horseshoed
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
horse•shoe /ˈhɔrsˌʃu, ˈhɔrʃ-/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable] aU-shaped metal plate nailed to a horse's hoof to protect it.
  2. [countable] somethingU-shaped, as a valley.
  3. Gameshorseshoes, [uncountableused with a singular verb] a game in which horseshoes or otherU-shaped objects are tossed at an iron stake.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
horse•shoe  (hôrssho̅o̅′, hôrsh-),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -shoed, -shoe•ing, adj. 
n. 
  1. aU-shaped metal plate, plain or with calks, nailed to a horse's hoof to protect it from being injured by hard or rough surfaces.
  2. somethingU-shaped, as a valley, river bend, or other natural feature:We picnicked in the middle of a horseshoe of trees.
  3. Gameshorseshoes, (used with a sing. v.) a game in which horseshoes or otherU-shaped pieces of metal, plastic, etc., are tossed at an iron stake 30 or 40 ft. (9 or 12 m) away in order to encircle it or to come closer to it than one's opponent.

v.t. 
  1. to put a horseshoe or horseshoes on.

adj. 
  1. having the shape of a horseshoe;
    U-shaped:a horseshoe bend in the river.
horsesho′er, n. 
  • Middle English. See horse, shoe 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
horseshoe /ˈhɔːsˌʃuː/ n
  1. a piece of iron shaped like a U with the ends curving inwards that is nailed to the underside of the hoof of a horse to protect the soft part of the foot from hard surfaces: commonly thought to be a token of good luck
  2. an object of similar shape
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