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Definition of Horse


  1. 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. The male of the genus horse, in distinction from the female or male; usually, a castrated male.
  3. Mounted soldiery; cavalry; -- used without the plural termination; as, a regiment of horse; -- distinguished from foot.
  4. A frame with legs, used to support something; as, a clotheshorse, a sawhorse, etc.
  5. A frame of timber, shaped like a horse, on which soldiers were made to ride for punishment.
  6. Anything, actual or figurative, on which one rides as on a horse; a hobby.
  7. 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. See Footrope, a.
  9. A breastband for a leadsman.
  10. An iron bar for a sheet traveler to slide upon.
  11. A jackstay.
  12. To provide with a horse, or with horses; to mount on, or as on, a horse.
  13. To sit astride of; to bestride.
  14. To cover, as a mare; -- said of the male.
  15. To take or carry on the back; as, the keeper, horsing a deer.
  16. To place on the back of another, or on a wooden horse, etc., to be flogged; to subject to such punishment.
  17. To get on horseback.
  18. A translation or other illegitimate aid in study or examination; -- called also trot, pony, Dobbin.
  19. Horseplay; tomfoolery.

Horse Quotations

Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.
Winston Churchill

It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.
Mark Twain

A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace. - Ovid
A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.

I've often said there's nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.
Ronald Reagan

Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on.
Robert Frost
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Horse Translations

horse in Afrikaans is perd
horse in Danish is hest
horse in Dutch is paard, ros
horse in Finnish is hevonen
horse in French is cheval
horse in German is Pferd
horse in Italian is cavallo
horse in Latin is equus
horse in Norwegian is hest
horse in Portuguese is cavalo
horse in Spanish is bayo

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