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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

A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.
Pam Brown

When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars people said, 'Nah, what's wrong with a horse?' That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.
Elon Musk

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren't enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.
Viggo Mortensen

I would travel only by horse, if I had the choice.
Linda McCartney
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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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