Hypertext Webster Gateway: "horse"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

always referred to in the Bible in connection with warlike
operations, except Isa. 28:28. The war-horse is described Job
39:19-25. For a long period after their settlement in Canaan the
Israelites made no use of horses, according to the prohibition,
Deut. 17:16. David was the first to form a force of cavalry (2
Sam. 8:4). But Solomon, from his connection with Egypt, greatly
multiplied their number (1 Kings 4:26; 10:26, 29). After this,
horses were freely used in Israel (1 Kings 22:4; 2 Kings 3:7;
9:21, 33; 11:16). The furniture of the horse consisted simply of
a bridle (Isa. 30:28) and a curb (Ps. 32:9).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Horse \Horse\, n. (Student Slang)
(a) A translation or other illegitimate aid in study or
examination; -- called also {trot}, {pony}, {Dobbin}.
(b) Horseplay; tomfoolery.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Footrope \Foot"rope`\, n. (Aut.)
(a) The rope rigged below a yard, upon which men stand when
reefing or furling; -- formerly called a {horse}.
(b) That part of the boltrope to which the lower edge of a
sail is sewed.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Horse \Horse\ (h[^o]rs), n. [AS. hors; akin to OS. hros, D. &
OHG. ros, G. ross, Icel. hross; and perh. to L. currere to
run, E. course, current Cf. {Walrus}.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) 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.

Note: Many varieties, differing in form, size, color, gait,
speed, etc., are known, but all are believed to have
been derived from the same original species. It is
supposed to have been a native of the plains of Central
Asia, but the wild species from which it was derived is
not certainly known. The feral horses of America are
domestic horses that have run wild; and it is probably
true that most of those of Asia have a similar origin.
Some of the true wild Asiatic horses do, however,
approach the domestic horse in several characteristics.
Several species of fossil ({Equus}) are known from the
later Tertiary formations of Europe and America. The
fossil species of other genera of the family
{Equid[ae]} are also often called horses, in general

2. The male of the genus horse, in distinction from the
female or male; usually, a castrated male.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

3. Mounted soldiery; cavalry; -- used without the plural
termination; as, a regiment of horse; -- distinguished
from foot.

The armies were appointed, consisting of twenty-five
thousand horse and foot. --Bacon.

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. (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.

8. (Naut.)
(a) See {Footrope}, a.
(b) A breastband for a leadsman.
(c) An iron bar for a sheet traveler to slide upon.
(d) A jackstay. --W. C. Russell. --Totten.

Note: Horse is much used adjectively and in composition to
signify of, or having to do with, a horse or horses,
like a horse, etc.; as, horse collar, horse dealer or
horse?dealer, horsehoe, horse jockey; and hence, often
in the sense of strong, loud, coarse, etc.; as,
horselaugh, horse nettle or horse-nettle, horseplay,
horse ant, etc.

{Black horse}, {Blood horse}, etc. See under {Black}, etc.

{Horse aloes}, caballine aloes.

{Horse ant} (Zo["o]l.), a large ant ({Formica rufa}); --
called also {horse emmet}.

{Horse artillery}, that portion of the artillery in which the
cannoneers are mounted, and which usually serves with the
cavalry; flying artillery.

{Horse balm} (Bot.), a strong-scented labiate plant
({Collinsonia Canadensis}), having large leaves and
yellowish flowers.

{Horse bean} (Bot.), a variety of the English or Windsor bean
({Faba vulgaris}), grown for feeding horses.

{Horse boat}, a boat for conveying horses and cattle, or a
boat propelled by horses.

{Horse bot}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Botfly}, and {Bots}.

{Horse box}, a railroad car for transporting valuable horses,
as hunters. [Eng.]

{Horse} {breaker or trainer}, one employed in subduing or
training horses for use.

{Horse car}.
(a) A railroad car drawn by horses. See under {Car}.
(b) A car fitted for transporting horses.

{Horse cassia} (Bot.), a leguminous plant ({Cassia
Javanica}), bearing long pods, which contain a black,
catharic pulp, much used in the East Indies as a horse

{Horse cloth}, a cloth to cover a horse.

{Horse conch} (Zo["o]l.), a large, spiral, marine shell of
the genus Triton. See {Triton}.

{Horse courser}.
(a) One that runs horses, or keeps horses for racing.
(b) A dealer in horses. [Obs.] --Wiseman.

{Horse crab} (Zo["o]l.), the Limulus; -- called also
{horsefoot}, {horsehoe crab}, and {king crab}.

{Horse crevall['e]} (Zo["o]l.), the cavally.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Horse \Horse\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Horsed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Horsing}.] [AS. horsion.]
1. To provide with a horse, or with horses; to mount on, or
as on, a horse. ``Being better horsed, outrode me.''

2. To sit astride of; to bestride. --Shak.

3. To cover, as a mare; -- said of the male.

4. To take or carry on the back; as, the keeper, horsing a
deer. --S. Butler.

5. To place on the back of another, or on a wooden horse,
etc., to be flogged; to subject to such punishment.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Horse \Horse\, v. i.
To get on horseback. [Obs.] --Shelton.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since
prehistoric times [syn: {Equus caballus}]
2: a padded gymnastic apparatus on legs
3: troops trained to fight on horseback: "500 horse led the
attack" [syn: {cavalry}, {horse cavalry}]
4: a framework for holding wood that is being sawed [syn: {sawhorse},
{sawbuck}, {buck}]
5: a chessman in the shape of a horse's head; can move two
squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)
[syn: {knight}]
6: a narcotic that is considered a hard drug; a highly
addictive morphine derivative [syn: {heroin}, {diacetylmorphine},
{H}, {junk}, {scag}, {shit}, {smack}]
v : provide with a horse or horses

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