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Horse (noun)

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Horse. n.s. [hors, Saxon.]

  1. A neighing quadruped, used in war, and draught and carriage.

    Duncan's horses, the minions of the race,
    Turn'd wild in nature, broke their stalls.
    Shakesp. Macbeth.

    A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse! Shak. R. III.

    I would sell my horse, and buy ten more
    Better than he.
    Shakesp. Timon of Athens.

    Thy face, bright centaur, Autumn's heats retain,
    The softer season suiting to the man;
    Whilst Winter's shivering goat afflicts the horse
    With frost, and makes him an uneasy coarse.

    We call a little horse, such a one as comes not up to the size of that idea which we have in our minds to belong ordinarily to horses. Locke.

    I took horse to the lake of Constance, which is formed by the entry of the Rhine. Addison on Italy.

  2. It is used in the plural sense, but with a singular termination, for horses, horsemen, or cavalry.

              I did hear
    The galloping of horse: who was't came by?
    Shak. Macb.

    The armies were appointed, consisting of twenty-five thousand horse and foot, for the repulsing of the enemy at their landing. Bacon's War with Spain.

    If they had known that all the king's horse were quartered behind them, their foot might very well have marched away with their horse. Clarendon, b. viii.

              Th' Arcadian horse
    With ill success engage the Latin force.
    Dryden's Æn.

  3. Something on which any thing is supported; as, a horse to dry linnen on.

  4. A wooden machine which soldiers ride by way of punishment. It is sometimes called a timber-mare.

  5. Joined to another substantive, it signifies something large or coarse: as, a horseface, a face of which the features are large and indelicate.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Clarendon, Edward (73) · Creech, Thomas (12) · Dryden, John (788) · Locke, John (269) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Shakespeare's Richard III (63) · Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (32)

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