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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I kept my own secret hoard of chocolate cookies in a big tin under the sink.
▪ And somewhere inside it, was the Presley hoard, or was going to be real shortly.
▪ But since people sometimes tied money into the knot of a large kerchief, it also means a hoard of money.
▪ Nor can the hoards be closely related to the campaigns of the war.
▪ The distribution of hoards might also be expected to reflect patterns of warfare and of wealth.
▪ This was supposed to be a set of professional fence-building equipment, but actually looked like a hoard of junk.
▪ My grandmother hoards everything - jam jars, plastic bags, pieces of string - her house is a mess.
▪ Some gasoline dealers began hoarding supplies.
▪ They've been hoarding food and water, convinced that some kind of catastrophe is coming.
▪ All those words he had hoarded for so long and released so grudgingly.
▪ Everyone knows it is illegal to hoard a spot.
▪ He had hoarded the butt-ends of candles as another prisoner would hoard pieces of food.
▪ Life is hoarded elsewhere by others.
▪ That tends to make people want to hoard.
▪ The secret, almost inaccessible haven where the black-robed savants hoarded the wisdom that sustained the people of Arcadia.
▪ Torney, who hoards old Harley-Davidson metallic signs for his own pleasure, was proud of his purchase that Sunday.
▪ Typically, sodium ions are excluded and potassium ions are hoarded.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hoard \Hoard\, n. [OE. hord, AS. hord; akin to OS. hord, G. hort, Icel. hodd, Goth. huzd; prob. from the root of E. hide to conceal, and of L. custos guard, E. custody. See Hide to conceal.] A store, stock, or quantity of anything accumulated or laid up; a hidden supply; a treasure; as, a hoard of provisions; a hoard of money.


Hoard \Hoard\, n. See Hoarding, 2.


Hoard \Hoard\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hoarded; p. pr. & vb. n. Hoarding.] [AS. hordian.] To collect and lay up; to amass and deposit in secret; to store secretly, or for the sake of keeping and accumulating; as, to hoard grain.


Hoard \Hoard\, v. i. To lay up a store or hoard, as of money.

To hoard for those whom he did breed.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English hord "treasure, valuable stock or store," from Proto-Germanic *huzdam (cognates: Old Saxon hord "treasure, hidden or inmost place," Old Norse hodd, German Hort, Gothic huzd "treasure," literally "hidden treasure"), from PIE root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)).


Old English hordian, cognate with Old High German gihurten, German gehorden, Gothic huzdjan, from the root of hoard (n.). Related: Hoarded; hoarding.


n. 1 A hidden supply or fund. 2 (context archaeology English) A cache of valuable objects or artefacts; a trove. 3 (misspelling of horde English) vb. To amass, usually for one's personal collection.

  1. n. a secret store of valuables or money [syn: cache, stash]

  2. v. save up as for future use [syn: stash, cache, lay away, hive up, squirrel away]

  3. get or gather together; "I am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife"; "She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis"; "She rolled up a small fortune" [syn: roll up, collect, accumulate, pile up, amass, compile]


In archaeology, a hoard, or "wealth deposit", is a collection of valuable objects or artifacts, sometimes purposely buried in the ground. This would usually be with the intention of later recovery by the hoarder; hoarders sometimes died before retrieving the hoard, and these surviving hoards may be uncovered much later by metal detector hobbyists, members of the public, and archaeologists. Forgetfulness and physical displacement from the location of the hoard may contribute to failing to retrieve it.

Hoards provide a useful method of providing dates for artifacts through association as they can usually be assumed to be contemporary and therefore used in creating chronologies. Hoards can also be considered an indicator of the relative degree of unrest in ancient societies. Thus conditions 5th and 6th century Britain spurred the burial of hoards, of which the most famous are the Hoxne Hoard, Suffolk; the Mildenhall Treasure, the Fishpool Hoard, Nottinghamshire, the Water Newton hoard, Cambridgeshire, and the Cuerdale Hoard, Lancashire, all preserved in the British Museum.

Prudence Harper of the Metropolitan Museum of Art voiced some practical reservations about hoards at the time of the Soviet exhibition of Scythian gold in New York City in 1975. Writing of the so-called " Maikop treasure" (acquired from three separate sources by three museums early in the twentieth century, the Berliner Museen, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Metropolitan Museum, New York, N.Y.), Harper warned:

Such "dealer's hoards" can be highly misleading, but better understanding of archaeology amongst collectors, museums and the general public is gradually making them less common and more easily identified.

Hoard (video game)

Hoard (trademarked as HOARD) is an action- strategy video game developed by Big Sandwich Games Inc. It was released in November 2010 in North America on PlayStation Network, and April 4, 2011 for the PC and Mac on Steam and was released in June 2, 2011 on the PAL PlayStation Network regions.

Hoard (disambiguation)

A hoard is a collection of valuable objects or artifacts, sometimes purposely buried in the ground.

Hoard may also refer to:

  • Hoard (surname)
  • Hoard (video game), a 2010 action-strategy video game developed by Big Sandwich Games
  • Hoard, West Virginia, an unincorporated community in Monongalia County, West Virginia, United States
  • Hoard, Wisconsin, a town in Clark County, Wisconsin, United States
  • Hoard memory allocator, a memory allocator for Linux, Solaris, Microsoft Windows and other operating systems
  • Hoard's Dairyman, a dairy industry magazine
Hoard (surname)

Hoard is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Charles B. Hoard (1805-1886), U.S. Representative from New York
  • Greg Hoard, American journalist and author
  • James L. Hoard (1905—1993), American chemist, a member of the Manhattan Project
  • Leroy Hoard (born 1968), American football running back
  • Samuel Hoard (1599–1658), English clergyman and controversialist in the Arminian interest
  • Samuel Hoard (politician) (1800–1889), American politician
  • William D. Hoard (1836–1918), 16th Governor of the U.S. state of Wisconsin

Usage examples of "hoard".

At the Royal Canal bridge, from his hoarding, Mr Eugene Stratton, his blub lips agrin, bade all comers welcome to Pembroke township.

Oresbius cinched with shining belt who had lived in Hyle hoarding his great wealth, his estate aslope the shores of Lake Cephisus, and round him Boeotians held the fertile plain.

Nobel pricked up his ears and bade Reynard relate how this hoard was obtained and where it was concealed.

For me, no venerable spinster hoarded in the Trongate, permitting herself few luxuries during a long-protracted life, save a lass and a lanthorn, a parrot, and the invariable baudrons of antiquity.

It might have been taken across wastes by caravans, forged into pagan funeral-masks, plundered from fallen citadels, buried in secret hoards, dug up by thieves, seized by pirates, made into jewels, and coined into specie of diverse realms.

Bakkat opened the pouch on his belt and brought out a stick of eland chagga half the length of his thumb that he had been hoarding, and the dried wing of a sunbird.

There is no foundation that will enfranchise them, no philanthropist who will risk his hoard in the hands of the mad ones.

The Web of Esen would protect what lived, not hoard the past to itself.

Behind him Gribble followed with a rake and a hoarded ball of twine ends, making bundles they could carry to the barn.

Corvallis would lie in ruins, its hoarded libraries, its fragile industry, its windmills and flickering electric lights, all vanished forever into the lowering dark age.

They demand directions to our sepulchres, and ways to break in and come on our hoarded gold, or what hereditary defects afflict our line, in order they may harm our descendants.

Behind his eyes is redness, the red of tiny hoarded fires, of explosions in the air.

Flashes of blue light and sharp explosions mark the destruction of hoarded Golden technology.

Iraqi people rather than being seized and hoarded by local warlords as in Somalia and Afghanistan.

Weapons he hoarded in plenty, and the ironsmiths of twenty or more tribes hammered and forged at his order.