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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.]
(Zo["o]l.) A hoofed quadruped of the genus Equus; especially, the domestic horse ( Equus 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 sense.
The male of the genus Equus, in distinction from the female or male; usually, a castrated male.
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.
A frame with legs, used to support something; as, a clotheshorse, a sawhorse, etc.
A frame of timber, shaped like a horse, on which soldiers were made to ride for punishment.
Anything, actual or figurative, on which one rides as on a horse; a hobby.
(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.
See Footrope, a.
A breastband for a leadsman.
An iron bar for a sheet traveler to slide upon.
--W. C. Russell.
horsepower. [Colloq. contraction] 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 Horse trainer, one employed in subduing or training horses for use. Horse car.
A railroad car drawn by horses. See under Car.
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 medicine. 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.
One that runs horses, or keeps horses for racing.
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. Horse emmet (Zo["o]l.), the horse ant. Horse finch (Zo["o]l.), the chaffinch. [Prov. Eng.] Horse gentian (Bot.), fever root. Horse iron (Naut.), a large calking iron. Horse latitudes, a space in the North Atlantic famous for calms and baffling winds, being between the westerly winds of higher latitudes and the trade winds. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. Horse mackrel. (Zo["o]l.)
The common tunny ( Orcynus thunnus), found on the Atlantic coast of Europe and America, and in the Mediterranean.
The bluefish ( Pomatomus saltatrix).
The name is locally applied to various other fishes, as the California hake, the black candlefish, the jurel, the bluefish, etc. Horse marine (Naut.), an awkward, lubbery person; one of a mythical body of marine cavalry. [Slang] Horse mussel (Zo["o]l.), a large, marine mussel ( Modiola modiolus), found on the northern shores of Europe and America. Horse nettle (Bot.), a coarse, prickly, American herb, the Solanum Carolinense. Horse parsley. (Bot.) See Alexanders. Horse purslain (Bot.), a coarse fleshy weed of tropical America ( Trianthema monogymnum). Horse race, a race by horses; a match of horses in running or trotting. Horse racing, the practice of racing with horses. Horse railroad, a railroad on which the cars are drawn by horses; -- in England, and sometimes in the United States, called a tramway. Horse run (Civil Engin.), a device for drawing loaded wheelbarrows up an inclined plane by horse power. Horse sense, strong common sense. [Colloq. U.S.] Horse soldier, a cavalryman. Horse sponge (Zo["o]l.), a large, coarse, commercial sponge ( Spongia equina). Horse stinger (Zo["o]l.), a large dragon fly. [Prov. Eng.] Horse sugar (Bot.), a shrub of the southern part of the United States ( Symplocos tinctoria), whose leaves are sweet, and good for fodder. Horse tick (Zo["o]l.), a winged, dipterous insect ( Hippobosca equina), which troubles horses by biting them, and sucking their blood; -- called also horsefly, horse louse, and forest fly. Horse vetch (Bot.), a plant of the genus Hippocrepis ( Hippocrepis comosa), cultivated for the beauty of its flowers; -- called also horsehoe vetch, from the peculiar shape of its pods. Iron horse, a locomotive. [Colloq.] Salt horse, the sailor's name for salt beef. To look a gift horse in the mouth, to examine the mouth of a horse which has been received as a gift, in order to ascertain his age; -- hence, to accept favors in a critical and thankless spirit. --Lowell. To take horse.
To set out on horseback.
To be covered, as a mare.
See definition 7 (above).
n. a sport where horses and their jockeys compete to be fastest.
n. the sport of racing horses
Horse racing is an equestrian performance sport, involving two or more jockeys riding horses over a set distance for competition. It is one of the most ancient of all sports and its basic premise – to identify which of two or more horses is the fastest over a set course or distance – has remained unchanged since the earliest times.
Horse races vary widely in format. Often, countries have developed their own particular horse racing traditions. Variations include restricting races to particular breeds, running over obstacles, running over different distances, running on different track surfaces and running in different gaits.
While horses are sometimes raced purely for sport, a major part of horse racing's interest and economic importance lies in the gambling associated with it, an activity that in 2008 generated a world-wide market worth around US$115 billion.
Horse Racing is an equestrian video game released by Mattel Electronics for its Intellivision video game console in 1980. Although primarily a sports video game, Horse Racing was actually assigned to the Gaming Network, due to its pari-mutuel betting for placing bets on the horses during the game; the game houses 8 virtual Thoroughbred race horses residing in the fictional Rainbow Thoroughbred Stables at a fictional western Kentucky race track called Plympton Downs (based loosely on long-time sportscaster/ Intellivision sales personality George Plimpton). Each of the horses have differing racing abilities (front runner, pace keeper, come from behind, ...), and do vary from game time to game time (a horse with come from behind traits during one match may have front runner abilities during the next match). These horses are known by their colors (instead of their post position numbers—unlike in regular horse racing).
Usage examples of "horse racing".
A member of the German horse racing authorities had sent them a private warning that Vjoersterod was suspected of stage managing a series of non-starting ante-post favourites in big races in Germany, and that they had heard rumours he was now beginning to operate in England.
Let me tell you that in the horse racing business, if a man can’.
From this experience he branched out into fiction, using his knowledge of the inside world of horse racing as the background for his novels.
I would have loved to have seen his face when he played it and found horse racing instead.
There might be villains at every level in horse racing, but there were also people like Jo and George whose goodness and goodwill shone out like searchlights, who made the sport overall good fun and wholesome.
Historically the person accused at a Newmarket horse racing enquiry had to stand there on the carpet, and that's the origin of the phrase, to be carpeted.