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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Horse
  1. [Zoöl] 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.
  2. The male of the genus Equus, 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."The armies were appointed, consisting of twenty-five thousand horse and foot." [Bacon.]
  4. A frame with legs, used to support something; as, a clothes horse, a saw horse, 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 horsesaid of a vein -- is to divide into branches for a distance.
  8. [Naut]
    1. See Footrope (a.)
    2. A breastband for a leadsman.
    3. An iron bar for a sheet traveler to slide upon.
    4. A jackstay.
      W. C. Russell.
  9. [Student Slang]
    1. A translation or other illegitimate aid in study or examination; -- called also trot pony Dobbin.
    2. Horseplay; tomfoolery.
  10. heroin.(slang)
  11. horsepower.(Colloq. contraction)

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 Equidæ are also often called horses, in general sense.

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.

Etymology: 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

verb Horse
  1. To provide with a horse, or with horses; to mount on, or as on, a horse."Being better horsed, outrode me." [Shak.]
  2. To sit astride of; to bestride.
  3. To mate with (a mare); -- said of the male.
  4. To take or carry on the back; as, the keeper, horsing a deer.
  5. To place on the back of another, or on a wooden horse, etc., to be flogged; to subject to such punishment.

Etymology: AS. horsion

verb Horse
To get on horseback.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
  2. A padded gymnastic apparatus on legs
  3. A chessman shaped to resemble the head of a horse; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)
  4. A framework for holding wood that is being sawed
  5. Troops trained to fight on horseback ("500 horse led the attack")
  6. Provide with a horse or horses
  1. The seventh of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.

Notable Persons Named Horse

Horse MacGyver is a witch house (music genre) musician. He has been prominent since 2010. Horse was given the name Timothy Dwyer .


Horse was born on November 22nd, 1958 in Newport-on-Tay. Horse is also known as McDonald and Sheena.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Horse

Michael Horse is a film and television actor, jeweler, painter, film, television, jewellery, painting, and filmandtelevisionactor. Michael was born on December 21st, 1951 in Tucson, Arizona.


Nathan was born on April 28th, 1976 in Rosebud, South Dakota, United States.


Young was born in 1836. Young is also known as Tȟašúŋke Kȟokípȟapi (Standard Lakota Orthography); Tasunka Kokipapi (non-diacritized Lakota); The Young Man of Whose Horses They Are Afraid and Young Men Fear His Horses (translations). He left this life on July 13th, 1893.


Blue was born in 1822. He passed away in 1908.


Red was born in 1822. He breathed his last breath in 1907.


Chief Yellow Horse was a baseball player. Chief was born on January 28th, 1898 in Pawnee, Oklahoma. Chief is also known as Moses J. Yellow Horse. He died on April 10th, 1964.


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Popularity of Horse as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Horse U.S.
  White 16.38% 64.26%
  African American 8.71% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 67.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.53% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Horse

People with the last name Horse are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Horse

  • How Popular is the name Horse? As a last name Horse was the 68,547th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Horse first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Horse is Wednesday, November 30th, 1887.
  • How unique is the name Horse? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Horse. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Horse: Your name in reverse order is Esroh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Soerh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Horse? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 287 people with the last name Horse.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Horse? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Horse as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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