American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A group of cattle or other domestic animals of a single kind kept together for a specific purpose.
- n. A number of wild animals of one species that remain together as a group: a herd of elephants.
- n. A large number of people; a crowd: a herd of stranded passengers.
- n. The multitude of common people regarded as a mass: "It is the luxurious and dissipated who set the fashions which the herd so diligently follow” ( Henry David Thoreau). See Synonyms at flock1.
- v. To come together in a herd: The sheep herded for warmth.
- v. To gather, keep, or drive (animals) in a herd.
- v. To tend (sheep or cattle).
- v. To gather and place into a group or mass: herded the children into the auditorium.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A number of animals feeding or driven together; a drove; a flock: commonly used of the larger animals, such as cows, oxen, horses, asses (cattle), deer, camels, elephants, whales, etc., and sometimes of small cattle, as sheep, hogs, etc., and in falconry and fowling of birds, as swans, cranes, and curlews.
- n. In a disparaging sense, a company of men or people; a rabble; a mob: as, the vulgar herd.
- To go in a herd; congregate as beasts; feed or run in droves.
- To associate; unite in troops or companies; become one of any faction, party, or set: used in a more or less derogatory or sinister sense.
- To form into or as if into a herd.
- n. A herdsman; a keeper of cattle; a shepherd; hence, a keeper of any domestic animals: now rare in the simple form (except in Scotland), but common in composition, as in cowherd, goatherd, gooseherd, shepherd, swineherd.
- To take care of or tend, as cattle.
- To act as a herd or shepherd; tend cattle or take care of a flock.
- An obsolete spelling of heard, preterit and past participle of hear.
- An obsolete form of haired.
- v. intransitive To unite or associate in a herd; to feed or run together, or in company.
- v. intransitive To associate; to ally one's self with, or place one's self among, a group or company.
- n. Someone who keeps a group of domestic animals; a herdsman.
- v. intransitive, Scotland To act as a herdsman or a shepherd.
- v. transitive To form or put into a herd.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Haired.
- n. A number of beasts assembled together; ; a particular stock or family of cattle.
- n. A crowd of low people; a rabble.
- n. One who herds or assembles domestic animals; a herdsman; -- much used in composition
- v. To unite or associate in a herd; to feed or run together, or in company.
- v. To associate; to ally one's self with, or place one's self among, a group or company.
- v. Scot. To act as a herdsman or a shepherd.
- v. To form or put into a herd.
- n. a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things
- n. a group of wild mammals of one species that remain together: antelope or elephants or seals or whales or zebra
- v. cause to herd, drive, or crowd together
- v. keep, move, or drive animals
- v. move together, like a herd
- n. a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humans
- Old English hirde, hierde, from Proto-Germanic *hirdijaz. Cognate with German Hirte, Swedish herde, Danish hyrde. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English heord. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A fearful storm burst over the town of Pau on this day; a thunderbolt fell, and defaced the royal arms over the castle-gateway; and a fine bull, which was called _the King_, from its stately appearance, the chief of a herd called _the royal herd_, terrified by the noise and clamour, precipitated itself over the walls into the ditch of the castle, and was killed.”
“Over time you'll hear us use the term herd when referencing the majority of bloggers on the Net.”
“Good place to start culling the herd is at a Palin rally.”
“We used to see upwards of 100 deer on opening weekend, and we never heard from the DNR then about "the burgeoning deer herd" or how "overpopulated the herd is and needs to be trimmed".”
“We often refer to the "herd mentality" to describe how these investors react to the market.”
“Disregard what the herd is doing and remember just one thing; they're usually wrong!”
“There are serious diseases on the loose and if the herd is not reduced there is a real risk of total loss.”
“The herd is too large in most parts of the state and the deer are eating themselves out of house and home.”
“If the herd is over carrying capacity we may lose them all.”
“Next year, the BLM wants to remove about 100 horses that were separated from the main herd by a highway expansion.”
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