American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A trough carried over the shoulder for transporting loads, as of bricks or mortar.
- n. A coal scuttle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hold.
- n. A form of portable trough for carrying mortar and bricks to masons and bricklayers, fixed crosswise on the end of a pole or handle and borne on the shoulder. See cut under hod-elevator.
- n. A coal-scuttle.
- n. A form of blowpipe used by pewterers. It consists of a cast-iron pot with a close cover, containing ignited charcoal. A stream of air is forced through it by means of a bellows worked by the foot, the air entering through a pipe and nozle on one side and passing out through a nozle on the opposite side. which directs the current of hot air upon the object to be soldered.
- n. A tub made of half a flour-barrel to which handles are fitted, used for carrying alewives. It is also a measure, holding about 200 of these fish.
- n. A hole under the bank of a stream, as a retreat for fish.
- To bob up and down on horseback; jog.
- n. A Middle English form of hood.
- n. A three-sided box for carrying bricks or other construction materials, often mortar. It bears a long handle and is carried over the shoulder.
- n. A receptacle for carrying coal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of wooden tray with a handle, having V-shaped trough, made of wood or metal, attached to a long handle and usually carried over the shoulder; it is a tool used by construction workers for carrying bricks or mortar.
- n. A utensil for holding coal; a coal scuttle.
- n. an open box attached to a long pole handle; bricks or mortar are carried on the shoulder
- Perhaps alteration of dialectal hot, from Middle English, pannier, from Old French hotte, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Every man laying brick on this building was white, every man carrying a hod was a negro.”
“Here we received orders to attack a "hod" named Abu Hamrah, which lay between us and Katia.”
“Karl or Caspar might have rendered his coming down unnecessary, as either could have carried so light a "hod" up the ladder; but there was good reason why Ossaroo should make the descent -- that was, to rest and refresh himself.”
“Say what you like about the press - and, sure, we may have "hod" difficulty coming up with original puns during what Glenn would undoubtedly call his sacking situation - we are mindful of our duty to explain ourselves to the public, and if that has to take place in a restaurant where, according to the internet, "the fine wine list has an excellent selection of wines from the £25 to £325 price range", so be it.”
“[Greek: All 'hod' anêr ethelei peri pantôn emmenai allôn,”
“It is, moreover, a climbing animal, and may sometimes be seen ascending a ladder laden with a hod of bricks.”
“There are issues that she claims to be raising that don't seem to match what she seems to hod dear; the various ideas she claims to espouse.”
“We hod expected better results wuth the new propeller.”
“When we got tull sea, I found he hod no receipt for the cable.”
“Chicago had always been the storm-centre of the conflict between labor and capital, a city of street-battles and violent death, with a class-conscious capitalist organization and a class-conscious workman organization, where, in the old days, the very school-teachers were formed into labor unions and affiliated with the hod-carriers and brick-layers in the American”
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