from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A trough carried over the shoulder for transporting loads, as of bricks or mortar.
- n. A coal scuttle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)