American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Stockings; socks. Used only in the plural.
- n. Close-fitting breeches or leggings reaching up to the hips and fastened to a doublet, formerly worn by men. Used only in the plural.
- n. Breeches reaching down to the knees. Used only in the plural.
- n. A flexible tube for conveying liquids or gases under pressure.
- v. To water, drench, or wash with a hose: hosed down the deck; hosed off the dog.
- v. Slang To attack and kill (someone), typically by use of a firearm: hosed the enemy trooper.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Originally, a garment covering the legs and the waist, worn by men. The hose of the middle ages generally covered the person from the waist to the toes; they were secured to the upper garment by points or some similar device. At times the covering of one leg and side of the body was of different material and color from that of the other side. In the sixteenth century the leg-coverings were divided into two parts, and the word hose was applied rather to the breeches, the covering of the lower part of the leg and foot being called the stocking or nether-stock.
- In present use (as either singular or plural), covering for the feet and lower part of the legs; stockings. Short stockings, not reaching to the knee, are distinctively called half-hose or socks, or, rarely, ankle-hose.
- A flexible tube or pipe for conveying a fluid to a required point, as water for the service of a fire-engine, for watering a garden, etc. Hose of the larger kinds for such uses, to which the term is usually restricted, is made chiefly of leather, gutta-percha, cotton, or india-rubber. Smaller tubing, as for gas in a drop-light, for acoustic instruments, etc., to which the name may also be applied, is made of many different materials and in various ways.
- The hollow part of a spade, or other tool of a like kind, which receives the end of the shaft or handle.
- In printing, formerly, upright iron rods, which connected the spindle of the old hand-press with its platen, and regulated its movement.
- The sheaf of corn.
- The outer covering of straw or corn.
- To clothe with hose; clothe.
- To play upon with a hose; drench with water from a hose.
- n. In entomology, a peculiar organ or gland at the base of the tarsal claws of the Psocidæ.
- n. The wide trousers formerly worn by seamen.
- n. A flexible tube conveying water or other fluid, pl. hoses.
- n. A stocking-like garment worn on the legs; pantyhose, women's tights, pl. hose or hosen.
- v. transitive To water or spray with a hose.
- v. transitive To provide with hose (garment)
- v. transitive To attack and kill somebody, usually using a firearm.
- v. transitive To trick or deceive.
- v. transitive, computing To break a computer so everything needs to be reinstalled; to wipe all files.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Close-fitting trousers or breeches, as formerly worn, reaching to the knee.
- n. Covering for the feet and lower part of the legs; a stocking or stockings.
- n. A flexible pipe, made of leather, India rubber, or other material, and used for conveying fluids, especially water, from a faucet, hydrant, or fire engine.
- n. socks and stockings and tights collectively (the British include underwear)
- n. man's close-fitting garment of the 16th and 17th centuries covering the legs and reaching up to the waist; worn with a doublet
- n. a flexible pipe for conveying a liquid or gas
- v. water with a hose
- From Middle English hose ("leggings, hose"), from Old English hose, hosa ("hose, leggings"), from Proto-Germanic *husōn (cf. West Frisian hoas 'hose', Dutch hoos 'stocking, water-hose', German Hose 'trousers'), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu-s (cf. Tocharian A kać 'skin', Russian кишка (kiška) 'gut', Ancient Greek kýstis 'bladder', Sanskrit कोष्ठ (koṣṭha, "intestine"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu- (“to cover”). More at sky. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, a stocking, from Old English hosa, leg covering; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If you fast-forward to something like the Death Knight starting experience, our story-telling team has really mastered or refined the art of delivering the story as first-hand gameplay rather than spraying you with the word hose, which is what we did in the past.”
“They fell into a tub of cold water on the other side of the machine, which was filled with a hose from the well or the lake.”
“If it happens again, I might try pegging a tarp down over the trap and running hose from the exhaust of my truck and gas him before he gasses me.”
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“Perhaps Ms. Bachmann would allow me to connect a hose from the tailpipe of a car she was sitting in with the windows rolled up while we discuss the dangers of atmospheric imbalance.”
“Had yet another collision leaving the pub. went home quietly and took the garden hose from the back of the house then went to a field track within sight of his mothers house and did the hose from the exhaust to the car window act.”
“This hedgehog with its green leather hose comes from the quality Waldfreunde collection and were directly imported from Germany.”
“Draining the coolant is done by removing the lower radiator hose from the motor followed by removing the drain bolts from the side of both cylinders.”
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