Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To water, drench, or wash with a hose: hosed down the deck; hosed off the dog.
  • transitive v. Slang To attack and kill (someone), typically by use of a firearm: hosed the enemy trooper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. To water or spray with a hose.
  • v. To provide with hose (garment)
  • v. To attack and kill somebody, usually using a firearm.
  • v. To trick or deceive.
  • v. To break a computer so everything needs to be reinstalled; to wipe all files.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Originally, a garment covering the legs and the waist, worn by men.
  • 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
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)

Examples

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • Hold a second ..... while I feel bad for someone who has lost their job or whose hose is undrwater, why is it my responsibility as a taxpayer to bailout someone who may hav used poor judgement in buying a home or just had bad luck.

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  • I think the hose is lovely, personally, I think it may clash a little in such a “colonial neighbourhood”.

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  • He still shirks away in fear when he sees it, though his love for the bouncy balls has helped him overcome — he has to either go past the hose to get the ball or take the ball from the same hand the hose is in.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • This hedgehog with its green leather hose comes from the quality Waldfreunde collection and were directly imported from Germany.

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  • 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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  • Captured at Yorktown, 1100 pair hose (meaning stockings).

    October 29, 2007