Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A trough carried over the shoulder for transporting loads, as of bricks or mortar.
  • noun A coal scuttle.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A coal-scuttle.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A hole under the bank of a stream, as a retreat for fish.
  • To bob up and down on horseback; jog.
  • noun A Middle English form of hood.
  • To hold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A utensil for holding coal; a coal scuttle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A three-sided box for carrying bricks or other construction materials, often mortar. It bears a long handle and is carried over the shoulder.
  • noun A receptacle for carrying coal.

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

  • noun an open box attached to a long pole handle; bricks or mortar are carried on the shoulder

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps alteration of dialectal hot, from Middle English, pannier, from Old French hotte, of Germanic origin.]

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  • 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.

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  • We hod expected better results wuth the new propeller.

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  • When we got tull sea, I found he hod no receipt for the cable.

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  • 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.

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