Definitions

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

  • n. The sound made by each hoof of a hoofed animal as it moves.

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  • n. The sound of a hoof striking the ground.

Etymologies

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From hoof + beat.

Examples

  • The bone beads at the end of my braids clacked with each thundering hoofbeat.

    No Mercy

  • He knew the difference between a horse's hoofbeat and a zebra.

    An Immodest Proposal

  • ~ The hoofbeat of horses -- "Virgil's epic, Aeneid, has been given a dynamic new translation by Frederick Ahl, says Sean O'Brien."

    Speedlinking 11/21/07

  • The hoofbeat of charging horses stole away their moment of tenderness.

    Deuces Wild

  • The two pushed themselves to the limit, the name "Mina" sounding with every hoofbeat, every beat of Silvanoshei's heart.

    Dragons Of A Vanished Moon

  • As Tarma and her partners rode over golden-grassed hill after undulating hill, even the warsteeds frisked a little, kicking up puffs of dust from the road with each hoofbeat, and they were at the end of the day's journey.

    Oathblood

  • Every hoofbeat echoed hollowly upon the material of the bridge, and how far would the sound travel?

    If I Pay Thee Not In Gold

  • I was alone, hearing the noise of the alarm spreading all the way down to Troizen from the Citadel; and with it another sound, the triple hoofbeat of a chariot-team on the road below.

    The Bull From The Sea

  • Yet those golden legs matched his pace, reach for reach, hoofbeat for hoofbeat.

    Rebel Spurs

  • We hark in vain on the speeding train for an echo of hoofbeat thunder

    Tall Men Riding

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