herds; herded; herding

A herd is a bunch of animals — or people who act like a bunch of animals. It's also a verb — when people herd animals, they try to keep them moving in the same direction.

A herd usually refers to a group of animals with hooves, like cows or sheep (meat-eating animals like wolves cruise around in packs). On a farm, sheepdogs are in charge of herding the herd of sheep. Herds of buffalo roam the plains. It's rarely a good thing when people act like a herd, which is to do what everyone else is doing. You might want "to break away from the herd" if everyone is wearing pinwheel hats, for example. If you're having trouble getting people together, you might say it's like "herding cats." Cats never follow directions.

Definitions of herd
  1. noun
    a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humans
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    the herd of horses from which those to be used the next day are chosen
    type of:
    animal group
    a group of animals
  2. noun
    a group of wild mammals of one species that remain together: antelope or elephants or seals or whales or zebra
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    a herd of whales
    type of:
    animal group
    a group of animals
  3. noun
    a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things
    “the children resembled a fairy herd
    synonyms: ruck
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    type of:
    concourse, multitude, throng
    a large gathering of people
  4. verb
    keep, move, or drive animals
    “Who will be herding the cattle when the cowboy dies?”
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    herd and care for
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  5. verb
    cause to herd, drive, or crowd together
    “We herded the children into a spare classroom”
    synonyms: crowd
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    cause to crowd together too much
    fill to capacity with people
    type of:
    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  6. verb
    move together, like a herd
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    type of:
    crowd, crowd together
    to gather together in large numbers
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