A horse is a large, four-legged animal with hooves, a long nose and tail, and a mane of hair along its upper back. Part of learning how to ride a horse includes giving commands and using the reins to guide it.

Horses are very strong and fast, which is why humans have domesticated them for thousands of years — horses can be helpful on farms, for riding, and for pulling wagons and carts. Some people ride horses simply as a hobby, while others race them in competitions. Horses are one of the very few animals that can sleep either lying down or standing up, a trait that helped them run quickly from predators in the wild.

Primary Meanings of horse

solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
provide with a horse or horses
a framework for holding wood that is being sawed
Full Definitions of horse

n solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times

Equus caballus
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Sir Barton
thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1919
Gallant Fox
thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1930
thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1935
War Admiral
thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1937
thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1941
Count Fleet
thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1943
thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946
thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1948
thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1973
Seattle Slew
thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1977
thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1978
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a horse having a brownish coat thickly sprinkled with white or gray
stable companion, stablemate
a horse stabled with another or one of several horses owned by the same person
a word for horse used by children or in adult slang
dawn horse, eohippus
earliest horse; extinct primitive dog-sized four-toed Eocene animal
North American three-toed Oligocene animal; probably not directly ancestral to modern horses
Pliocene horse approaching donkeys in size
male horse
the male of species Equus caballus
female horse, mare
female equine animal
mount, riding horse, saddle horse
a lightweight horse kept for riding only
a range horse of the western United States
polo pony
a small agile horse specially bred and trained for playing polo
wild horse
undomesticated or feral domestic horse
a horse kept for hire
hack, jade, nag, plug
an old or over-worked horse
any of various breeds of small gentle horses usually less than five feet high at the shoulder
bangtail, race horse, racehorse
a horse bred for racing
a horse trained to run in steeplechases
a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
harness horse
horse used for pulling vehicles
a horse used for plowing and hauling and other heavy labor
post horse, post-horse, poster
a horse kept at an inn or post house for use by mail carriers or for rent to travelers
a horse trained to a special gait in which both feet on one side leave the ground together
high stepper, stepper
a horse trained to lift its feet high off the ground while walking or trotting
a dark golden-brown or reddish-brown horse
liver chestnut
a solid dark brown horse
a horse of a moderate reddish-brown color
a horse of a brownish orange to light brown color
a horse of light tan or golden color with cream-colored or white mane and tail
a spotted or calico horse or pony
entire, stallion
uncastrated adult male horse
castrated male horse
broodmare, stud mare
a female horse used for breeding
a fresh horse especially (formerly) to replace one killed or injured in battle
especially a light saddle horse for a woman
horse used in war
a mettlesome or fiery horse
a saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.
cow pony
a light saddle horse trained for herding cattle
quarter horse
a small powerful horse originally bred for sprinting in quarter-mile races in Virginia
an American breed of small compact saddle horses
Plantation walking horse, Tennessee walker, Tennessee walking horse, Walking horse
a horse marked by stamina and trained to move at a fast running walk
American saddle horse
a high-stepping horse originating in Kentucky
a hardy breed of saddle horse developed in western North America and characteristically having a spotted rump
Arab, Arabian
a spirited graceful and intelligent riding horse native to Arabia
Lipizzan, Lippizan, Lippizaner
a compact and sturdy saddle horse that is bred and trained in Vienna; smart and docile and excellent for dressage
small hardy range horse of the western plains descended from horses brought by the Spanish
horse of a light yellowish dun color with dark mane and tail
crow-bait, crowbait
an emaciated horse likely soon to become carrion and so attractive to crows
horse of a dull brownish grey color
gray, grey
horse of a light gray or whitish color
Equus caballus gomelini, tarpan
European wild horse extinct since the early 20th century
warragal, warrigal
Australian wild horse
Equus caballus przevalskii, Equus caballus przewalskii, Przevalski's horse, Przewalski's horse
wild horse of central Asia that resembles an ass; now endangered
Indian pony, cayuse
a small native range horse
plough horse, plow horse
a horse used to pull a plow
Shetland pony
breed of very small pony with long shaggy mane and tail
Welsh pony
breed of small ponies originally from Wales
stocky breed of pony with a fawn-colored nose
a racehorse belonging to a breed that originated from a cross between Arabian stallions and English mares
an informal term for a racehorse
a racehorse considered one year old until the second Jan. 1 following its birth
two year old, two-year-old horse
a racehorse that is two years old
three year old, three-year-old horse
a racehorse that is three years old
dark horse
a racehorse about which little is known
a racehorse that runs well on a muddy racetrack
a horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered
stocky short-legged harness horse
a compact breed of harness horse
draft horse, draught horse, dray horse
horse adapted for drawing heavy loads
a workhorse used as a pack animal
dobbin, farm horse
a quiet plodding workhorse
pacemaker, pacer, pacesetter
a horse used to set the pace in racing
trotter, trotting horse
a horse trained to trot; especially a horse trained for harness racing
Type of:
equid, equine
hoofed mammals having slender legs and a flat coat with a narrow mane along the back of the neck

n troops trained to fight on horseback

“500 horse led the attack”
cavalry, horse cavalry
Type of:
military personnel, soldiery, troops
soldiers collectively

n a chessman shaped to resemble the head of a horse; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)

Type of:
chess piece, chessman
any of 16 white and 16 black pieces used in playing the game of chess

v provide with a horse or horses

provide with fresh horses
Type of:
cater, ply, provide, supply
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

n a framework for holding wood that is being sawed

buck, sawbuck, sawhorse
sawhorses used in pairs to support a horizontal tabletop
Type of:
a structure supporting or containing something

n a padded gymnastic apparatus on legs

gymnastic horse
pommel horse, side horse
a gymnastic horse with a cylindrical body covered with leather and two upright handles (pommels) near the center; held upright by two steel supports, one at each end
buck, long horse, vaulting horse
a gymnastic horse without pommels and with one end elongated; used lengthwise for vaulting
Type of:
exerciser, gymnastic apparatus
sports equipment used in gymnastic exercises

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