horseshoe

When you think of a horseshoe, don't picture a shoe with a sole and laces! Instead, a horseshoe is an arc-shaped piece of metal that gets nailed into the horse's hoof.

Ever since humans started using horses for riding, pulling carts, and working on farms, they've found ways to guard their hooves against wear and injury. Horseshoes can be nailed onto the thick, fingernail-like hoof, or glued on. Some people consider horseshoes to be lucky symbols as well, while others enjoy the game called horseshoes, which involves throwing large horseshoes toward a metal stake in the ground.

Definitions of horseshoe
  1. noun
    U-shaped plate nailed to underside of horse's hoof
    synonyms: shoe
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    type of:
    plate, scale, shell
    a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
  2. noun
    game equipment consisting of an open ring of iron used in playing horseshoes
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    type of:
    game equipment
    equipment or apparatus used in playing a game
  3. verb
    equip (a horse) with a horseshoe or horseshoes
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    type of:
    equip, fit, fit out, outfit
    provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
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