Definition of horseshoe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhôr(s)ˌSHo͞o/


1A shoe for a horse formed of a narrow band of iron in the form of an extended circular arc and secured to the hoof with nails.
Example sentences
  • The Von Rogoff stable was almost twice as tall as any of the buildings nearby, hollow and hulking, with a deserted bird's nest tucked into the bend of the iron horseshoe nailed to the wood above the huge sliding door.
  • On 5 November 1865 Jason Simpson informed the Chief Inspector of Police that there were no horseshoes or nails at their station.
  • The dull thud of horse hooves on the packed earth changed suddenly to the loud clacking of iron horseshoes on a paved road.
1.1A shoe for a horse or a representation of one, regarded as bringing good luck.
Example sentences
  • Logoed with an emblematic horseshoe, Aigner is an industry by-word for quality in lifestyle.
  • They were not very varied in design and the emphasis was on good luck charms such as four-leaf clovers, horseshoes and wishbones, again set with tiny diamonds.
  • We'll put a horseshoe over the arch of every door for good luck.
1.2Something resembling a horseshoe in shape: [as modifier]: a horseshoe bend
More example sentences
  • The Curragh is a right-handed horseshoe shaped course with a circuit of two miles with no sharp bends and a straight run-in of three furlongs uphill.
  • RVSD's physical boundaries form a horseshoe around the west, north and east boundaries of the City of Calgary.
  • The shape doesn't matter, you can build a horseshoe or square shape.
1.3 (horseshoes) [treated as singular] chiefly North American A game in which horseshoes are thrown at a stake in the ground.
Example sentences
  • Choose from billiards, horseshoes, tag games, hockey, Frisbee, tug of war, jump ropes, running, or bowling, just to name a few.
  • That evening, while the ranch hands entertained themselves with games of horseshoes, Lennie stayed alone in the barn holding his pup.
  • Other events include children's rodeo, pool tournament, horseshoes and bingo.

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Syllabification: horse·shoe

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