Definition of hose in English:


Syllabification: hose
Pronunciation: /hōz


  • 1A flexible tube conveying water, used especially for watering plants and in firefighting.
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    • Than remove the drain hose from the drain line and place it, along with the inlet water hoses into the tube.
    • Many have taken to hiding their garden hoses or to watering plants after dark so that few questions are asked.
    • Water and fertilizer are dispersed to the plants via hoses, Y-connections and drip pins.
  • 2 [treated as plural] Stockings, socks, and tights (especially in commercial use): a chorus girl’s fishnet hose
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    • Get sexy and lean for night with black fishnet hose as favored by Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent.
    • If so, should you wear hose with them or brave the cold?
    • Thinking some more, I think you should definitely go without the hose.
  • 2.1 historical Breeches: Elizabethan doublet and hose
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    • He was clad in a royal-looking doublet, hose and an over-tunic, which bore a crest.


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  • Water, spray, or drench with a hose: he was hosing down the driveway
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    • The carcasses are then hosed with hot water and sprayed with vinegar.
    • Surf lifesavers removed the 60 centimetre shark by hosing it with fresh water.
    • You sit down, stand up or lie on a table as you are hosed with warm sea water in places that help your circulation, or in some cases simply make you giggle.


Old English hosa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoos 'stocking' and German Hosen 'trousers'. Originally singular, the term denoted a covering for the leg, sometimes including the foot but sometimes reaching only as far as the ankle.

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