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hose

Line breaks: hose
Pronunciation: /həʊz
 
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Definition of hose in English:

noun

1A flexible tube conveying water, used chiefly for watering plants and in firefighting: a sprinkler hose
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
pipe, piping, tube, tubing, conduit, channel, line, duct, outlet, pipeline, siphon
2 [treated as plural] Stockings, socks, and tights (especially in commercial use): her hose had been laddered
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • He was clad in a royal-looking doublet, hose and an over-tunic, which bore a crest.

verb

[with object] Back to top  
Water or spray with a hose: he was hosing down the driveway
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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