- a U-shaped metal plate, plain or with calks, nailed to a horse's hoof to protect it from being injured by hard or rough surfaces.
- something U-shaped, as a valley, river bend, or other natural feature: We picnicked in the middle of a horseshoe of trees.
- horseshoes, (used with a singular verb) a game in which horseshoes or other U-shaped pieces of metal, plastic, etc., are tossed at an iron stake 30 or 40 feet (9 or 12 meters) away in order to encircle it or to come closer to it than one's opponent.
- to put a horseshoe or horseshoes on.
- having the shape of a horseshoe; U-shaped: a horseshoe bend in the river.
Origin of horseshoe
Examples from the Web for horseshoe
He had a scraggly beard and his once clean-shaven head was ringed by a horseshoe of graying hair.In His First Interview, Saif al-Islam Says He Has Not Been Given Access to a Lawyer
December 30, 2011
Basketball, foosball, bocce ball—there's even a horseshoe pit.A Vacation From the Public Eye
August 22, 2009
Then he remembered his scarf, and attended to the horseshoe pin that adorned it.Dross
Henry Seton Merriman
There was not a barn or byre in the district that had not its horseshoe over the door.Auld Licht Idylls
J. M. Barrie
He declared I did it purposely and pitched the horseshoe into the street.Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer
Jessie Graham Flower
There was something strangely familiar about the horseshoe curve.Border Ghost Stories
The Horseshoe Fall wore its cliff back 335 ft. in about 63 years.The Greatest Highway in the World
- a piece of iron shaped like a U with the ends curving inwards that is nailed to the underside of the hoof of a horse to protect the soft part of the foot from hard surfaces: commonly thought to be a token of good luck
- an object of similar shape
- (tr) to fit with a horseshoe; shoe
Word Origin and History for horseshoe
HORSE-SHOES, the game of coits, or quoits--because sometimes actually played with horse-shoes. [John Trotter Brockett, "A Glossary of North Country Words," 1829]
The belief that finding a horseshoe by chance is lucky is attested from late 14c., and the practice of nailing one above a doorway to prevent a witch entering therein was common in London down to c.1800. Of a type of bend in a river, 1770, American English. As a type of crab, from 1775.