verb (used without object)
- hercules beetle,
- herd immunity,
- herd instinct,
- herd tester,
Origin of herd1
verb (used with object)
Origin of herd2
Examples from the Web for herding
But on the French left — riven by ideological splits from competing centuries — that job is akin to herding cats.This Scary-Smart New Minister of Economy Might Just Turn France Around|Tracy McNicoll|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They beat the activists, dragging bloodied bodies through the snow and herding women and children into armored vans.The Belarus Free Theatre’s Badass Dissident Artists Get the HBO Treatment|Katie Baker|July 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At least 50,000 families in the Andean highlands rely on herding alpaca for income and to sustain themselves.Put Down That Cashmere. There’s a New Luxury Wool in Town|Ann Binlot|December 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Taste of potatoes baked in the ashes of a fire I made in a field where I was herding cows.
How much protection is all this spying and searching and herding giving us?
"Holding these cattle is going to be no trouble at all," said Dell, as they rode homeward, at the end of the first day's herding.Wells Brothers|Andy Adams
I suppose you know that she began life by herding the village goats.The Arrow of Gold|Joseph Conrad
A herding or an agricultural people, if it moves into a new country, rich in game, may revert to a hunting life.Folkways|William Graham Sumner
He was herding in front of him two enormous German prisoners who towered head and shoulders above him."And they thought we wouldn't fight"|Floyd Gibbons
But the family that had trained dogs of this kind was the exception; in most cases it was the boys that had to do the herding.Collection of Nebraska Pioneer Reminiscences|Nebraska Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Word Origin for herd
- archaic, or dialecta man or boy who tends livestock; herdsman
- (in combination)goatherd; swineherd
Word Origin for herd
mid-13c., "to watch over or herd (livestock);" of animals, "to gather in a herd, to form a flock," late 14c., from herd (n.). Related: Herded; herding.
Old English heord "herd, flock," from Proto-Germanic *herdo- (cf. Old Norse hjorð, Old High German herta, German Herde, Gothic hairda "herd"), from PIE *kerdh- "a row, group, herd" (cf. Sanskrit śárdhah "herd, troop," Old Church Slavonic čreda "herd," Greek korthys "heap," Lithuanian kerdžius "shepherd"). Herd instinct in psychology is first recorded 1908.
see ride herd on.