[ houn-ding ]
/ ˈhaʊn dɪŋ /

noun Nautical.

the portion of a lower mast between the cheeks or hounds and the deck.
the portion of an upper mast between the cap of the mast below and the hounds above.
the part of a bowsprit projecting beyond the stem.

Nearby words

  1. hound's tooth,
  2. hound's-tongue,
  3. hound's-tooth,
  4. hound's-tooth check,
  5. houndfish,
  6. houndstooth,
  7. houngan,
  8. hounsfield,
  9. hounskull,
  10. hounslow

Origin of hounding

First recorded in 1850–55; hound2 + -ing1


[ hound ]
/ haʊnd /


verb (used with object)

Origin of hound

before 900; Middle English h(o)und, Old English hund; cognate with Dutch hond, Old Norse hundr, Danish, Swedish hund, German Hund, Gothic hunds; akin to Latin canis, Greek kýōn (genitive kynós), Sanskrit śván (genitive śunas), Old Irish (genitive con), Welsh ci (plural cwn), Tocharian A kū, Lithuanian šuõ

Related formshound·er, nounhound·ish, hound·y, adjectivehound·like, adjectiveun·hound·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hounding


/ (haʊnd) /


verb (tr)

to pursue or chase relentlessly
to urge on
Derived Formshounder, noun

Word Origin for hound

Old English hund; related to Old High German hunt, Old Norse hundr, Gothic hunds


/ (haʊnd) /


either of a pair of horizontal bars that reinforce the running gear of a horse-drawn vehicle
nautical either of a pair of fore-and-aft braces that serve as supports for a topmast

Word Origin for hound

C15: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse hūnn knob, cube

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Word Origin and History for hounding
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Idioms and Phrases with hounding


see run with (the hare, hunt with the hounds).

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