any of several breeds of usually small dogs, used originally to pursue game and drive it out of its hole or burrow.
(initial capital letter)U.S. Military. a surface-to-air, two-stage antiaircraft missile.
Other definitions for terrier (2 of 2)
a book or document in which are described the site, boundaries, acreage, tenants, etc., of certain lands.
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How to use terrier in a sentence
Jo has been “hiking” several times a week since she was 11 days old, though most of our hikes are short jaunts on trails near our home aimed at tiring out our terrier mix.
The two were newly engaged, and Kurulgan says his bride-to-be had been looking forward to adopting one of the puppies—particularly a mixed-breed terrier named Peggy who was the outcast of her siblings.There's a Travel Ban on Dogs From More Than 100 Countries, and You Can Blame COVID-19 | Melissa Chan | November 10, 2021 | Time
Fancy, a terrier mix, hobbled over to Sally, who picked her up for a cuddle.In Tennessee, the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary welcomes two-legged visitors | Andrea Sachs | October 29, 2021 | Washington Post
Thank you, Chica, our sweet terrier mix from Puerto Rico, for every night you knew to curl up just behind my knees when I couldn’t fall asleep, fretting about school and riots and my family.Zoom dates? Election nights? Sourdough? Nope. Dogs are the heroes of this pandemic. | Petula Dvorak | January 25, 2021 | Washington Post
In spring 2006, Debbie King adopted a 1-year-old terrier mix from Pet Rescue of Maryland.The name game: For these pets, inspiration came in many forms | John Kelly | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
He also said police intend to put their beloved family pet, a Staffordshire bull terrier named Excalibur, to sleep.
At Westminster Kennel Club, wire fox terrier Sky wins Best in Show.Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on Valentine’s Day and Oral Hygiene | P. J. O’Rourke | February 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For the past 140 years, a noble-looking, bronze Skye terrier has stood guard outside the grounds and watched over the kirkyard.Welcome to the Most Haunted Graveyard in the World. Safety Not Guaranteed. | Nina Strochlic | October 31, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
If David is a yapping terrier, Pete is an addled golden retriever.‘Family Tree’ Brings Christopher Guest’s Mockumentary Style to HBO | Jace Lacob | May 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Justin, a 4-year-old West Highland terrier from Long Island, was having his face hair-sprayed into the shape of a carnation.Backstage at the 2013 Westminster Dog Show, Won by Banana Joe | Isabel Wilkinson | February 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Growling horribly, the enraged brute seized poor Pearson and shook him as a terrier dog shakes a rat.Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
I first became aware of it about the same time the Dachshund at the corner house began to declare he was an Aberdeen terrier.
He drew up his spare person, with a terrier-like shake of the head and shoulders, as of one repudiating Mammon and all its works.Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
Stolidly with unheedful, drooping ears the little fox-terrier resumed his seat on the rug.Molly Make-Believe | Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
He was very short, and at a distance much resembled a terrier, his head being considerably like that of a dog.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
British Dictionary definitions for terrier (1 of 3)
any of several usually small, active, and short-bodied breeds of dog, originally trained to hunt animals living underground
British Dictionary definitions for terrier (2 of 3)
English legal history a register or survey of land
British Dictionary definitions for Terrier (3 of 3)
informal a member of the British Army's Territorial and Volunteer Reserve
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