Horse-shoe

Definitions

  • The top of the arch forms a horse-shoe shape, with extensive decoration above
    The top of the arch forms a horse-shoe shape, with extensive decoration above
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Horse-shoe a shoe for horses, consisting of a curved piece of iron
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Lancet and Horse-shoe arches Lancet and Horse-shoe arches

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hors; Ice. horss, Old High Ger. hros (Ger. ross).

Usage

In literature:

If they had boiled me into portable soup, or hammered me into horse-shoes, I should not have been greatly surprised.
"Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica" by James Boswell
Before round-up a general shoeing of the horses had to be gone through.
"Ranching, Sport and Travel" by Thomas Carson
The roads were very rough, and the horse loosened a shoe on the way.
"Some Three Hundred Years Ago" by Edith Gilman Brewster
This is sometimes circular in sections, sometimes horse-shoe shaped.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
Girls are at work making horse-shoes for the army horses.
"A Journey Through France in War Time" by Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
Can you shoe this horse of mine?
"The Little Mother Goose" by Anonymous
Even the iron of the horses' shoes began to melt, but Petru would not yield.
"Roumanian Fairy Tales" by Various
Carrying the horse-shoe at the Muharram festival 252 19.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
Elsted, which has no particular interest, possesses an inn, the Three Horse Shoes, on a site superior to that of many a nobleman's house.
"Highways & Byways in Sussex" by E.V. Lucas
She slipped on her shoes and a shawl, and came back where he was working, and took a seat on a saw-horse.
"Prairie Folks" by Hamlin Garland
When shoeing the horse the frog should not be touched with the knife.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
Dey was fixing wagons and shoeing horses.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
Our horses had both sore backs, were both unfed, except on grass, and mine was deficient of a shoe.
"Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863" by Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
Their little shoes clatter over the stones, sounding like many horses in the distance.
"Sandman's Goodnight Stories" by Abbie Phillips Walker
The room was spacious, and the entire company sat in the form of a horse-shoe.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866" by Various
Didn't teach you to shoe horses nayther, I'll be bound.
"First in the Field" by George Manville Fenn
John Good, a darkey blacksmith, used to shoe de horses fer de Ku Klux.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Look at the simple horse-shoe magnet.
"Electricity for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
Not I, I'd scorn to be anything so mean; no, friend, black's the colour; I am a brother of the horse-shoe.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Borrow
You see 'em get a horse-shoe off the roads, and what do they do with it!
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
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In poetry:

(Out of the Weald, the secret Weald,
Men sent in ancient years,
The horse-shoes red at Flodden Field,
The arrows at Poitiers!)
"Puck's Song" by Rudyard Kipling
Aye, he wor a blacksmith, not one of the sort
Who shoe horses and sing anvil chorusses,
He used to shoe Dinasauss - big woolly Elephants,
Thumping great Brontosauruses.
"St. George and the Dragon" by Weston and Lee
Swift hoofs clang out behind that Falcon's flights--
Hoofs shod with Golden Horse Shoes catch the eye!
And as they ring, we see the Forest-Knights--
The Cavaliers ride by!
"Arms And The Man - The Southern Colonies" by James Barron Hope
"Oh! I have made two plough-shares all complete,
And nailed the shoes on many horses' feet;
And—O my friend! I cannot tell you half,"
The man of muscle answered, with a laugh.
"What Had He Done?" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The scrub was thick on Urangeline
As he followed the tracks that twisted through
The box and dogwood and scented pine
(One of their horses had cast a shoe).
Steeped from his youth in forest lore,
He could track like a nigger, could Featherstonhaugh.
"Featherstonhaugh" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

One-Eyed Charley Parkhurst was a stagecoach driver on the Oregon-to-California line who had lost an eye shoeing a horse.
The Hood Internet Shoeing Horses in 1901 (Phoenix vs Why?).
If you said jog around town with a rubber horse head mask on, in nothing but shorts and tennis shoes, you would be right.
Tommy Halpenny shapes a shoe for a horse before a race at Santa Anita Park.
A Sky for Shoeing Horses under alopecia.
Frank Forgette sits in the back of his truck between shoeing horses Thursday at the Boone County fairgrounds.
The father-son team of George and Dan Juergens placed first in the Huntington County Horse Shoe Club's season-ending tournament on Monday, Aug 20.
Participants do not use real horseshoes , she said, meaning no horses are running around in their stocking feet because these folks took their shoes.
For 32 years, Lawrence resident Charley Mattingly has been forging steel and shoeing horses as a farrier.
Bollinger meets every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday afternoons at Moul Field with the Sentry Horse Shoe Club, and said anyone interested in joining, or who just wants to pitch some shoes, can stop by.
Noah Hamson, 10, next to one of the crosses he's created by welding together horse shoes.
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In science:

To show the feasibility of this method to produce various other 2D trapping geometries, a horse shoe shape and a ring lattice with five lattice sites have been created and stabilized (Fig. 5).
Versatile two-dimensional potentials for ultra-cold atoms
For all the other cases the first generator is used to cancel the effects of different diffraction efficiencies and the second generator to create patterns of laser power leading to a uniform ring, horse shoe and ring lattice, respectively.
Versatile two-dimensional potentials for ultra-cold atoms
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