Horseless

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Horseless Being without a horse; specif., not requiring a horse; -- said of certain vehicles in which horse power has been replaced by electricity, steam, etc.; as, a horseless carriage or truck. It was used primarily in the term “horseless carriage”, to refer to automobiles. By the 1930's when automobiles had become more common than horses for transportation, the term had lost its currency.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • horseless Having no horse; propelled without the aid of horses.
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Usage

In literature:

There stood a lonely brougham, horseless with upturned shafts.
"The Brother of Daphne" by Dornford Yates
A man was haranguing the crowd from a horseless waggon drawn up at an inn.
"Martin Hyde, The Duke's Messenger" by John Masefield
It was as though the horseless age had indeed descended upon the world.
"Dawn O'Hara, The Girl Who Laughed" by Edna Ferber
I hoisted an umbrella and sat there grimly, in that horseless wagon in the mud-hole.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The reporter had written quite unconsciously, just as he used to write horseless carriage.
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
Reid could not have anything to do with it in any event, Joan or somebody else, for Reid was horseless upon the range.
"The Flockmaster of Poison Creek" by George W. Ogden
Horseless carriages propelled by gas or electricity were in a state of conjecture.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
With whetted steel the sturdy axe-men, Capless riflemen, horseless cavalry men.
"The Black Phalanx" by Joseph T. Wilson
His master entered upon a dispute with the horseless man.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
Anything farther than that I use a horseless carriage.
"Call Him Savage" by John Pollard
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In news:

From "horseless carriage" to automobile.
A giant of a musical opened here the other night, but it wasn't Giant, the horseless cowpoke operetta now plodding along at the Wyly Theatre, a co-production between Dallas Theater Center and New York's Public Theater.
Horseless Jumping and Duck Fetuses and Whale Discharges.
Serpaci and the Horseless Carriage.
So it has been with one of the most important technologies to our modern way of life--the automobile, or more commonly referred to in its earliest days as the " horseless carriage".
Serpaci and the Horseless Carriage .
So it has been with one of the most important technologies to our modern way of life--the automobile, or more commonly referred to in its earliest days as the " horseless carriage ".
The first automobiles were called "horseless carriages" because they performed the same function, pretty much, as a horse and buggy.
9, 1956: The yellow Horseless Carriage begins operation in Disneyland.
So it has been with one of the most important technologies to our modern way of life--the automobile, or more commonly referred to in its earliest days as the "horseless carriage ".
Repaving projects are a bane to drivers, but for the history-minded pedestrian, they can represent a trip to a time before horseless carriages ran amuck on Gotham's streets.
Palin offers no hint about '12, holiday shopping & horseless carriage endurance .
Cloth has been the fabric of open-air automobiles since the horseless carriage.
Red Flag Horseless Carriage Tour This Month.
As much as the automobile has changed since the days of the horseless carriage, one thing has remained the same – they all run on gasoline.
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