• Bull Terrier
    Bull Terrier
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n terrier any of several usually small short-bodied breeds originally trained to hunt animals living underground
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Airedale Terrier Airedale Terrier
Irish Terrier Irish Terrier

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Terrier An auger or borer.
    • Terrier (Law) Formerly, a collection of acknowledgments of the vassals or tenants of a lordship, containing the rents and services they owed to the lord, and the like.
    • Terrier (Law) In modern usage, a book or roll in which the lands of private persons or corporations are described by their site, boundaries, number of acres, or the like.
    • Terrier (Zoöl) One of a breed of small dogs, which includes several distinct subbreeds, some of which, such as the Skye terrier and Yorkshire terrier, have long hair and drooping ears, while others, at the English and the black-and-tan terriers, have short, close, smooth hair and upright ears.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n terrier One of several breeds of dogs, typically small, active, and hardy, named from their propensity to dig or scratch the ground in pursuit of their prey, and noted for their courage and the acute-ness of their senses. Terriers are of many strains, and occur in two leading forms, one of which is shaggy, as the Skye, and the other close-haired, as the black-and-tan. They are much used to destroy rats, and some are specially trained to rat-killing as a sport.
    • n terrier In law: Formerly, a collection of acknowledgments of the vassals or tenants of a lordship, including the rents and services they owed to the lord, etc.
    • n terrier In modern usage, a book or roll in which the lands of private persons or corporations are described by their site, boundaries, number of acres, etc.
    • n terrier A borer, auger, or wimble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Terrier ter′i-ėr a name originally applied to any breed of dog used to burrow underground, but now applied to any small dog—varieties are the Fox terrier, Scotch terrier (sometimes Skye terrier), Dandie Dinmont (from the stout Borderer in Scott's 'Guy Mannering'), the Irish terrier, Bedlington, &c.: a hole or burrow where foxes, rabbits, &c. secure themselves.
    • n Terrier ter′i-ėr a register or roll of a landed estate.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. terrier, chien terrier, from terre, the earth, L. terra,; cf. F. terrier, a burrow, LL. terrarium, a hillock (hence the sense, a mound thrown up in making a burrow, a burrow). See Terrace, and cf. Terrier, 2
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. terrariusterra, land.


In literature:

Barbara enjoyed the contest between the terrier and the Newfoundland hugely.
"The Penalty" by Gouverneur Morris
Fairly shaking himself, as a terrier shakes a rat, Charley freed himself of the fear that clutched at his heart and forced himself to think.
"The Young Wireless Operator--As a Fire Patrol" by Lewis E. Theiss
The large hounds belonging to Boone, and the curs, spaniels, and terriers of the emigrants were all taken along.
"Wild Western Scenes" by John Beauchamp Jones
By worrying the problem like a terrier, Bobby had shaken it into shape.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
The first day somebody found a fox terrier, evidently lost and probably the pet of some officer.
"A Yankee in the Trenches" by R. Derby Holmes
Such is the origin of the breeds of terriers, bulldogs, and all of the small house dogs.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 803, May 23, 1891" by Various
It had been a pleasant sojourn, though I had had no company save a collie and one or two terriers.
"The Ethics of Drink and Other Social Questions" by James Runciman
Hounds, spaniels, and terriers lay near the hearth and cats, often with litters, nestled nearby.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
He was like a large dog, gravely presenting his shoulder to the nips of a toy terrier.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
That is how the War Dogs' Party came into being; and to-morrow I shall tell that little terrier fellow from No.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, Jan. 29, 1919" by Various

In poetry:

Until, by sudden passion shaken,
As terriers shake a rat at play,
He finds, all blindly, he has taken
The old, Hereditary way.
"Adoration" by Laurence Hope
"Oh! lang-haired Skyes are lovin' beasts,
"An' terrier dogs are fair,
"But never yet was terrier born,
"Wi' ell-lang gowden hair!
"The Fall of Jock Gillespie" by Rudyard Kipling
I have some friends, some golden friends,
Whose worth will not decline:
A tawny Irish terrier, a purple shading pine,
A little red-roofed cottage that
So proudly I call mine.
"I Have Some Friends" by Robert W Service
I mind the preacher met old Spense,
Beneath the maples laggin',
The day was hot, an' he'd a pile
Ov 'cetrees in his waggin';
A sack of flour, a hansum hog,
Sum butter and his terrier dog.
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
A woolly little terrier pup
Gave vent to yelps distressing,
Whereat his mistress took him up
And soothed him with caressing,
And yet he was not in the least
What one would call a handsome beast.
"The Pampered Lapdog And The Misguided Ass" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
'My achievements thou hast heard of, how I chalk the wily cue,
Pull an oar, and wield the willow, and have won my double-blue;
How I ride, and play lawn tennis; how I make a claret cup;
Own the sweetest of bull terriers, and a grand St. Bernard pup.
"Atheletes And Aesthesis" by E W Bowling

In news:

Resting her head on the mirror, Roxie, a 6-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, patiently waits for the laundry to run through its cycle with her owners, John Evans and Pam Taylor of Leetonia.
He is a mix of chihuahua and terrier and is a pretty chocolate and white color, about 5 years old and 12-13 lb.
Isabelle and Bailey the Terriers are Looking for a New Home.
Isabelle and Bailey are two Terrier mixes who came in together and should go home together.
A snarling Boston terrier on the streets of Tuscany.
As a result, many terriers are focused to the point of stubbornness, which may make them more difficult to train, whether male or female, intact or neutered .
Issaquah-based People United for Pets, or PUP, a nonprofit organization , needs to raise $2,500 to help a Chihuahua-terrier mix named Peso receive knee surgery.
She's a seven and a half year-old Boston Terrier mix, and big sweetheart.
Francis (NY) Terriers at Albany Great Danes.
NCAA Women's Basketball Conversation: Final statistics from the Wofford Terriers vs UNC- Asheville Bulldogs game played on November 15, 2012.
Im a 3-year-old Terrier mix looking to be someones BFF someday.
The three-year-old Yorkshire terrier mix was abandoned by his previous owners at the Oregon Humane Society last week.
Yorkshire Terrier MALE 3 MONTHS OLD  Euless, TX.
For Jake O'Brien, the adjustment from being a Boston University Terrier to a Temple Owl is huge.
My girlfriend has two dogs, a Jack Russell terrier and a Weimaraner.

In science:

Terrier, “Definition of a parameter form for non-singular Mueller matrices,” J.
Non-quantum entanglement and a complete characterization of pre-Mueller and Mueller matrices in polarization optics
Contact information: § Corresponding author: Dr Philippe Terrier, PhD Recherche médicale Av.
Effect of rhythmic auditory cueing on gait stability during treadmill walking: an experimental study in healthy individuals
The Tomographic Experiment using Radiative Recombinative Ionospheric EUV and Radio Sources (TERRIERS) was rendered unusable because of a software problem, and the Solar Maximum Mission (SMM) failed three years before it was repaired by astronauts.
Does the Lunar Surface Still Offer Value As a Site for Astronomical Observatories?
We extended Terrier in order to obtain short summaries of retrieved documents, which are used as document surrogates in our diversification algorithm.
Efficient Diversification of Web Search Results
We applied the utility function in (1) to the snippets returned by the Terrier search engine instead of applying it to the whole documents, and we forced its returning value to be 0 when it is below a given threshold c.
Efficient Diversification of Web Search Results