• Wrought-iron horseshoes and currycombs used prior to 1650
    Wrought-iron horseshoes and currycombs used prior to 1650
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v horseshoe equip (a horse) with a horseshoe or horseshoes
    • n horseshoe U-shaped plate nailed to underside of horse's hoof
    • n horseshoe game equipment consisting of an open ring of iron used in playing horseshoes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The length of brink of the Canadian "Horseshoe" Falls located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada is 2600 feet
    • Horseshoe A game in which horseshoes or horseshoe-shaped objects (usually made of metal) are thrown at either of two stakes fixed in the ground at a distance of 30 to 40 feet apart. The player stands at or near one stake and throws several the horseshoes at the other stake. Points are scored when the player throws the horseshoe so that it surrounds the stake; fewer points are scored if the horseshoe is close to but not surrounding the stake. The players take turns and the first player to achieve the target score wins; as, “almost” only counts with hand grenades or in horseshoes .
    • Horseshoe A shoe for horses, consisting of a narrow plate of iron in form somewhat like the letter U, nailed to a horse's hoof.
    • Horseshoe Anything shaped like a horsehoe, such as a U-shaped bend in a river.
    • Horseshoe (Zoöl) The Limulus or horsehoe crab.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Ohio, if you ignore an orator on Decoration day to such an extent as to publicly play croquet or pitch horseshoes within one mile of the speaker's stand, you can be fined $25.00.
    • n horseshoe A shoe for a horse, consisting commonly of a narrow plate of iron bent into a form somewhat resembling the letter U, so as to accommodate itself to the shape of the horse's foot. Its parts are the toe, the two heels, the quarters between the toe and the heels, the calks, or projections from the lower part of each heel, the clip, a kind of claw, usually at the upper edge of the toe, for protecting the hoof and assisting in keeping the shoe in place, and the fullering, or crease in the lower face, in which the nail-holes, usually eight, are punched. The horseshoe, in its most primitive form, is of great antiquity. An old and very popular superstition, almost universally prevalent among peasantry, ascribes to the horseshoe (especially to one which has been found in the road by chance) the power of barring the passage of witches. For this purpose the shoe is nailed to the door or the threshold.
    • n horseshoe Anything shaped like a horseshoe. Specifically— A loop-like bend in a river.
    • n horseshoe In zoology: A horseshoe-crab.
    • n horseshoe A bivalve mollusk, Lutraria elliptica. Also called clump.
    • n horseshoe plural The game of quoits, in which horseshoes are often used for pitching.
    • horseshoe To provide with horseshoes, or shape like a horseshoe.
    • horseshoe In architecture, to carry inward at the imposts, as an arch, so as to bring it approximately to the form of a horseshoe.
    • n horseshoe Nautical, a composition strap bent in the form of a horseshoe and used for fastening the stem to the keel.
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Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades - (USA) Used in response to someone saying "almost" in a win/lose situation. The full expression is "Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades." An alternate form puts "and flinging shit from a shovel" at the end.
Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades - This phrase is used to say that if you come close to success without succeeding, it is not good enough


In literature:

A big twelve-verst horseshoe takes us till noon.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
The reef beyond the horseshoe was a dangerous one, with the sea dashing up many feet over it.
"The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle" by Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
Horseshoe magnet 22 9.
"Electricity for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
But more remarkable than all is the old horseshoe superstition.
"As A Chinaman Saw Us" by Anonymous
Having crossed the bridge, the car turned upward toward the falls, and at the point where the wonderful horseshoe began they got off.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
The Romany name Petulengro means Master of the Horseshoe; that is, Smith.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
That's the reason that people hang up horseshoes over their door.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
All over the gate horseshoes were nailed.
"A Forgotten Hero" by Emily Sarah Holt
At last we came to a deep and thickly wooded nala, or watercourse, which curved like a horseshoe.
"Adventures in Many Lands" by Various
I had to wait all day in the Horseshoe.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson

In poetry:

The partridge too, that scarce can trust
The open downs to be at rest,
Will in its clumps lie down, and dust
And prune its horseshoe-circled breast,
And oft in shining fields of green
Will lay and raise its brood unseen.
"Spear Thistle" by John Clare
He even bade men strike for them thc horseshoe from the steed.
Minaya and the ladies, God! he honored them indeed
They got them upon horseback when the next morning fell.
Unto Valcncia loyally he served them all and well.
"The Lay of the Cid - Cantar II" by Anonymous European
While thus dismayed o’er matters wrong
An old man chanced to trudge along,
To whom he told, with wormwood tears,
How his affairs were in arrears,
And what a desperate state of things
A picked-up horseshoe sometimes brings.
"The Lucky Horseshoe" by James Thomas Fields
I've crossed the Psalter with Brady and Tate,
And laid the Primer above them all,
I've nailed a horseshoe over the grate,
And hung a wig to my parlor wall
Once worn by a learned Judge, they say,
At Salem court in the witchcraft day!
"The Demon Of The Study" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

USC Horseshoe's other starring roles.
The horseshoes were once again flying last weekend, this time at the 2012 Pumpkin Festival Horseshoe Pitch in French Lick.
Pittsburgh Opera Association Diamond Horseshoe Ball held at the Omni William Penn.
Ten horseshoe pitchers participated in the recreational league play Sunday.
The Horseshoe Casino Would Like You to Know the Horseshoe Casino is Generous.
University of South Carolina freshman Eric Anderson hangs out on the Horseshoe, the main quad on campus Thursday in Columbia, S.C.
Want to win tickets to go see Aaron Lewis at the Horseshoe Riverdome July 6th.
The Minnesota State Horseshoe Pitching Tournament is scheduled to run through Monday at the Genola Arena near Pierz.
South New Berlin Horseshoe League.
Constitution Park in Lovell will be alive with the "plink" of horseshoes this weekend when the Lovell Horseshoe Pitchers Club hosts the Wyoming State Horseshoe Pitchers Tournament.
Supply—Charles Presley threw 311 ringers with a score of 650 to claim the title of National Horseshoe Pitchers Association World Tour Elders Division Class H-2 champion.
Bonner Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6401 had its 25th Annual Horseshoe Pitching Tournament Saturday at South Park.
Sheila Brinker and her horseshoes partner, Donna Klott, both of Washington, Mo.
Look and See for Young Museum Visitors: The Horseshoe Crab.
Anyone interested in learning how to make baskets is welcome to sign up for Basket Days, set for Sept 14 and 15 at Camp Horseshoe in Tucker County.

In science:

The KAM islands and their fractal surrounding of secondary structures are the parts of the horseshoe which are not treated by our scattering oriented partition.
Construction of a natural partition of incomplete horseshoes
In it is shown how the selfpulsing effect of chaotic scattering systems with horseshoes of small development parameters ( where a large scale KAM island around a central elliptic fixed point exists ) can be used for the inverse scattering problem.
Construction of a natural partition of incomplete horseshoes
We give a systematic construction of an ( in general approximate ) partition of an incomplete horseshoe describing the outer hyperbolic component of the homoclinic tangle.
Construction of a natural partition of incomplete horseshoes
The resulting symbolic dynamics indicates in which order scattering tra jectories from the corresponding intervals of continuity of the scattering functions visit the various partition cells of the horseshoe.
Construction of a natural partition of incomplete horseshoes
Zgliczy´nski, Topological horseshoes and delay differential equations, Discrete Cont.
A Lohner-type algorithm for control systems and ordinary differential inclusions