Definition of equine in English:

equine

adjective

  • 1Relating to or affecting horses or other members of the horse family:

    ‘equine infectious anaemia’
    • ‘In an earlier equine study using healthy horses, the postprandial insulin response was dampened when oil was added to a single meal of corn.’
    • ‘The 1985 edition was played in May 1986 due to an equine infectious disease…’
    • ‘There was a considerable amount of equine rebellion as horses spooked, bolted and whirled.’
    • ‘This finding is the first scientific report of an equine influenza virus jumping the species barrier, and researchers are unsure how it occurred.’
    • ‘Moreover, we present data on the variability of the first six equine Y-chromosomal microsatellite markers in the domestic horse and other equine species.’
    • ‘He imports horse feed and other equine equipment into Japan and he explains why all this is happening.’
    • ‘Currently, he is working on a final year project to examine visuo-spatial ability in horses and to determine if gender differences exist that might affect equine performance.’
    • ‘If a patient cannot actively participate with a horse in the equine therapy program, she can participate in ground activities, such as grooming, leading and harness driving.’
    • ‘Racing officials in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, which has not been affected by the equine flu, are taking strident steps to ensure that the virus is not spread to their region.’
    • ‘Long manes and flowing tails set the reining horse apart from other equine sports.’
    • ‘The low cell activity in equine species makes both in-vitro fertilization and cloning more difficult in horses than in cattle and even humans.’
    • ‘This premier facility celebrates one of nature's most majestic creatures - in equine art and history museums, galleries, theaters, and equestrian events.’
    • ‘I've seen an equine dentist float a horse's teeth.’
    • ‘The world champion, who ends his two-week show jumping tour of the Gulf tomorrow, will travel to Saudi capital Riyadh early next month to assess the royal family's equine facilities.’
    • ‘The fossils now give a branching and very bushy picture of equine evolution, with numerous now-extinct lineages living side by side.’
    • ‘Improvements in equine air travel means horses can now be transported all over the world without ill-effects.’
    • ‘Something of a rarity, Michael hails from London's East End and was born into a family with no previous equine knowledge.’
    • ‘This will in turn lead to an improvement in equine knowledge among members.’
    • ‘Horse-using societies unleashed their scientists and engineers to study equine machines and the horse became a form of technology.’
    • ‘Burned by West Nile deaths among their exotic birds last year, several zoos are administering the equine vaccine to their avian populations.’
    1. 1.1 Resembling a horse:
      ‘her somewhat equine features’
      • ‘Then again, it would be hard to summon much tenderness for this painting by one of those pale young Brits of equine features and unvirile demeanor.’
      • ‘He could ensure that her renderings of Chopin études were perfectly in tune whilst remaining ignorant of her equine features.’
      • ‘Despite the copious amounts they can pack away, roly-poly types are less common than lanky or athletic builds, sometimes with the equine features of their symbol.’
      • ‘In fact, I'd spent the afternoon being moaned at by a fat man in epaulettes because my portrait of his wife was far too realistic as regarded her unfortunately equine features.’
      • ‘Your equine features make you truly, a face for radio!’

noun

  • A horse or other member of the horse family:

    ‘they compared the behaviour of humans and equines’
    • ‘The studied silence is broken with people screaming, whistling and booing the jockeys as the bell rings and the equines enter the race arena.’
    • ‘Finally, states which have enacted statutes to deal with cruelty to animals also include equines in their definitions of domestic livestock.’
    • ‘The unpretentious equines were shot repeatedly over a 4-day period.’
    • ‘The equines wasted no time finding the thickest patches of horseweed.’
    • ‘For a current listing of equines for auction under the Georgia Humane Care for Equines Act please click here.’
    • ‘Two sites I visited provide listings of boarding stables for traveling equines (and in some cases, boarding for their human companions as well!’
    • ‘Blood-borne markers have been studied for many years in humans and assays have recently been adapted for use in equines.’
    • ‘Of course, I would miss the oxen and the goats, too, but I shared a very special connection with the equines.’
    • ‘Most charitable organisations, involved with the rescue and rehabilitation of equines, will tell you that the majority of cases that are brought to their attention are as a result of ignorance or neglect, rather than wilful cruelty.’
    • ‘A new compulsory scheme which requires all equines to be registered by the end of the year is making the problem worse as owners off-load animals before the deadline.’
    • ‘Both humans and equines looked uneasy, and some of the soldiers looked practically outraged.’
    • ‘They were by far the fastest equines in all the lands.’
    • ‘Beautiful equines gaily festooned in spotless harness and working in perfect rhythm, will always be the centerpiece of my circus memories.’
    • ‘The equines were not allowed to be touched without permission, and were not to be overfed on treats.’
    • ‘One style features figurative paintings that capture her fascination with flowers and equines in the old Chinese style of T'ang horses and sweeping panoramas of koi fish in their ponds.’
    • ‘Ragwort kills an estimated 500-1000 horses every year and by following the Code the risk of equines ingesting the poisonous plant will be minimised.’
    • ‘How many of us have recent experience dealing with unbridled equines?’
    • ‘Of all the wild equines in the world today, only the plains zebras of Africa are present in large numbers.’
    • ‘The Mexicans handling the horses that were particularly feisty had some very offensive vocabulary, Ansley noted, as they called the wild equines every name in The Book.’
    • ‘They call someone who can communicate with equines a horse whisperer.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from Latin equinus, from equus horse.

Pronunciation:

equine

/ˈiːkwʌɪn/