Definition of hose in English:

hose

noun

  • 1A flexible tube conveying water, used chiefly for watering plants and in firefighting.

    ‘a sprinkler hose’
    • ‘Tankers have to use floating hoses to connect with a single buoy mooring, which channel oil through subsea hoses to the pipelines.’
    • ‘Water and fertilizer are dispersed to the plants via hoses, Y-connections and drip pins.’
    • ‘Many have taken to hiding their garden hoses or to watering plants after dark so that few questions are asked.’
    • ‘A soaker hose waters the base of every plant, thereby minimizing black spot and mildew problems that often arise from wetting the leaves.’
    • ‘Water left in the hoses can freeze and expand, causing faucets and connecting pipes inside your home to freeze and break.’
    • ‘For the moment the vegetables are watered by means of a hose, but a sprinkler system is in the process of being installed, funded by Region 4.’
    • ‘Along the way, we passed a fire fighter using a hose to soak smouldering roots with water.’
    • ‘To make the clean up of large pots easier, Mattison has one oversized, deep sink and a faucet with a pullout nozzle and a flexible hose.’
    • ‘Last week, Rous Water banned the use of sprinklers, soaker hoses and fixed hoses.’
    • ‘Than remove the drain hose from the drain line and place it, along with the inlet water hoses into the tube.’
    • ‘Control the pests by blasting them from the plants with a strong jet of water from the hose and, if necessary, following up with insecticidal soap.’
    • ‘Rainwater is far more beneficial for plants than water from your hose.’
    • ‘Flexible hoses deteriorate over time; wipe them with a dry rag to see if there is an odor of gasoline.’
    • ‘Firefighters used their hoses to clear oil from the road before it was reopened.’
    • ‘At Coggeshall fire station, firefighters and their families swapped fire hoses for car wash hoses and brushes for their sponsored car wash.’
    • ‘Mound soil into foot-tall beds, then lay drip tubing or soaker hoses down the center.’
    • ‘Water and air are pumped at high pressure through hoses to a manifold to which the flexible hoses, which lead to the lances, are connected.’
    • ‘As a last touch, I usually turn my water hose to a fine mist and give all my new plants a nice clean shower.’
    • ‘The firefighters played their hoses over the blaze with no real effect, knowing the fire would have to burn itself out.’
    • ‘At least 75 firefighters were using three hoses, three ground monitors and two aerial monitors at the scene at the height of the blaze.’
    pipe, piping, tube, tubing, conduit, channel, line, duct, outlet, pipeline, siphon
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  • 2treated as plural Stockings, socks, and tights (especially in commercial use)

    ‘her hose had been laddered’
    • ‘Get sexy and lean for night with black fishnet hose as favored by Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent.’
    • ‘Thinking some more, I think you should definitely go without the hose.’
    • ‘Well, one day I decided to wear the hose with a pair slacks to work.’
    • ‘She panted as she struggled out of her heels and hose.’
    • ‘What they thought of a young woman wearing mud splattered boots and hose, her hair plaited like a child's and in sore need of a bath, I did not know.’
    • ‘If so, should you wear hose with them or brave the cold?’
    • ‘Pale pink toenails were visible through translucent hose.’
    stockings, tights, stay-ups, nylons
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    1. 2.1historical Breeches.
      ‘Elizabethan doublet and hose’
      • ‘He was clad in a royal-looking doublet, hose and an over-tunic, which bore a crest.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Water or spray with a hose.

    ‘he was hosing down the driveway’
    • ‘We removed the doors and the hotplates and everything that would detach, soaked them in acids and then hosed them down.’
    • ‘Something else you should add to your list of helpful household hints is to turn the water off while you're not actually hosing the car.’
    • ‘Then they made us strip, hosed us down with cold water, and sprayed us with a delousing powder.’
    • ‘The pavement was hosed down and all of the glue was removed.’
    • ‘All this while shops in the CBD were wasting thousands of litres hosing the footpath.’
    • ‘When the streets are hosed down and saturated participants have left, normality will resume for another year.’
    • ‘Walls, stalls and cubicles needs to be hosed frequently.’
    • ‘The eco warriors received a frosty reception from staff - one of them hosing the protesters down with cold water.’
    • ‘He claims that the pesticide Deosan Deosect was being hosed directly into the salmon pens, a substance which is banned in the marine environment as it is acutely toxic to aquatic life.’
    • ‘A rocket fired from a balcony signalled the fight's end one hour later, after which giddy participants hosed each other clean.’
    • ‘Sweep up winter debris, and hose or pressure-wash as necessary.’
    • ‘Garbage cans should be hosed regularly and sprayed with disinfectant to eliminate odors, as well as emptied often.’
    • ‘She was squatting inside the trailer, which had a slick fiberglass coating so it could be easily hosed out.’
    • ‘You sit down, stand up or lie on a table as you are hosed with warm sea water in places that help your circulation, or in some cases simply make you giggle.’
    • ‘The carcasses are then hosed with hot water and sprayed with vinegar.’
    • ‘Surf lifesavers removed the 60 centimetre shark by hosing it with fresh water.’
    • ‘The entire area can be hosed out with the water and dirt draining into a trough behind the rear seats.’
    • ‘Construction workers had to be hosed off and treated for breathing problems after a chemical leak.’
    • ‘Prerinse clothing outdoors by spraying or hosing it; or presoak it in a suitable container such as a large bucket or tub; or use the prewash cycle of an automatic washer, with detergent.’
    • ‘Mr Armstrong hosed him down with water until firefighters and paramedics arrived.’
    dampen, damp, moisten, humidify
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Phrasal Verbs

  • hose down

    • 1Rain heavily.

      ‘it's fair hosing down this morning’
      • ‘Our Sky Major paced the mile in 1-51.5, a time that surely would have quicker had the rain not been hosing down on the all-weather track.’
      • ‘Right now, at 4.30pm, it is fair hosing down and it needs to be dry by 7.30 for the procession!’
      • ‘This particular friend is absolutely useless at driving at night time, let alone when it's hosing down.’
      • ‘The weather in North Canterbury hasn't been that flash lately: it's been hosing down for weeks.’
      • ‘Can his men rely on that helter-skelter game plan when it is hosing down in Wellington or Auckland or Hamilton?’
    • 2Suppress or deny something.

      ‘ministers were trying to hose down public alarm’
      • ‘Suggestions that he might return to Rugby League are being hosed down today.’
      • ‘The US Secretary of State has hosed down speculation of this sort.’
      • ‘The Prime Minister has moved to hose down fears about the Government's industrial relations plans.’
      • ‘The Mayor wanting to hose down community concerns.’
      • ‘The company seems intent on hosing down informed public discussion about its long term plans, and the company's responsibilities to the region.’
      • ‘Don't s'pose you blokes are any good at hosing down political controversy.’
      • ‘It can only be seen as complicit in letting the clubs do their own dirty work in trying to hose down or frustrate investigations.’
      • ‘He fleshed out plans for a business round table advisory group on economic policy, hosing down fears of whirlwind changes.’
      • ‘Lawyers hose down this theory saying doctors should practice preventative law.’

Origin

Old English hosa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoos ‘stocking, water hose’ and German Hosen ‘trousers’. Originally singular, the term denoted a covering for the leg, sometimes including the foot but sometimes reaching only to the ankle.

Pronunciation

hose

/həʊz/