Definition of hose in English:



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

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

    ‘her hose had been laddered’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pale pink toenails were visible through translucent hose.’
    • ‘Get sexy and lean for night with black fishnet hose as favored by Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent.’
    • ‘If so, should you wear hose with them or brave the cold?’
    • ‘Thinking some more, I think you should definitely go without the hose.’
    • ‘She panted as she struggled out of her heels and hose.’
    • ‘Well, one day I decided to wear the hose with a pair slacks to work.’
    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.’


  • Water or spray with a hose.

    ‘he was hosing down the driveway’
    • ‘Construction workers had to be hosed off and treated for breathing problems after a chemical leak.’
    • ‘Surf lifesavers removed the 60 centimetre shark by hosing it with fresh water.’
    • ‘The pavement was hosed down and all of the glue was removed.’
    • ‘She was squatting inside the trailer, which had a slick fiberglass coating so it could be easily hosed out.’
    • ‘Walls, stalls and cubicles needs to be hosed frequently.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Garbage cans should be hosed regularly and sprayed with disinfectant to eliminate odors, as well as emptied often.’
    • ‘When the streets are hosed down and saturated participants have left, normality will resume for another year.’
    • ‘All this while shops in the CBD were wasting thousands of litres hosing the footpath.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr Armstrong hosed him down with water until firefighters and paramedics arrived.’
    • ‘The entire area can be hosed out with the water and dirt draining into a trough behind the rear seats.’
    • ‘A rocket fired from a balcony signalled the fight's end one hour later, after which giddy participants hosed each other clean.’
    • ‘The carcasses are then hosed with hot water and sprayed with vinegar.’
    • ‘Sweep up winter debris, and hose or pressure-wash as necessary.’
    • ‘We removed the doors and the hotplates and everything that would detach, soaked them in acids and then hosed them down.’
    • ‘Then they made us strip, hosed us down with cold water, and sprayed us with a delousing powder.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The eco warriors received a frosty reception from staff - one of them hosing the protesters down with cold water.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • hose down

    • 1Rain heavily.

      ‘it's fair hosing down this morning’
      • ‘The weather in North Canterbury hasn't been that flash lately: it's been hosing down for weeks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘The company seems intent on hosing down informed public discussion about its long term plans, and the company's responsibilities to the region.’
      • ‘The Prime Minister has moved to hose down fears about the Government's industrial relations plans.’
      • ‘Suggestions that he might return to Rugby League are being hosed down today.’
      • ‘Lawyers hose down this theory saying doctors should practice preventative law.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Mayor wanting to hose down community concerns.’
      • ‘He fleshed out plans for a business round table advisory group on economic policy, hosing down fears of whirlwind changes.’
      • ‘The US Secretary of State has hosed down speculation of this sort.’


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.