Definition of hose in English:

hose

noun

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

    • ‘As a last touch, I usually turn my water hose to a fine mist and give all my new plants a nice clean shower.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last week, Rous Water banned the use of sprinklers, soaker hoses and fixed hoses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mound soil into foot-tall beds, then lay drip tubing or soaker hoses down the center.’
    • ‘Than remove the drain hose from the drain line and place it, along with the inlet water hoses into the tube.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Flexible hoses deteriorate over time; wipe them with a dry rag to see if there is an odor of gasoline.’
    • ‘Along the way, we passed a fire fighter using a hose to soak smouldering roots with water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Firefighters used their hoses to clear oil from the road before it was reopened.’
    • ‘Tankers have to use floating hoses to connect with a single buoy mooring, which channel oil through subsea hoses to the pipelines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At Coggeshall fire station, firefighters and their families swapped fire hoses for car wash hoses and brushes for their sponsored car wash.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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)

    ‘a chorus girl's fishnet 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?’
    • ‘Thinking some more, I think you should definitely go without the hose.’
    • ‘Get sexy and lean for night with black fishnet hose as favored by Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pale pink toenails were visible through translucent hose.’
    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, spray, or drench with a hose.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

hose

/hōz/