(countable) A flexible tube conveying water or other fluid.
(uncountable) A stocking-like garment worn on the legs; pantyhose, women's tights.
(obsolete) Close-fitting trousers or breeches, reaching to the knee.
* Bible, Daniel iii. 21
- These men were bound in their coats, their hosen , and their hats, and their other garments.
- His youthful hose , well saved, a world too wide / For his shrunk shank.
* (garment covering legs ) Formerly a male garment covering the lower body, with the upper body covered by a doublet. By the 16th century hose had separated into two garments, stocken and breeches. Since the 1920's, hose refers mostly to women's stockings or pantyhose
* hose clamp
* hose clip
To water or spray with a hose.
, author=Vivian Russell
, title=Monet's Garden: Through the Seasons at Giverny
, passage=Only days before the garden opens, the concrete is hosed down with a high-pressure jet and scrubbed.}}
To provide with hose (garment)
, author=Pierce Pungent
, title=Men and Manners
, date=July to December
, magazine=Fraser's magazine for town and country
, passage=The mighty mass of many a mingled race,
Who dwell in towns where he pursued the chase;
The men degenerate shirted, cloaked, and hosed -
Nose and eyes only to the day exposed}}
To attack and kill somebody, usually using a firearm.
, author=John R. Bruning
, title=Jungle ace
, passage=His guns hosed down the vessel's decks, sweeping them clear of sailors, blowing holes in the bulkheads, and smashing gun positions.}}
To trick or deceive.
, author=Keath Fraser
, title=Popular anatomy
, publisher=The Porcupine's Quill
, passage=Bartlett elaborated on what had happened at the warehouse, saying he thought Chandar was supposed to have advised, not hosed him.}}
(computing) To break a computer so everything needs to be reinstalled; to wipe all files.
, date=Spring 2006
, author=Joel Durham Jr.
, title=Pimp Out Win XP with TweakUI
, magazine=Maximum PC
, publisher=Future US, Inc.
, passage=There aren't any tricky hexadecimal calculations to snare your brain, nor is there a need to worry about hosing the registry for all eternity.}}
* hose down
* home and hosed
(obsolete) the lime tree, or linden tree