Webster 1913 Edition



A shoe for horses, consisting of a narrow plate of iron in form somewhat like the letter
, nailed to a horse’s hoof.
Anything shaped like a horsehoe, such as a U-shaped bend in a river.
The Limulus or horsehoe crab.
Horsehoe head
an old name for the condition of the skull in children, in which the sutures are too open, the coronal suture presenting the form of a horsehoe.
Horsehoe magnet
an artificial magnet in the form of a horsehoe.
Horsehoe nail
Horsehoe nose
a bat of the genus
, having a nasal fold of skin shaped like a horsehoe.

Webster 1828 Edition



A shoe for horses, consisting of a plate of iron of a circular form.

Definition 2022



See also: horse shoe


A metal horseshoe (1)
Calks (identified by the letter "C" on the shown horseshoe} consist of spur-point and a shank to form an antislipping device.


horseshoe (plural horseshoes)

  1. The U-shaped metallic shoe of a horse.
    • 1887, David A. Wells, "The Economic Disturbances since 1873", III, Popular Science 31 (no. 37): 595
      And what has been thus affirmed of other leading commodities; the blacksmith, for example, no longer making, but buying his horseshoes, nails, nuts, and bolts;
  2. A U-shaped piece of metal used to play the game horseshoes.
    • 1997, Francis Edward Abernethy (editor), Texas toys and games‎, page 142
      Each player has a turn at tossing his horseshoes, one at a time, at the stob opposite him. His opponent then throws his horseshoes.
  3. The U shape of a horseshoe.
    • 2005, Stuart H. James & Jon J. Nordby (editors), Forensic science: an introduction to scientific and investigative techniques, page 88
      If there are no missing teeth and tooth alignment is good, two opposing well-defined horseshoes are seen. If, however, your denitition is mal-aligned or is missing anterior teeth, this pattern too should be reflected in the bite mark.
  4. (bodybuilding, slang) A well-developed set of triceps brachii muscles.
    • 2004, Ellington Darden, The New High-Intensity Training, page 58
      The lateral head of your triceps forms the outside of the horseshoe, the long head forms the inside, the medial head lies beneath the long head, and the tendon occupies the flat space in the middle.
  5. (logic) The symbol .
  6. (Midwestern US) An open-faced sandwich originating from Springfield, Illinois State, consisting of thick-sliced toasted bread, often Texas toast, a hamburger patty, French fries, and a cheese sauce.

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horseshoe (third-person singular simple present horseshoes, present participle horseshoeing, simple past and past participle horseshoed or horseshod)

  1. To apply horseshoes to (a horse).

Usage notes

The shorter form shoe is more commonly used.


  • (to apply horseshoes): shoe