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HERD, n.

1. A collection or assemblage; applied to beasts when feeding or driven together. We say, a herd of horses, oxen, cattle, camels, elephants, bucks, harts,and in Scripture, a herd of swine. But we say, a flock of sheep, goats, or birds. A number of cattle going to market is called a drove.

2. A company of men or people, in contempt or detestation; a crowd; a rabble; as a vulgar herd.

HERD, n. A keeper of cattle; used by Spenser, and still used in Scotland, but in English now seldom or never used, except in composition, as a shepherd, a goatherd, a swineherd.

HERD, v.i. To unite or associate, as beasts; to feed or run in collections. Most kinds of beasts manifest a disposition to herd.

1. To associate; to unite in companies customarily.

2. To associate; to become one of a number or party.

HERD, v.t. To form or put into a herd.




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HERD, n.

1. A collection or assemblage; applied to beasts when feeding or driven together. We say, a herd of horses, oxen, cattle, camels, elephants, bucks, harts,and in Scripture, a herd of swine. But we say, a flock of sheep, goats, or birds. A number of cattle going to market is called a drove.

2. A company of men or people, in contempt or detestation; a crowd; a rabble; as a vulgar herd.

HERD, n. A keeper of cattle; used by Spenser, and still used in Scotland, but in English now seldom or never used, except in composition, as a shepherd, a goatherd, a swineherd.

HERD, v.i. To unite or associate, as beasts; to feed or run in collections. Most kinds of beasts manifest a disposition to herd.

1. To associate; to unite in companies customarily.

2. To associate; to become one of a number or party.

HERD, v.t. To form or put into a herd.


HERD, n.1 [Sax. herd, heord; G. herde; Sw. and Dan. hiord; Basque, ardi. Words of this kind have for their primary sense, collection, assemblage. So in Saxon, here is an army. It may be from driving, W. gyr or hèr.]

  1. A collection or assemblage; applied to beasts when feeding or driven together. We say, a herd of horses, oxen, cattle, camels, elephants, bucks, harts, and in Scripture, a herd of swine. But we say, a flock of sheep, goats or birds. A number of cattle going to market is called a drove.
  2. A company of men or people, in contempt or detestation; a crowd; a rabble; as, a vulgar herd.

HERD, n.2 [Sax. hyrd; G. hirt; Sw. herde; Dan. hyrde or hyre; from the same root as the preceding, that is, the holder or keeper.]

A keeper of cattle; used by Spenser, and still used in Scotland, but in English now seldom or never used, except in composition, as a shepherd, a goatherd, a swineherd.


HERD, v.i.

  1. To unite or assocaate, as beasts; to feed or run in collections. Most kinds of beasts manifest a disposition to herd.
  2. To associate; to unite in companies customarily.
  3. To associate; to become one of a number or party. Walsh.

HERD, v.t.

To form or put into a herd. B. Jonson.


Herd
  1. Haired.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.
  2. A number of beasts assembled together; as, a herd of horses, oxen, cattle, camels, elephants, deer, or swine; a particular stock or family of cattle.

    The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea. Gray.

    * Herd is distinguished from flock, as being chiefly applied to the larger animals. A number of cattle, when driven to market, is called a drove.

  3. One who herds or assembles domestic animals; a herdsman; -- much used in composition; as, a shepherd; a goatherd, and the like.

    Chaucer.
  4. To unite or associate in a herd] to feed or run together, or in company; as, sheep herd on many hills.
  5. To form or put into a herd.
  6. A crowd of low people; a rabble.

    But far more numerous was the herd of such
    Who think too little and who talk too much.
    Dryden.

    You can never interest the common herd in the abstract question. Coleridge.

    Herd's grass (Bot.), one of several species of grass, highly esteemed for hay. See under Grass.

  7. To associate; to ally one's self with, or place one's self among, a group or company.

    I'll herd among his friends, and seem
    One of the number.
    Addison.

  8. To act as a herdsman or a shepherd.

    [Scot.]
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Herd

HERD, noun

1. A collection or assemblage; applied to beasts when feeding or driven together. We say, a herd of horses, oxen, cattle, camels, elephants, bucks, harts, and in Scripture, a herd of swine. But we say, a flock of sheep, goats, or birds. A number of cattle going to market is called a drove.

2. A company of men or people, in contempt or detestation; a crowd; a rabble; as a vulgar herd

HERD, noun A keeper of cattle; used by Spenser, and still used in Scotland, but in English now seldom or never used, except in composition, as a shepherd, a goatherd, a swineherd.

HERD, verb intransitive To unite or associate, as beasts; to feed or run in collections. Most kinds of beasts manifest a disposition to herd

1. To associate; to unite in companies customarily.

2. To associate; to become one of a number or party.

HERD, verb transitive To form or put into a herd

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