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Meaning of HERD

Pronunciation:  hurd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humans
  2. [n]  a group of wild animals of one species that remain together: antelope or elephants or seals or whales or zebra
  3. [n]  a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things; "his brilliance raised him above the ruck"; "the children resembled a fairy herd"
  4. [v]  move together, like a herd
  5. [v]  cause to herd, drive, or crowd together; "We herded the children into a spare classroom"
  6. [v]  keep, move, or drive animals; "Who will be herding the cattle when the cowboy dies?"

HERD is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: ruck
 See Also: animal group, Bos taurus, cattle, concourse, cows, crowd, crowd together, displace, keep, kine, move, multitude, overcrowd, oxen, remuda, sheep, throng, wrangle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Herd\, a.
    Haired. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  2. \Herd\, n. [OE. herd, heord, AS. heord; akin to OHG.
    herta,G. herde, Icel. hj["o]r?, Sw. hjord, Dan. hiord, Goth.
    ha['i]rda; cf. Skr. [,c]ardha troop, host.]
    1. 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.
    Note: 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.
    2. 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}.
  3. \Herd\, n. [OE. hirde, herde, heorde, AS. hirde, hyrde,
    heorde; akin to G. hirt, hirte, OHG. hirti, Icel. hir?ir, Sw.
    herde, Dan. hyrde, Goth. ha['i]rdeis. See 2d {Herd}.]
    One who herds or assembles domestic animals; a herdsman; --
    much used in composition; as, a shepherd; a goatherd, and the
    like. --Chaucer.
  4. \Herd\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Herded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Herding}.] [See 2d {Herd}.]
    1. To unite or associate in a herd; to feed or run together,
       or in company; as, sheep herd on many hills.
    2. 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.
    3. To act as a herdsman or a shepherd. [Scot.]
  5. \Herd\, v. t.
    To form or put into a herd.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a herd in your dream indicates that you are a follower. Learn to make your own decision and take initiative. The dream may also be a pun on "heard". Perhaps you heard something that was not meant for your ears. Consider also the specific animal in the herd.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Gen. 13:5; Deut. 7:14. (See CATTLE.)

 Definition: among geladas, a large social unit consisting of several bands that come together under very good grazing conditions.
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