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Nowadays men cannot love seven night but they must have all their desires: that love may not endure by reason; for where they be soon accorded and hasty, heat soon it cooleth. Right so fareth love nowadays, soon hot soon cold: this is no stability. But the old love was not so.
Sir Thomas Malory
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Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology

  1. Old English herd, heord, Old English heord.
  2. Old English hirde, herde, heorde, Old English hirde, hyrde, heorde. (Person who herds.)

Pronunciation

Noun

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Singular
herd

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  1. A number of beasts assembled together; as, a herd of horses, oxen, cattle, rabbits, camels, elephants, deer, or swine; a particular stock or family of cattle.
    • 1768, Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,
      The lowing herd wind slowly o’er the lea.
    • 2007, J. Michael Fay, Ivory Wars: Last Stand in Zakouma, National Geographic (March 2007), 47,
      Zakouma is the last place on Earth where you can see more than a thousand elephants on the move in a single, compact herd.
  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.
  3. One who herds or assembles domestic animals; a herdsman; -- much used in composition; as, a shepherd; a goatherd, and the like.

Usage notes

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.

Translations

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Verb

Infinitive
to herd

Third person singular
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Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
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to herd (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  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.
  4. To form or put into a herd.
    I heard the herd of cattle being herded home from a long way away.

Translations

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Old High German

Etymology

West Germanic *hertha, whence also Old English heorþ

Noun

herd m

  1. hearth

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