A US naval officer using a fire hose



  • A flexible tube conveying water or other fluid.
  • A stocking-like garment worn on the legs; pantyhose, women's tights.
  • Close-fitting trousers or breeches, reaching to the knee.


  • To water or spray with a hose.
  • To deliver using a hose.
  • To provide with hose
  • To attack and kill somebody, usually using a firearm.
  • To trick or deceive.
  • To break a computer so everything needs to be reinstalled; to wipe all files.
  • To cause an unfair disadvantage to a player or team through poor officiating; especially, to cause a player or team to lose the game with an incorrect call.


  • From Middle English hose, from Old English hose, hosa, from Proto-West Germanic *hosā, from Proto-Germanic *husǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewH-.
  • Compare West Frisian hoas, Dutch hoos, German Hose. Compare Tocharian A kać, Russian кишка́, Ancient Greek κύστις, Sanskrit कोष्ठ. More at sky.

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