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Definitions of herd

  1. cause to herd, drive, or crowd together; " We herded the children into a spare classroom"
  2. keep, move, or drive animals; " Who will be herding the cattle when the cowboy dies?"
  3. a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humans
  4. a group of wild animals of one species that remain together: antelope or elephants or seals or whales or zebra
  5. a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things; " his brilliance raised him above the ruck"; " the children resembled a fairy herd"
  6. move together, like a herd
  7. Haired.
  8. 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.
  9. A crowd of low people; a rabble.
  10. To unite or associate in a herd; to feed or run together, or in company; as, sheep herd on many hills.
  11. To associate; to ally one's self with, or place one's self among, a group or company.
  12. To act as a herdsman or a shepherd.
  13. To form or put into a herd.
  14. A herdsman.
  15. One who herds or assembles domestic animals; a herdsman; - much used in composition; as, a shepherd; a goatherd, and the like.
  16. A collection of beasts or cattle feeding or driven together; crowd; a keeper of cattle.
  17. To unite or associate, as beasts; crowd together.
  18. A number of beasts feeding together, and watched or tended: any collection of beasts, as distinguished from a flock: a company of people, in contempt: the rabble.
  19. To run in herds.
  20. To tend, as a herdsman.
  21. One who tends a herd.
  22. A collection of beasts; rabble.
  23. To associate, as cattle.
  24. To tend, as cattle.
  25. To bring together; congregate; flock together.
  26. A number of animals feeding together.
  27. A crowd; rabble.
  28. A collection of beasts feeding or driven together; a company of people, in contempt; a rabble; a keeper of cattle.
  29. To form into a herd; to tend.
  30. To associate; to associate as beasts.
  31. A collection or assemblage, as cattle or beasts; the rabble; one employed to attend cattle.
  32. To unite or associate, as beasts; to form into a herd.
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Usage examples for herd

  1. The effect of this on some was to work them into such a perfect fury, that when released by the party cutting them clear, they would in some instances rush blindly away from the herd and be lost, as described before. – The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine by Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine
  2. He does not make for the herd, but directly for the leader. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  3. " I have yet to tell you how I was lost, and how I got back to the rest of the herd. – Umboo, the Elephant by Howard R. Garis
  4. That morning she noticed that there was a strange bull with the herd. – Old Greek Stories by James Baldwin
  5. They found Lady Lightfoot with a herd of half wild animals in a little hollow beyond the head of the lake. – The Short Cut by Jackson Gregory
  6. Whilst " a bad bull will ruin the best herd in the county." – Feminism and Sex-Extinction by Arabella Kenealy
  7. Mistress MacMorrine did not waste a look on the herd of cows, but proceeded to go over her washing with great care. – The Lilac Sunbonnet by S.R. Crockett
  8. As he started down the hill into the valley he saw a herd of cattle coming from the north. – The Desert Valley by Jackson Gregory
  9. An' for a hour, mebby, followin' his advent, seein' the gen'ral herd is busy with the mail, he has the Red Light to himse'f. – Wolfville Nights by Alfred Lewis
  10. By the time he had reached the end of the village he had a large herd following him. – Spanish Life in Town and Country by L. Higgin and Eugène E. Street
  11. Then he called his High Steward and told him to dress up the herd- boy of the palace in some of the Prince's clothes. – Europa's Fairy Book by Joseph Jacobs
  12. It was sufficiently level to allow of Edith being carried without difficulty, though in some places undulating, and covered pretty thickly with trees; generally, however, the country was thoroughly park- like, and I could not help expecting to see a herd of deer start up and go bounding away before us. – Twice Lost by W.H.G. Kingston
  13. I however saw no human beings moving in the distance, but I caught sight of a herd of deer, and greatly longed to be able to go in chase, as we were much in want of fresh provisions. – With Axe and Rifle by W.H.G. Kingston
  14. They felt that it was little enough that they must lie where the dogs were wont to herd. – In the Brooding Wild by Ridgwell Cullum
  15. For hours they poured over the divide to the delight of the astonished boy, and after a time he wired Baxter at Medicine Bend that a herd of at least one million buffaloes was crossing the railroad at Goose Creek. – The Mountain Divide by Frank H. Spearman
  16. After a time, however, we learned from the sounds that the herd was moving away from us. – The White Chief of the Caffres by A.W. Drayson
  17. But I must own, when I came home to the place of my birth, I was much struck to hear my friends say such fine things of the wealth and trade of these parts of the world, for I saw and knew that the men were a mere herd or crowd of mean slaves. – Robinson Crusoe In Words of One Syllable by Mary Godolphin
  18. These are the great Town Virtues; the fine flowers of herd- life. – Another Sheaf by John Galsworthy
  19. It dropped to its knees, struggled a moment, fell over dead, and the herd turned a little more to the right. – With Hoops of Steel by Florence Finch Kelly
  20. As we say, 'a bull is half the herd. – Feminism and Sex-Extinction by Arabella Kenealy
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