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herd

 (hûrd)
n.
1.
a. A group of cattle or other large herbivorous mammals of a single kind kept together for a specific purpose.
b. A number of wild animals of one species, especially large herbivorous mammals, that remain together as a group: a herd of elephants.
2.
a. A large number of people; a crowd: a herd of stranded passengers.
b. The multitude of common people regarded as a mass: "It is the luxurious and dissipated who set the fashions which the herd so diligently follow" (Henry David Thoreau).
v. herd·ed, herd·ing, herds
v.intr.
To come together in a herd: The sheep herded for warmth.
v.tr.
1. To gather, keep, or drive (animals) in a herd.
2. To tend (sheep or cattle).
3. To gather and place into a group or mass: herded the children into the auditorium.

[Middle English, from Old English heord.]

herd′er n.

herd

(hɜːd)
n
1. (Zoology) a large group of mammals living and feeding together, esp a group of cattle, sheep, etc
2. often derogatory a large group of people
3. derogatory the large mass of ordinary people
vb
to collect or be collected into or as if into a herd
[Old English heord; related to Old Norse hjörth, Gothic hairda, Old High German herta, Greek kórthus troop]

herd

(hɜːd)
n
(Agriculture)
a. archaic or dialect a man or boy who tends livestock; herdsman
b. (in combination): goatherd; swineherd.
vb (tr)
1. to drive forwards in a large group
2. (Agriculture) to look after (livestock)
[Old English hirde; related to Old Norse hirthir, Gothic hairdeis, Old High German hirti, Old Saxon hirdi, herdi; see herd1]

herd1

(hɜrd)

n.
1. a number of animals feeding, traveling, or kept together; drove; flock: a herd of zebras; a herd of sheep; a herd of cattle.
2. a large group of people; crowd; mob: a herd of autograph seekers.
3. a large group of things.
4. the herd, the common people; masses: to follow the herd.
v.i.
5. to unite or move in a herd; assemble or associate as a herd.
v.t.
6. to gather into or as if into a herd.
Idioms:
ride herd on, to maintain control or discipline over.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English heord, c. Old High German herta, Old Norse hjǫrth, Gothic hairda]
usage: See collective noun.

herd2

(hɜrd)

v.t.
1. to tend, drive, or lead (cattle, sheep, etc.).
2. to conduct or drive (a group of people) to a destination.
[before 900; Middle English herd(e),hirde, Old English hierde, c. Old High German hirti, Old Norse hirthir, Gothic hairdeis; derivative of herd1]

herd

  • cutting horse - One trained to cut cattle out of a herd.
  • pointer, point man - A pointer or point man was first a cowboy riding at the front of a herd of cattle.
  • egregious - First meant "remarkably good" and "standing out or apart from the flock or herd; eminent"; its later derogatory sense is probably an ironical use.
  • herd - As a verb, it first meant "keep safe, shelter."

Herd

 a number of animals assembled together, chiefly large animals; a crowd of common people. See also flock, rabble.
Examples: herd of antelopes; of asses; of attributes; of bison; of boars, 1735; of buffalo; of camels; of caribou, 1577; of cattle; of chamois, 1860; of cranes, 1470; of curlew; of deer, 1470; of elephants, 1875; of fallow beasts, 1576; of giraffes; of goats, 1700; of harlots, 1486; of harts, 1486; of coaches, 1618; of ibex; of mankind, 1665; of moose; of oxen; of parasites, 1818; of ponies; of porpoises, 1675; of seals, 1897; of swans, 1470; of swine, 1526; of sycophants; of whales, 1839; of wolves, 1697; of wrens, 1470.

herd


Past participle: herded
Gerund: herding

Imperative
herd
herd
Present
I herd
you herd
he/she/it herds
we herd
you herd
they herd
Preterite
I herded
you herded
he/she/it herded
we herded
you herded
they herded
Present Continuous
I am herding
you are herding
he/she/it is herding
we are herding
you are herding
they are herding
Present Perfect
I have herded
you have herded
he/she/it has herded
we have herded
you have herded
they have herded
Past Continuous
I was herding
you were herding
he/she/it was herding
we were herding
you were herding
they were herding
Past Perfect
I had herded
you had herded
he/she/it had herded
we had herded
you had herded
they had herded
Future
I will herd
you will herd
he/she/it will herd
we will herd
you will herd
they will herd
Future Perfect
I will have herded
you will have herded
he/she/it will have herded
we will have herded
you will have herded
they will have herded
Future Continuous
I will be herding
you will be herding
he/she/it will be herding
we will be herding
you will be herding
they will be herding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been herding
you have been herding
he/she/it has been herding
we have been herding
you have been herding
they have been herding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been herding
you will have been herding
he/she/it will have been herding
we will have been herding
you will have been herding
they will have been herding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been herding
you had been herding
he/she/it had been herding
we had been herding
you had been herding
they had been herding
Conditional
I would herd
you would herd
he/she/it would herd
we would herd
you would herd
they would herd
Past Conditional
I would have herded
you would have herded
he/she/it would have herded
we would have herded
you would have herded
they would have herded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.herd - a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humansherd - a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humans
Bos taurus, cattle, cows, kine, oxen - domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age; "so many head of cattle"; "wait till the cows come home"; "seven thin and ill-favored kine"- Bible; "a team of oxen"
sheep - woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat
animal group - a group of animals
remuda - the herd of horses from which those to be used the next day are chosen
2.herd - a group of wild mammals of one species that remain together: antelope or elephants or seals or whales or zebra
animal group - a group of animals
gam - a herd of whales
3.herd - a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things; "his brilliance raised him above the ruck"; "the children resembled a fairy herd"
concourse, throng, multitude - a large gathering of people
Verb1.herd - cause to herd, drive, or crowd together; "We herded the children into a spare classroom"
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
overcrowd - cause to crowd together too much; "The students overcrowded the cafeteria"
2.herd - move together, like a herd
crowd together, crowd - to gather together in large numbers; "men in straw boaters and waxed mustaches crowded the verandah"
3.herd - keep, move, or drive animals; "Who will be herding the cattle when the cowboy dies?"
keep - raise; "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees"
wrangle - herd and care for; "wrangle horses"

herd

noun
1. flock, crowd, collection, mass, drove, crush, mob, swarm, horde, multitude, throng, assemblage, press large herds of elephant and buffalo
2. (Often disparaging) mob, the masses, rabble, populace, the hoi polloi, the plebs, riffraff They are individuals; they will not follow the herd.
verb
1. lead, drive, force, direct, guide, shepherd The group was herded onto a bus.
2. drive, lead, force, guide, shepherd A boy herded sheep down towards the lane.

herd

verb
To urge to move along:
Translations
قَطيعيَجْمَع في قَطيع
stádonahnatshoufovat se
flokgennehjordhobhyrde
laumaliittyäpaimenpaimentaarahvas
csordagulyanyájösszeterelpásztor
hjörîreka saman, safna saman
bandos instinktaskaimenėpiemuosugintisuvaryti
barsganāmpulksganītsadzītsadzīt barā
čredakrdelo
stado
bir araya toplamaksürü

herd

[hɜːd]
A. N [of cattle] → rebaño m, manada f; [of goats] → rebaño m; [of elephants] → manada f; [of pigs] → piara f; [of people] → multitud f, tropel m
the common herdel vulgo, las masas
B. VT (= drive, gather) [+ animals] → llevar en manada; [+ people] → reunir
C. CPD herd instinct Ninstinto m gregario
herd together
A. VI + ADVapiñarse, agruparse
B. VT + ADVagrupar, reunir

herd

[ˈhɜːrd]
n
[cows] → troupeau m; [wild animals, swine] → troupeau m
vt
(= drive) [+ animals] → mener (en troupeau), conduire
[+ people]
We were herded onto a bus → On nous fit monter dans un bus.
to be herded into a place → être parqué(e) dans un endroit
herd together
vi [people] → se serrer les uns contre les autres
vt sep
to be herded together [people] → être entassésherd instinct ninstinct m grégaire

herd

n (of cattle etc)Herde f; (of deer)Rudel nt; (fig pej: of people) → Herde f, → Schar f; the common herddie breite Masse; to follow the herd (fig)der Herde folgen, mit der Herde laufen
vt
(= drive) sheep, cattle, prisonerstreiben
(= tend) cattlehüten

herd

[hɜːd]
1. n (of cattle, horses) → mandria; (of wild animals, swine) → branco; (of people) (pej) the (common) herdil gregge
2. vt (drive, gather, animals) → guidare; (people) → radunare
herd together
1. vt + advradunare
2. vi + advstringersi uno vicino all'altro

herd

(həːd) noun
a group of animals of one kind that stay, or are kept, together. a herd of cattle; a herd of elephant(s).
verb
to gather together, or be brought together, in a group. The dogs herded the sheep together; The tourists were herded into a tiny room.
-herd
a person who looks after a herd of certain kinds of animals. a goat-herd.
ˈherdsman (ˈhəːdz-) noun
a person who looks after a herd of animals.
the herd instinct
the tendency to behave, think etc like everyone else.
References in classic literature ?
The replies this theory gives to historical questions are like the replies of a man who, watching the movements of a herd of cattle and paying no attention to the varying quality of the pasturage in different parts of the field, or to the driving of the herdsman, should attribute the direction the herd takes to what animal happens to be at its head.
When the priest scolded him, Mowgli threatened to put him on the donkey too, and the priest told Messua's husband that Mowgli had better be set to work as soon as possible; and the village head-man told Mowgli that he would have to go out with the buffaloes next day, and herd them while they grazed.
There come the buffaloes themselves, and a noble herd it is
Robin Hood met the Sheriff at breakfast, when his host soon spoke of what was uppermost in his heart--the purchase of the fine herd of cattle near Gamewell.
said the swine-herd, after blowing his horn obstreperously, to collect together the scattered herd of swine, which, answering his call with notes equally melodious, made, however, no haste to remove themselves from the luxurious banquet of beech-mast and acorns on which they had fattened, or to forsake the marshy banks of the rivulet, where several of them, half plunged in mud, lay stretched at their ease, altogether regardless of the voice of their keeper.
As I had been scrutinizing this weird monstrosity the balance of the herd had fed quite close to me and I now saw that while many had the smaller specimens dangling from them, not all were thus equipped, and I further noted that the little ones varied in size from what appeared to be but tiny unopened buds an inch in diameter through various stages of development to the full-fledged and perfectly formed creature of ten to twelve inches in length.
At night when he was going to drive the herd home again, he said to the calf: 'If you can stand there and eat your fill, you can also go on your four legs; I don't care to drag you home again in my arms.
In the King's herd there was a young bull named White-horned.
And when he glanced upon the green walls of the watery defile in which the ship was then sailing, and bethought him that through that gate lay the route to his vengeance, and beheld, how that through that same gate he was now both chasing and being chased to his deadly end; and not only that, but a herd of remorseless wild pirates and inhuman atheistical devils were infernally cheering him on with their curses; --when all these conceits had passed through his brain, Ahab's brow was left gaunt and ribbed, like the black sand beach after some stormy tide has been gnawing it, without being able to drag the firm thing from its place.
Good jumped at the idea, for he was longing to have a shot at those elephants; and so, to speak the truth, did I, for it went against my conscience to let such a herd as that escape without a pull at them.
Deer and other defenceless animals often herd about the elephant, which, contenting himself with roots and leaves, preserves those beasts that place themselves, as it were, under his protection, from the rage and fierceness of others that would devour them.
The next day it snowed very hard, so that he could not take the herd to their usual feeding places, but was obliged to keep them in the fold.