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shire

 (shīr)
n.
1. A former administrative division of Great Britain, equivalent to a county.
2. often Shire A Shire horse.

[Middle English, from Old English scīr, official charge, administrative district.]

shire

(ʃaɪə)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. one of the British counties
b. (in combination): Yorkshire.
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Australia) a rural district having its own local council
3. (Breeds) See shire horse
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the Midland counties of England, esp Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, famous for hunting, etc
[Old English scīr office; related to Old High German scīra business]

shire

(ʃaɪə)
vb
(tr) dialect Ulster to refresh or rest: let me get my head shired.
[from Old English scīr clear]

Shire

(ˈʃɪəreɪ) or

Shiré

n
(Placename) a river in E central Africa, flowing from Lake Malawi through Malawi and Mozambique to the Zambezi. Length: 596 km (370 miles)
Shire Highlands, Shiré Highlands pl n

shire

(ʃaɪər)

n.
1. one of the counties of Great Britain.
2. the Shires, the counties in the Midlands in which hunting is esp. popular.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English scīr office of administration, county]

Shire

(ʃaɪər)

n.
one of an English breed of large, strong draft horses having a brown or bay coat with feathering on the legs.
[1875–80]

Shi•ré

(ˈʃi reɪ)

n.
a river in SE Africa, flowing S from Lake Malawi to the Zambezi River. 370 mi. (596 km) long.

shire


Past participle: shired
Gerund: shiring

Imperative
shire
shire
Present
I shire
you shire
he/she/it shires
we shire
you shire
they shire
Preterite
I shired
you shired
he/she/it shired
we shired
you shired
they shired
Present Continuous
I am shiring
you are shiring
he/she/it is shiring
we are shiring
you are shiring
they are shiring
Present Perfect
I have shired
you have shired
he/she/it has shired
we have shired
you have shired
they have shired
Past Continuous
I was shiring
you were shiring
he/she/it was shiring
we were shiring
you were shiring
they were shiring
Past Perfect
I had shired
you had shired
he/she/it had shired
we had shired
you had shired
they had shired
Future
I will shire
you will shire
he/she/it will shire
we will shire
you will shire
they will shire
Future Perfect
I will have shired
you will have shired
he/she/it will have shired
we will have shired
you will have shired
they will have shired
Future Continuous
I will be shiring
you will be shiring
he/she/it will be shiring
we will be shiring
you will be shiring
they will be shiring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been shiring
you have been shiring
he/she/it has been shiring
we have been shiring
you have been shiring
they have been shiring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been shiring
you will have been shiring
he/she/it will have been shiring
we will have been shiring
you will have been shiring
they will have been shiring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been shiring
you had been shiring
he/she/it had been shiring
we had been shiring
you had been shiring
they had been shiring
Conditional
I would shire
you would shire
he/she/it would shire
we would shire
you would shire
they would shire
Past Conditional
I would have shired
you would have shired
he/she/it would have shired
we would have shired
you would have shired
they would have shired

Shire

A large workhorse developed in England, presumably from black and dun stocks that were being imported into Great Britain by the eleventh century.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shire - a former administrative district of England; equivalent to a county
administrative district, administrative division, territorial division - a district defined for administrative purposes
county town, shire town - the town or city that is the seat of government for a shire
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
2.Shire - British breed of large heavy draft horseshire - British breed of large heavy draft horse
draft horse, draught horse, dray horse - horse adapted for drawing heavy loads
Translations
GauShire Horse

shire

[ˈʃaɪəʳ]
A. N (Brit) → condado m
B. CPD shire horse Npercherón/ona m/f

shire

[ˈʃaɪər] n (British)
(= county) → comté m
(also shire horse) → cheval m de trait

shire

n (Brit old) → Grafschaft f

shire

[ˈʃaɪəʳ] n (Brit) → contea
References in classic literature ?
Millcote, - shire; I brushed up my recollections of the map of England, yes, I saw it; both the shire and the town.
Nay, good fellow," quoth he chuckling, "I am always ready to help any in my shire.
Thanks to compact organization, they were loosening the bonds of their dependence on the lords or bishops to whom most of them paid taxes; and the alliance of their representatives with the knights of the shire (country gentlemen) in the House of Commons, now a separate division of Parliament, was laying the foundation of the political power of the whole middle class.
In 1386 he was a member of Parliament, knight of the shire for Kent; but in that year his fortune turned--he lost all his offices at the overthrow of the faction of his patron, Duke John of Gaunt (uncle of the young king, Richard II, who had succeeded his grandfather, Edward III, some years before).
Even though the stalls were thin-railed to allow for maximum exposure, I pulled my display table forward and encouraged people to walk right up and pet my Shires.
The deal secured brings together Baxaltas capabilities in hematologic and immunologic ailments with Shires capabilities in lysosomal storage, gastrointestinal, and endocrine diseases.
Brought up on Castell Farm in Pentir, he moved to Llys Farm in the 1950s, giving his Shires the Trem y Wyddfa prefix.
More than 30 Shires horses took part alongside smaller working breeds, including miniature Shetlands standing no higher then 34in.
Shires estimates that 40 to 50 percent of the stock made in the Hopedale factory is exported to dealers around the United States and in Australia, Germany, and Japan.
Sara Price, who breeds shore horses at the Shire Horse Centre at Dan yr Ogof Caves in the Upper Swansea Valley, urged more farms and country enterprises to use shires.
Up to 300 female shires of breeding age are needed yearly to replace those too old to breed.
Michael Shires, 27, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.