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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.
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
To come together in a herd: The sheep herded for warmth.
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.


 (hĕr′dər), Johann Gottfried von 1744-1803.
German philosopher and writer whose theory of culture and advocacy of intuition over rationality greatly influenced Goethe and formed the basis of German romanticism.


(Agriculture) chiefly US a person who cares for or drives herds of cattle or flocks of sheep, esp on an open range. Brit equivalent: herdsman


(German ˈhɛrdər)
(Biography) Johann Gottfried von (joˈhan ˈɡɔtfriːt fɔn). 1744–1803, German philosopher, critic, and poet, the leading figure in the Sturm und Drang movement in German literature. His chief work is Outlines of a Philosophy of the History of Man (1784–91)


(ˈhɜr dər)

a person in charge of a herd.


(ˈhɛər dər)

Johann Gottfried von, 1744–1803, German philosopher and critic.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Herder - German philosopher who advocated intuition over reason (1744-1803)
2.herder - someone who drives a herdherder - someone who drives a herd    
goat herder, goatherd - a person who tends a flock of goats
hired hand, hired man, hand - a hired laborer on a farm or ranch; "the hired hand fixed the railing"; "a ranch hand"
sheepherder, sheepman, shepherd - a herder of sheep (on an open range); someone who keeps the sheep together in a flock
pigman, swineherd - a herder or swine
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All the jungle knows thou wast a herder of tame cattle--such a man's brat as shouts in the dust by the crops yonder.
Therefore it was droll in the good Riemer, who has written memoirs of Goethe, to make out a list of his donations and good deeds, as, so many hundred thalers given to Stilling, to Hegel, to Tischbein; a lucrative place found for Professor Voss, a post under the Grand Duke for Herder, a pension for Meyer, two professors recommended to foreign universities; &c.
I knew Von Herder, the blind German mechanic, who constructed it to the order of the late Professor Moriarty.
The famous air-gun of Von Herder will embellish the Scotland Yard Museum, and once again Mr.
In process of time, thanks to his intimate knowledge of drill and musketry exercise, the excellent Mulcahy, wearing the corporal's stripe, went out in a troopship and joined Her Majesty's Royal Loyal Musketeers, commonly known as the "Mavericks," because they were masterless and unbranded cattle - sons of small farmers in County Clare, shoeless vagabonds of Kerry, herders of Ballyvegan, much wanted "moonlighters" from the bare rainy headlands of the south coast, officered by O'Mores, Bradys, Hills, Kilreas, and the like.
The first incident took place in Labado area, in the locality of Shaeria, East Darfur when a herder killed two farmers after they attempted to seize a flock of sheep that entered their farms and damaged their crops.
Above, herder Enrique Belenchon, 44, guides the herd along the Canada Real Conquense o de los Serranos; left, Gratinano Usero, 61, cooks over the fire as the herders stop overnight Pics: PABLO BLAZQUEZ DOMINGUEZ/GETTY IMAGES
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Fascinated by the delicate and interwoven relationship between the nomadic people, animals and the land, Nancy developed a deeper understanding and respect for the bond between the herder families' livelihoods, their yaks, and the Mongolian landscape.
Three Critics of the Enlightenment: Vico, Hamann, Herder, 2nd Editon
Herder on Humanity and Cultural Difference: Enlightened Relativism.
Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803) is a central figure in German and European arts and letters who strove to define what it means to be human in a physiological, intellectual, and ethical sense.