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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.
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(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)
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(ˈhɜr dər)

a person in charge of a herd.


(ˈhɛər dər)

Johann Gottfried von, 1744–1803, German philosopher and critic.
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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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References in classic literature ?
"Yes, that is Herder's theory," said Prince Andrew, "but it is not that which can convince me, dear friend- life and death are what convince.
If Numa had planned, he had planned well, for scarcely had he reached his position when the door opened and a herder's head was projected into the enclosure, the fellow evidently seeking an explanation of the disturbance among his flock.
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.
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., &c.
"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.
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.
Among the three trekking routes in HNPS, the current road-based route was the previous cattle herder route following the Kunhar River flowing into the valley bottom.
In particular, reindeer herder families in the taiga area of Mongolia whose lives depend on their reindeers, had 814 reindeers by the end of 2016, however, the number reached 2396 reindeer herded by 85 families, increasing three times.
A cattle herder, was reported dead after a cow from the herd he shepherded, went wild and gored him to death at Ughelli, Ughelli North local government area of Delta State.
They demanded compensation be paid to the herder, who told the police that his herd was advancing towards the cattle market of Mirpurkhas along the side of the road when the van went out of its driver's control and ran over many of the sheep.