1. <zoology> A variety of the domestic dog, usually having large, drooping ears, especially. One which hunts game by scent, as the foxhound, bloodhound, deerhound, but also used for various breeds of fleet hunting dogs, as the greyhound, boarhound, etc. "Hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels, curs." (Shak)

2. A despicable person. "Boy! false hound!"

3. <zoology> A houndfish.

4. Projections at the masthead, serving as a support for the trestletrees and top to rest on.

5. A side bar used to strengthen portions of the running gear of a vehicle. To follow the hounds, to hunt with hounds.

Origin: OE. Hound, hund, dog, AS. Hund; akin to OS. & OFries. Hund, D. Hond, G. Hund, OHG. Hunt, Icel. Hundr, Dan. & Sw. Hund, Goth. Hunds, and prob. To Lith. Sz, Ir. & Gael. Cu, L. Canis, Gr, Skr. Cvan. Cf. Canine, Cynic, Kennel.

(01 Mar 1998)

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