herd

herd
herd1
/herrd/, n.
1. a number of animals kept, feeding, or traveling together; drove; flock: a herd of cattle; a herd of sheep; a herd of zebras.
2. Sometimes Disparaging. a large group of people: The star was mobbed by a herd of autograph seekers.
3. any large quantity: a herd of bicycles.
4. the herd, the common people; masses; rabble: He had no opinions of his own, but simply followed the herd.
5. ride herd on, to have charge or control of; maintain discipline over: He rode herd on 40 students in each class.
v.i.
6. to unite or go in a herd; assemble or associate as a herd.
[bef. 1000; ME; OE heord; c. Goth hairda, G Herde]
Syn. 1. See flock1. 2. crowd, mob.
herd2
/herrd/, n.
1. a herdsman (usually used in combination): a cowherd; a goatherd; a shepherd.
v.t.
2. to tend, drive, or lead (cattle, sheep, etc.).
3. to conduct or drive (a group of people) to a destination: The teacher herded the children into the classroom.
[bef. 900; ME herd(e), hirde, OE hierde; c. Goth hairdeis, G Hirt(e); deriv. of HERD1]
Syn. 2. guard, protect, watch.

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Synonyms:
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  • Herd — Herd, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Herded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Herding}.] [See 2d {Herd}.] 1. To unite or associate in a herd; to feed or run together, or in company; as, sheep herd on many hills. [1913 Webster] 2. To associate; to ally one s self with, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Herd — Herd: Das auf das Westgerm. beschränkte Substantiv mhd. hert, ahd. herd, niederl. haard, engl. hearth gehört mit verwandten Wörtern in anderen idg. Sprachen, vgl. z. B. lat. carbo »‹Holz›kohle« (↑ karbo..., ↑ Karbo...) und – weitergebildet –… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • herd — herd1 [hʉrd] n. [ME < OE heord, akin to Ger herde < IE base * kerdho , a row, group > Sans s̍árdha, a herd, troop] 1. a number of cattle, sheep, or other animals feeding, living, or being driven together 2. a) any large group suggestive… …   English World dictionary

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