Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To put or keep out of sight; secrete.
  • transitive v. To prevent the disclosure or recognition of; conceal: tried to hide the facts.
  • transitive v. To cut off from sight; cover up: Clouds hid the stars.
  • transitive v. To avert (one's gaze), especially in shame or grief.
  • intransitive v. To keep oneself out of sight.
  • intransitive v. To seek refuge.
  • hide out To be in hiding, as from a pursuer: The gangsters hid out in a remote cabin until it was safe to return to the city.
  • n. The skin of an animal, especially the thick tough skin or pelt of a large animal.
  • transitive v. To beat severely; flog.
  • idiom hide nor hair A trace; a vestige: haven't seen hide nor hair of them since the argument.
  • n. An old English measure of land, usually the amount held adequate for one free family and its dependents.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To put (something) in a place where it will be harder to discover or out of sight.
  • v. To put oneself in a place where one will be harder to find or out of sight.
  • n. The skin of an animal.
  • n. (mainly British) A covered structure from which hunters, birdwatchers, etc can observe animals without scaring them.
  • n. One's own life or personal safety, especially when in peril.
  • v. To beat with a whip made from hide.
  • n. A medieval land measure equal to the amount of land that could sustain one free family; usually 100 acres. Forty hides equalled a barony.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To conceal, or withdraw from sight; to put out of view; to secrete.
  • transitive v. To withhold from knowledge; to keep secret; to refrain from avowing or confessing.
  • transitive v. To remove from danger; to shelter.
  • intransitive v. To lie concealed; to keep one's self out of view; to be withdrawn from sight or observation.
  • n. An abode or dwelling.
  • n. A measure of land, common in Domesday Book and old English charters, the quantity of which is not well ascertained, but has been differently estimated at 80, 100, and 120 acres.
  • n. The skin of an animal, either raw or dressed; -- generally applied to the undressed skins of the larger domestic animals, as oxen, horses, etc.
  • n. The human skin; -- so called in contempt.
  • transitive v. To flog; to whip.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To conceal from sight; prevent from being seen; cover up: as, to hide one's face; to hide a stain or a scar.
  • To conceal from discovery; secrete; put in a place of security or safety: as, to hide money.
  • To conceal from knowledge or cognizance; keep secret; hold back from avowal or disclosure; suppress: as, to hide one's feelings.
  • To withdraw; withhold; turn aside or away.
  • Synonyms Secrete, etc. (see conceal); screen, cover, cloak, veil, shroud, mask, disguise, suppress, dissemble.
  • To withdraw from sight; lie concealed; keep one's self out of view.
  • n. The skin of an animal, especially of one of the larger animals: as, the hide of a calf; the thick hide of a rhinoceros.
  • n. An animal's skin stripped from its body and used as a material for leather or in other ways: as, a raw hide; a dressed hide; in the leather trade, specifically, the skin of a large animal, as an ox or a horse, as distiuguished from Kips, which are the skins of small or yearling cattle, and skins, which are those of smaller animals, as calves, sheep, goats, seals, etc.
  • n. The human skin: now in a derogatory sense.
  • n. Synonyms Pelt, etc. See skin, n.
  • To cover with or as with hide.
  • To beat; flog; thrash.
  • n. In old English law, a holding of land, the allotment of one tenant; a portion of land considered to be sufficient for the support of one family, but varying in extent in every district according to local custom and the quality of the soil, hence variously estimated at 60, 80, and 100 acres, or more.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. body covering of a living animal
  • v. be or go into hiding; keep out of sight, as for protection and safety
  • v. prevent from being seen or discovered
  • v. cover as if with a shroud
  • v. make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
  • n. the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal)

Etymologies

Middle English hiden, from Old English hȳdan; .
Middle English, from Old English hȳd.
Middle English, from Old English hīd.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English hiden, huden, from Old English hȳdan ("to hide, conceal, preserve"), from Proto-Germanic *hūdijanan (“to conceal”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keudh- (“to cover, wrap, encase”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu- (“to cover”). Cognate with Low German (ver)hüden, (ver)hüen ("to hide, cover, conceal"), Welsh cuddio ("to hide"), Ancient Greek κεύθω (keúthô, "to conceal"), Sanskrit  (kuharam, "a cave"). Related to hut and sky. (Wiktionary)
From Old English hȳd, from Proto-Germanic *hūdiz (cf. West Frisian hûd, Dutch huid, German Haut), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu-t- 'skin, hide' (cf. Welsh cwd ("scrotum"), Latin cutis ("skin"), Lithuanian kutys ("purse, money-belt"), Ancient Greek κύτος (kýtos, "hollow vessel"), σκῦτος (skŷtos, "cover, hide"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu-, 'to cover'. More at sky. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English hide, from Old English hīd, hȳd, hīġed, hīġid ("a measure of land"), for earlier *hīwid (“the amount of land needed to support one family”), a derivative of Proto-Germanic *hīwaz, *hīwō (“relative, fellow-lodger, family”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱei- (“to lie with, store, be familiar”). Related to Old English hīwisc ("hide of land, household"), Old English hīwan ("members of a family, household"). More at hewe, hind. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "You will turn your face to the wall, say good-bye to those who you thought were your friends, build a high fence around you and hide -- _hide_ from the world and everything!"

    Heart of Gold

  • For down to the comparatively late date at which our homilies were put together, the hide of Ciaran's Dun was evidently preserved _as a hide_, on or under which a dying man could lie: therefore it cannot have been made into a book.

    The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran Translations Of Christian Literature. Series V. Lives Of The Celtic Saints

  • Cancelled Presidential debates smack of manipulation by 'run and hide' candidates yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Cancelled Presidential debates smack of manipulation by \'run and hide\' candidates '; yahooBuzzArticleSummary =' Article: "I\'m prepared to discuss the war, health care, trade, or any other issue anytime, anywhere, with any audience, answering any question from any media.

    Cancelled Presidential debates smack of manipulation by 'run and hide' candidates

  • You will turn your face to the wall, say good-bye to those who you thought were your friends, build a high fence around yourself and hide -- _hide_ from the world and everything! "

    The Lilac Lady

  • IV. vi.169 (454.5) Robes and furr'd gowns hide all] From _hide all_ to

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

  • That he wants to step up, believes that previous administrations would play a game of what they call hide the ball, not tell the American people exactly what went wrong, shift responsibility.

    CNN Transcript Jan 7, 2010

  • My first thought was that it was some sort of translation issue -- either H-I-D-E is a perfectly reasonable thing to put on a sign like this in some other language and it's just a coincidence it's spelled like the English word "hide," or the people making it got a really bad translator who chose "hide" to translate whatever sort of warning they were intending to convey.

    Things that crack me up #48

  • I'm one South Carolinian who now wishes to hide from the rest of my nation for the leaders who can somehow still make the news.

    GOP congressman heckles Obama during health-care speech

  • A friend showed me the hide from a deer he took with a 2-blade.

    this seems to be a big debate . Is the rage 2 or 3 blade the better option.

  • As I sat beside Maina in the vehicle's front seat, trying to hide from the equatorial heat, it was the second time we'd indulged the beasts that day.

    Rush Hour on the Masai Mara

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  • Contronymic in the sense: surface (e.g., cowhide) vs. hidden inside.

    January 27, 2007