Definitions

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

  • n. The back of a horse.
  • n. A natural ridge; a hogback.
  • adv. On the back of a horse: rode horseback to town; horseback riding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The back of a horse.
  • n. A ridge of sand, gravel, and boulders.
  • adv. On the back of a horse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The back of a horse.
  • n. An extended ridge of sand, gravel, and boulders, in a half-stratified condition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The back of a horse, particularly that part of the back on which the rider sits: used generally in the phrase on horseback, often abbreviated to horseback, and used adverbially.
  • n. A low and somewhat sharp ridge of sand or gravel; also, but not generally, a ridge of rock which rises for a short distance with a sharp edge: a common term in New England, especially in Maine. Also called hogback, hog's-back, and boar's-back. Such ridges are called by Scotch geologists kames, by the Irish eskars.
  • On the back of a horse: as, to ride horseback. See horseback, n., 1.

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

  • adv. on the back of a horse
  • n. the back of a horse
  • n. a narrow ridge of hills

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Examples

  • Today, in Santander, where I just visited, the final statue of Franco on horseback is being taken down.

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  • Tinker's Horsefeathers Lodge specializes in horseback hunts for prairie grouse and pheasants.

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  • My daughter's interest in horseback riding came naturally.

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  • Discovering the park on horseback is also an option.

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  • She could envision his ancestors, wrapped in wolf skins and beaten metal corselets, descending on horseback from the Chinese steppes, snowy wind at their backs, to raid the villages of the plains.

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  • There was nothing highfalutin about her company manners -- it was by this homely phrase that he differentiated this Dede on horseback from the Dede with the office manners whom he had always known.

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  • The central figure on horseback is General Blenker.

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  • The leaders had no difficulty; but when the reckless crowd arrived – for a Persian on horseback is thoroughly reckless – every one pressing forward, despite of kicking and fighting horses, the confusion and uproar may be imagined.

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  • At this instant, so critical for the prospect of both ladies, old Alice came into the room with a note that a groom had brought on horseback from the Hollows, with orders to wait for an answer.

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  • Hunting and chasing them on horseback is a favorite amusement of both whites and Indians, and is attended with no great danger, for a good horse will easily avoid and outstrip them; but daring hunters, by charging too close upon them, have had their horses caught and frightfully lacerated before they could extricate them, which is only effected by leaving portions of their bodies in the claws and teeth of the bear.

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