noun, plural hose for 2, 3; hoses for 1, 4, 5; (Archaic) hosen [hoh-zuhn] .
a flexible tube for conveying a liquid, as water, to a desired point: a garden hose; a fire hose.
(used with a plural verb) an article of clothing for the foot and lower part of the leg; stocking or sock.
an article of clothing for the leg, extending from about the knee to the ankle and worn with knee breeches.
(used with a plural verb) knee breeches.
(used with a plural verb) tights, as were worn with, and usually attached to, a doublet.
British Dialect. a sheath, or sheathing part, as that enclosing a kernel of grain.
Golf. hosel.
verb (used with object), hosed, hosing.
to water, wash, spray, or drench by means of a hose (often followed by down ): to hose the garden; to hose down the ship's deck.
to cheat, trick, or take advantage of.
to defeat decisively.
to reject.
Chiefly Military. to attack or assault (an area) in order to gain control quickly (sometimes followed by down ).

before 1100; (noun) Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch hoos, Old Norse hosa, German Hose; (v.) Middle English: to provide with hose, derivative of the noun

hoseless, adjective
hoselike, adjective
unhosed, adjective
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hose1 (həʊz)
1.  a flexible pipe, for conveying a liquid or gas
2.  (sometimes foll by down) to wash, water, or sprinkle (a person or thing) with or as if with a hose
[C15: later use of hose²]

hose2 (həʊz)
n , pl hose, hosen
1.  stockings, socks, and tights collectively
2.  history a man's garment covering the legs and reaching up to the waist; worn with a doublet
3.  half-hose socks
[Old English hosa; related to Old High German hosa, Dutch hoos, Old Norse hosa]

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Word Origin & History

c.1100, hosa "covering for the leg," from P.Gmc. *khusan (cf. O.N. hosa, M.H.G. hose "covering for the leg," Ger. Hose "trousers"), lit. "covering," from PIE *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)). O.Fr. hose is of Gmc. origin. Sense of "flexible rubber tube for liquid"
is first attested 1497. Hosiery is first recorded 1790, from M.E. hosier "hose-maker" (1403). The verb meaning "to water down with a hose" is from 1889.
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Computing Dictionary

hosed definition

A somewhat humorous variant of "down", used primarily by Unix hackers. "Hosed" implies a condition thought to be relatively easy to reverse. It is also widely used of people in the mainstream sense of "in an extremely unfortunate situation". The term was popularised by fighter pilots refering to being hosed by machine gun fire (date?). Usage in hackerdom dates back to CMU in the 1970s or earlier.
"Acronyms and Abbreviations" from UCC, Ireland (http://ucc.ie/cgi-bin/acronym) expands it as "Hardware Or Software Error Detected", though this is probably a back-formation.
The Jargon File version 4.1.4 1999-06-17 says that it was probably derived from the Canadian slang "hoser" (meaning "a man, esp. one who works at a job that uses physical rather than mental skills and whose habits are slightly offensive but amusing").
One correspondant speculates about an allusion to a hose-like body part.
Once upon a time, a Cray that had been experiencing periodic difficulties crashed, and it was announced to have been hosed. It was discovered that the crash was due to the disconnection of some coolant hoses. The problem was corrected, and users were then assured that everything was OK because the system had been rehosed. See also dehose.
See also: hose.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Bible Dictionary

Hose definition

(Dan. 3:21), a tunic or undergarment.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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