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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Herd \Herd\, noun [OE. hirde, herde, heorde, AS. hirde, hyrde, heorde; akin to G. hirt, hirte, OHG. hirti, Icel. hir?ir, Sw. herde, Dan. hyrde, Goth. ha['i]rdeis. See 2d {Herd}.] One who herds or assembles domestic animals; a herdsman; -- much used in composition; as, a shepherd; a goatherd, and the like. --Chaucer.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Herd \Herd\ (h[~e]rd), adjective Haired. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Herd \Herd\ (h[~e]rd), noun [OE. herd, heord, AS. heord; akin to OHG. herta, G. herde, Icel. hj["o]r[eth], Sw. hjord, Dan. hiord, Goth. ha['i]rda; cf. Skr. [,c]ardha troop, host.]

1. A number of beasts assembled together; as, a herd of horses, oxen, cattle, camels, elephants, deer, or swine; a particular stock or family of cattle.

The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea. --Gray.

Note: Herd is distinguished from flock, as being chiefly applied to the larger animals. A number of cattle, when driven to market, is called a drove.

2. A crowd of low people; a rabble.

But far more numerous was the herd of such Who think too little and who talk too much. --Dryden.

You can never interest the common herd in the abstract question. --Coleridge.

{Herd's grass} (Bot.), one of several species of grass, highly esteemed for hay. See under {Grass}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Herd \Herd\, verb (used without an object) [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.

2. To associate; to ally one's self with, or place one's self among, a group or company.

I'll herd among his friends, and seem One of the number. --Addison.

3. To act as a herdsman or a shepherd. [Scot.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Herd \Herd\, verb (used with an object) To form or put into a herd.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

herd

noun

1: a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humans

2: a group of wild mammals of one species that remain together: antelope or elephants or seals or whales or zebra

3: a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things; "his brilliance raised him above the ruck"; "the children resembled a fairy herd" [syn: {ruck}, {herd}]

verb

1: cause to herd, drive, or crowd together; "We herded the children into a spare classroom" [syn: {herd}, {crowd}]

2: move together, like a herd

3: keep, move, or drive animals; "Who will be herding the cattle when the cowboy dies?"


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