herd definition

  • noun:
    • A group of cattle or any other domestic pets of one sort held collectively for a particular function.
    • Many wild animals of one species that continue to be collectively as an organization: a herd of elephants.
    • Many men and women; a crowd: a herd of stranded individuals.
    • The multitude of common individuals thought to be a mass: "It Will Be The luxurious and dissipated just who put the fashions that the herd so diligently followā€¯ ( Henry David Thoreau). See Synonyms at flock1.
    • Someone who keeps a small grouping of domestic pets; a herdsman.
    • Many beasts put together collectively; ; a particular stock or category of cattle.
    • A crowd of reasonable individuals; a rabble.
    • One who herds or assembles domestic pets; a herdsman; -- much used in composition
    • Many creatures feeding or driven together; a drove; a flock: commonly used associated with the larger pets, such cows, oxen, horses, asses (cattle), deer, camels, elephants, whales, etc., and quite often of tiny cattle, as sheep, hogs, etc., as well as in falconry and fowling of wild birds, as swans, cranes, and curlews.
    • In a disparaging good sense, an organization of males or individuals; a rabble; a mob: as, the vulgar herd.
    • A herdsman; a keeper of cattle; a shepherd; ergo, a keeper of any domestic creatures: now unusual in the easy kind (except in Scotland), but typical in structure, like in cowherd, goatherd, gooseherd, shepherd, swineherd.
    • a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished people or things
    • a team of crazy animals of 1 species that remain collectively: antelope or elephants or seals or whales or zebra
    • several cattle or sheep or any other domestic mammals the same kind which are herded by humans
  • verb-intransitive:
    • ahead collectively in a herd: The sheep herded for warmth.
    • To unite or connect in a herd; to give or operate together, or in organization.
    • To connect; to ally your self with, or place your self among, a bunch or company.
    • To act as a herdsman or a shepherd.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To gather, hold, or drive (pets) in a herd.
    • To tend (sheep or cattle).
    • to assemble and place into a bunch or mass: herded the kids to the auditorium.
    • to make or put into a herd.
  • verb:
    • To unite or associate in a herd; to feed or operate together, or perhaps in organization.
    • To associate; to ally a person's self with, or place your self among, a bunch or organization.
    • to behave as a herdsman or a shepherd.
    • to make or put in a herd.
    • cause to herd, drive, or group collectively
    • continue, move, or drive pets
    • move together, like a herd
  • adjective:
    • Haired.
  • others:
    • going in a herd; congregate as beasts; feed or run-in droves.
    • To connect; unite in soldiers or businesses; be among any faction, party, or set: used in a more or less derogatory or sinister feeling.
    • to make into or just as if into a herd.
    • to deal with or tend, as cattle.
    • to behave as a herd or shepherd; have a tendency cattle and take proper care of a flock.
    • An obsolete spelling of heard, preterit and previous participle of hear.
    • An obsolete form of haired.

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