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NOUN (3)

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;
- Example: "his brilliance raised him above the ruck"
- Example: "the children resembled a fairy herd"
[syn: ruck, herd]


VERB (3)

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

2. move together, like a herd;

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


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Herd \Herd\, n. [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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Herd \Herd\, v. i. [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. [1913 Webster] 2. To associate; to ally one's self with, or place one's self among, a group or company. [1913 Webster] I'll herd among his friends, and seem One of the number. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 3. To act as a herdsman or a shepherd. [Scot.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Herd \Herd\ (h[~e]rd), a. Haired. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Herd \Herd\ (h[~e]rd), n. [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.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea. --Gray. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. A crowd of low people; a rabble. [1913 Webster] But far more numerous was the herd of such Who think too little and who talk too much. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] You can never interest the common herd in the abstract question. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster] Herd's grass (Bot.), one of several species of grass, highly esteemed for hay. See under Grass. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Herd \Herd\, v. t. To form or put into a herd. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

herd n 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] v 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?"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

82 Moby Thesaurus words for "herd": Gyropilot, army, assemblage, assemble, automatic pilot, boatheader, boatsteerer, bunch, cage, cicerone, cluster, collect, collection, colony, congregate, corral, courier, cowherd, coxswain, crowd, crush, dragoman, drift, drive, drove, drover, flock, gam, gang, gather, gather together, goad, goatherd, group, guide, guidepost, guider, helmsman, herdsman, hoi polloi, hold the reins, horde, host, kennel, lash, litter, mass, masses, mercury, multitude, navigator, pack, pilot, pod, pointer, press, prick, pride, punch cattle, rabble, ride herd on, river pilot, round up, run, school, shepherd, shoal, skulk, sloth, spur, steer, steerer, steersman, swarm, take the helm, throng, tour director, tour guide, trip, troop, whip, wrangle
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Herd Gen. 13:5; Deut. 7:14. (See CATTLE.)