Definition of Terrier

1. Noun. Any of several usually small short-bodied breeds originally trained to hunt animals living underground.




Definition of Terrier

1. n. An auger or borer.

2. n. One of a breed of small dogs, which includes several distinct subbreeds, some of which, such as the Skye terrier and Yorkshire terrier, have long hair and drooping ears, while others, at the English and the black-and-tan terriers, have short, close, smooth hair and upright ears.

Definition of Terrier

1. Noun. A dog from a group of small, lively breeds, originally bred for the hunting of burrowing prey such as rabbits or foxes. ¹

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Definition of Terrier

1. a small, active dog [n -S]

Medical Definition of Terrier

1. 1. [F. Terrier, chien terrier, from terre the earth, L. Terra; cf. F. Terrier a burrow, LL. Terrarium a hillock (hence the sense, a mound thrown up in making a burrow, a burrow). See Terrace, and cf. Terrier, 2. One of a breed of small dogs, which includes several distinct subbreeds, some of which, such as the Skye terrier and Yorkshire terrier, have long hair and drooping ears, while others, at the English and the black-and-tan terriers, have short, close, smooth hair and upright ears. most kinds of terriers are noted for their courage, the acuteness of their sense of smell, their propensity to hunt burrowing animals, and their activity in destroying rats, etc. See Fox terrier, under Fox. 2. [F. Terrier, papier terrier, LL. Terrarius liber, i.e, a book belonging or pertaining to land or landed estates. See Terrier, 1, and cf. Terrar. Formerly, a collection of acknowledgments of the vassals or tenants of a lordship, containing the rents and services they owed to the lord, and the like. In modern usage, a book or roll in which the lands of private persons or corporations are described by their site, boundaries, number of acres, or the like. Alternative forms: terrar. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Terrier

terrestrials
terrestrious
terret
terrets
terrible
terrible twos
terribleness
terriblenesses
terribles
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terricolae
terricolous
terriculament
terriculaments
terrienniak
terrier (current term)
terrierlike
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terrific
terrifical
terrifically
terrifick
terrifie
terrified
terrifier
terrifiers
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terrify
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Literary usage of Terrier

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Manchester or Black and Tan terrier.β€” A smooth-coated terrier which has been ... Fox terrier.β€” The fox terrier is probably the most popular of all terriers. ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The most popular variety is the fox terrier, which came into fashion about 1863. ... There is also a wire-haired variety of the fox terrier. ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The most popular variety is the fox terrier, which came into fashion about 1863. ... There is also a wire-haired variety of the fox terrier. ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia of Sport by Frederick George Aflalo, Hedley Peek (1897)
"The Irish terrierβ€”It is just twenty years since the Irish terrier first obtained recognition in the Kennel Club Stud Book, and then there were only nineteen ..."

5. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1862)
"The terrier has an acute sense of smell, and B a good attendant on a pack of hounds, forcing foxes and other game from their coverts and dens; ..."

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