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.
Herd a. Haired. [Obs.]
Herd, n. One who herds or assembles domestic animals; a herdsman; -- much used in composition; as, a shepherd; a goatherd, and the like.
Herd, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Herded; p. pr. & vb. n. Herding.]
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.]
Herd, v. t. To form or put into a 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 animals 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]
v 1: cause to herd, drive, or crowd together; "We herded the
children into a spare classroom" [syn: crowd]
2: move together, like a herd
3: keep, move, or drive animals; "Who will be herding the
cattle when the cowboy dies?"
Gen. 13:5; Deut. 7:14. (See CATTLE.)