1. Zool. A variety of the domestic dog, usually having large, drooping ears, esp. one which hunts game by scent, as the foxhound, bloodhound, deerhound, but also used for various breeds of fleet hunting dogs, as the greyhound, boarhound, etc.
Hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels, curs. --Shak.
2. A despicable person. “Boy! false hound!”
3. Zool. A houndfish.
4. pl. Naut. Projections at the masthead, serving as a support for the trestletrees and top to rest on.
5. A side bar used to strengthen portions of the running gear of a vehicle.
To follow the hounds, to hunt with hounds.
Hound, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hounded; p. pr. & vb. n. Hounding.]
1. To set on the chase; to incite to pursuit; as, to hounda dog at a hare; to hound on pursuers.
2. To hunt or chase with hounds, or as with hounds.
n 1: any of several breeds of dog used for hunting typically
having large drooping ears [syn: hound dog]
2: someone who is morally reprehensible; "you dirty dog" [syn:
cad, bounder, blackguard, dog, heel]
v : pursue or chase relentlessly; "The hunters traced the deer
into the woods"; "the detectives hounded the suspect
until they found the him" [syn: hunt, trace]