Dictionary: HIP, or HIP'PED – HIRE

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HIP, or HIP'PED, [n. or HIP'PISH. See HYP.]

HIP, n. [Sax. hipe, hype, hypp; G. hüfte; D. heup; Sw. höft; Dan. hofte. It coincides with heap, Sax. hype, and probably signifies a mass or lump.]

The projecting part of an animal formed by the haunch bone; the haunch, or the flesh that covers the bone and the adjacent parts; the joint of the thigh. To have on the hip, to have the advantage over one; a low phrase borrowed probably from wrestlers. Hip and thigh, complete overthrow or defeat. Judges xv.

HIP, or HOP, n.

The fruit of the dog-rose, or wild brier.

HIP, v.t.

To sprain or dislocate the hip.

HIP'HALT, a. [hip and halt.]

Lame; limping. [Obs. Gower.]


An animal of the deer kind, in Norway, about the size of the elk, and partaking of the nature of the horse and the stag. Dict. of Nat. Hist.

HIP'PO-CAMP, n. [Gr. ιπποκαμπος; ιππος, a horse, and καμπτω, to bend.]

A name given to the sea-horse. Browne.

HIP-PO-CEN'TAUR, n. [Gr. ιπποκεωταυρος; ιππος, a horse, κεντεω, to spur, and ταυρος, a bull.]

In ancient fable, a supposed monster, half man and half horse. The hippocentaur differed from the centaur in this, that the latter rode on an ox, and the former on a horse, as the name imports. Encyc.

HIP'PO-CRAS, n. [Fr. quasi, wine of Hippocrates.]

A medicinal drink, composed of wine with an infusion of spices and other ingredients; used as a cordial. That directed by the late London Dispensatory, is to be made of cloves, ginger, cinnamon and nutmegs, beat and infused in canary with sugar; to the infusion, milk, a lemon, and some slips of rosemary are to be added, and the whole strained through flannel. Encyc.

HIPPOCRATES'-SLEEVE, n. [Hippocrates' sleeve.]

A kind of bag, made by uniting the opposite angles of a square piece of flannel, used for straining sirup and decoctions. Quincy.

HIPPOCRATIC-FACE, n. [Hippocratic face; L. facies hippocratica.]

Pale, sunken, and contracted features, considered as a fatal symptom in diseases. Parr.


The philosophy of Hippocrates, as it regards medicine. Chambers.


A sea-horse. Spenser.

HIP'PO-DROME, n. [Gr. ιπποδρομος; ιππος, a horse, and δρομος, a course, from δρεμω, to run.]

Anciently, a circus, or place in which horse-races and chariot-races were performed, and horses exercised. Encyc.

HIP'PO-GRIFF, n. [Fr. hippogriffe, from Gr. ιππος, a horse, and γρυψ, a griffon.]

A fabulous animal or monster, half horse and half griffon; a winged horse, imagined by Ariosto. Johnson. Milton.

HIP'PO-LITH, n. [Gr. ιππος, a horse, and λιθος, a stone.]

A stone found in the stomach or intestines of a horse. Quincy.

HIP'PO-MANE, n. [Gr. ιππος, a horse, and μανια, madness.]

  1. A sort of poisonous substance, used anciently as a philter or love-charm. Encyc.
  2. In botany, the manchineel-tree, which abounds with a milky juice which is acrid, caustic, and poisonous. Encyc.


Feeding on horses, as the Tartars.

HIP-POPH'A-GY, n. [Gr. ιππος, a horse, and φαγω, to eat.]

The act or practice of feeding on horses. Quart. Rev.

HIP-PO-POT'A-MUS, or HIP-PO-POT'A-MY, n. [Gr. ιππος, a horse, and ποταμος, a river.]

A pachydermatous mammal allied to the elephant, having a thick and square head, a very large muzzle, small eyes and ears, thick and heavy body, short legs terminated by four toes, a short tail, two ventral dugs, skin without hair, except at the extremity of the tail. It inhabits nearly the whole of Africa. There are supposed to be two species. He has been found of the length of seventeen feet. He delights in the water, but feeds on herbage on land.

HIP'ROOF, n. [hip and roof.]

A roof that has an angle.

HIP'SHOT, a. [hip and shot.]

Having the hip dislocated. L'Estrange.


A plant.

HIRE, n. [Sax. hyre. Qu. can the Gr. κερδος, be of this family?]

  1. The price, reward, or compensation paid or contracted to be given for the temporary use of any thing.
  2. Wages; the reward or recompense paid for personal service. The laborer is worthy of his hire. Luke x.

HIRE, v.t. [Sax. hyran; D. huuren; Sw. hyra; Dan. hyrer; W. huriaw; Ch. Syr. Sam. אגר, Ar. اَجَرَ agar, to hire. Class Gr, No. 10.]

  1. To procure from another person and for temporary use, at a certain price, or for a stipulated or reasonable equivalent; as, to hire a farm for a year; to hire a horse for a day; to hire money at legal interest.
  2. To engage in service for a stipulated reward; to contract with for a compensation; as, to hire a servant for a year; to hire laborers by the day or month.
  3. To bribe; to engage in immoral or illegal service for a reward. To hire out one's self, to let; to engage one's service to another for a reward. They have hired out themselves for bread. 1 Sam. ii. To hire, or to hire out, to let; to lease; to grant the temporary use of a thing for a compensation. He has hired out his house or his farm.