Definition of Hearse

1. Noun. A vehicle for carrying a coffin to a church or a cemetery; formerly drawn by horses but now usually a motor vehicle.




Definition of Hearse

1. n. A hind in the second year of its age.

2. n. A framework of wood or metal placed over the coffin or tomb of a deceased person, and covered with a pall; also, a temporary canopy bearing wax lights and set up in a church, under which the coffin was placed during the funeral ceremonies.

3. v. t. To inclose in a hearse; to entomb.

Definition of Hearse

1. Noun. A hind in the second year of its age. ¹

2. Noun. A framework of wood or metal placed over the coffin or tomb of a deceased person, and covered with a pall; also, a temporary canopy bearing wax lights and set up in a church, under which the coffin was placed during the funeral ceremonies. ¹

3. Noun. A grave, coffin, tomb, or sepulchral monument. ¹

4. Noun. A bier or handbarrow for conveying the dead to the grave. ¹

5. Noun. A carriage or vehicle specially adapted or used for transporting a dead person to the place of funeral or to the grave. ¹

6. Verb. (dated) To enclose in a hearse; to entomb. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hearse

1. to transport in a hearse (a vehicle for conveying corpses) [v HEARSED, HEARSING, HEARSES]

Medical Definition of Hearse

1. 1. A framework of wood or metal placed over the coffin or tomb of a deceased person, and covered with a pall; also, a temporary canopy bearing wax lights and set up in a church, under which the coffin was placed during the funeral ceremonies. 2. A grave, coffin, tomb, or sepulchral monument. "Underneath this marble hearse." "Beside the hearse a fruitful palm tree grows." (Fairfax) "Who lies beneath this sculptured hearse." (Longfellow) 3. A bier or handbarrow for conveying the dead to the grave. "Set down, set down your honorable load, It honor may be shrouded in a hearse." (Shak) 4. A carriage specially adapted or used for conveying the dead to the grave. See: Herse. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hearse

hearken
hearken back
hearkened
hearkener
hearkeners
hearkenest
hearkeneth
hearkening
hearkens
hears
hearsal
hearsay
hearsay evidence
hearsay rule
hearsays
hearse (current term)
hearsecloth
hearsecloths
hearsed
hearselike
hearses
hearsier
hearsiest
hearsing
hearsome
hearsomeness
hearsy
heart
heart's-ease

Literary usage of Hearse

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1. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1905)
"their insurance and their hearse, because of tbe plaintiff's removal ... The plaintiff, in reply, admits that tbe defendants were tlie owners of the hearse, ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"FUNERAL hearse AT THE DIRGE IN WESTMINSTER ABBET mu ABBOT Isi ir principal object, but which it reaches only in and through the Heart of flesh, ..."

3. Archaeologia, Or, Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to Antiquity by Society of Antiquaries of London (1812)
"... and of the Earl of Leicester, upon the Contest between the Officers of Arms and the Dean and Prebendaries of Westminster, concerning the hearse of the ..."

4. Roads by Grace Fallow Norton (1916)
"THE PLUMES UPON THE hearse OF MY HEART THE plumes upon the hearse of my heart Were black as all the night, But seeing them my soul's wild art Said, " See ! ..."

5. A History of Parliamentary Elections and Electioneering: From the Stuarts to by Joseph Grego (1892)
"The procession and hearse (the driver is exclaiming "Wilkes and Liberty") are ... The hearse with the placards is succeeded by a coach bearing on the roof a ..."

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