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hose,

covering for the legs and feet. In the Middle Ages the leg was bound from the ankle to the knee with hides or cloth and then cross-gartered with thongs or strips of cloth; later a loose trouser, bound at the ankle, was worn. As the lower legs of the trousers became more fitted, they were called breeches, and as the breeches were shortened to the knee, fitted cloths called hose (also known by the French chausses) were worn. By the 12th cent. feet were added to the hose. As breeches grew shorter, hose became longer; by c.1450 the hose reached the hips and were attached by points (laces) to the doublet. By c.1490 the breeches and hose formed one garment; thus tights were first known. Silk and velvet were used, as was wool, and color became extravagant. The tights were multicolored and often each leg was in a contrasting color. As the upper part of the hose became more decorated and puffed out, a separation occurred (c.1500); the upper part was called trunk hose, and the leg coverings were for the first time called stockings and recognized as a separate accessory of dress. Knitted hose were first known in Scotland (1499); in France, Henry II is said to have worn (c.1559) the first knitted silk hose. Knitting thereafter became general, and machines came into use after 1589. Colored and embroidered hose were worn in the 17th cent., though white silk was the fashion. In the 17th cent. the decorative boot hose of the cavalier were of white linen and lace. Cotton came into use after 1680. Nylon, because of its strength and elasticity, became the leading hosiery fiber after World War II. In the 1960s women began to wear pantyhose, a one-piece garment that extends from waist to feet. As men's trousers grew longer their stockings grew shorter, and the word sock came into use. Women's hose, although hidden until modern times by their long skirts, have always been an important part of their costume.

Bibliography

See M. N. Grass, History of Hosiery (1956).

What does it mean when you dream about a hose?

A hose is an obvious phallic symbol. Hoses are also used for washing and for watering (i.e., nurturing something that is growing), and a dream about hoses can reflect either meaning. Also note the slang meaning of “hosed”—namely, being cheated.

hose

[hōz]
(design engineering)
Flexible tube used for conveying fluids.

hose

(1)
To make non-functional or greatly degraded in performance. "That big ray-tracing program really hoses the system." See hosed.

hose

(2)
A narrow channel through which data flows under pressure. Generally denotes data paths that represent performance bottlenecks.

hose

(3)
Cabling, especially thick Ethernet cable. This is sometimes called "bit hose" or "hosery" (a play on "hosiery") or "etherhose". See also washing machine.
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To replace either the female or the male connections you simply cut the hose with a utility knife as close to the old connector as you can.
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Loosen the upper hose for each forward lift cylinder.
The company say that when combined with established hose inspection, registration and/or testing services, they are able to provide detailed costings for either replacing or refurbishing every hose assembly at a particular customer site.
Conductive film furnishes static-dissipation, said to be critical in chemical hose or refuse-sorting conveyor belt applications.
Firefighters can carry about 300 feet of hose on their backs, but once it's extended, it would make sense to have a helicopter drop off additional hose rather than having firefighters running up and down steep, rocky terrain, said fire spokesman Capt.
Therefore, cut hoses slightly longer than needed to compensate for contraction (Fig.
Both hoses have an oil-resistant nitrile rubber inner tube for hydraulic fluid compatibility.