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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.
References in classic literature ?
Put down that hose," he shouted; "put down that hose and go to your--"
He made a wavering half-turn of apology towards the gardener, with the hose still spouting in his hand.
He stood with his head forward for a moment as if looking or listening; and then set off at a trot towards the tower, still trailing the hose behind him.
The sign of the flaming tower," said Father Brown, and sent the driving water from his hose into the heart of the red patch.
After that he resisted no more, and was washed out and scrubbed out and cleansed out with the hose, a big bristly brush, and much carbolic soap, the lather of which got into and stung his eyes and nose, causing him to weep copiously and sneeze violently.
A second witness testified to having seen him wearing "a blue coat with silver buttons, a red waistcoat, black shag breeches, tartan hose, and a feathered hat, with a big coat, dun coloured," a costume referred to by one of the counsel as "French cloathes which were remarkable.
There being now a great many parties in the streets, each went to work according to its humour, and a dozen houses were quickly blazing, including those of Sir John Fielding and two other justices, and four in Holborn--one of the greatest thoroughfares in London--which were all burning at the same time, and burned until they went out of themselves, for the people cut the engine hose, and would not suffer the firemen to play upon the flames.
We rigged the force pump, got the hose along, and by-and-by it burst.
Lot 2) Framework agreement in the form of a value contract for the supply of the current demand for prefabricated tubes (made of tubes according to customer specifications in special length and complete with attached coupling), anything else can Industriebedarf (hoses, hose couplings, hose fittings, hose clamps, plastic semi-finished products in various models, other compressed air - and machine accessories and anything else industrial supplies, which the customer holds in inventories), on demand in subsets.
Currently, hydraulic rubber hoses are witnessing high demand from the construction and industrial sectors.
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