garden hose

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garden hose (countable and uncountable, plural garden hoses)

  1. (uncountable) A type of hose used for light residential applications such as watering lawns or gardens, or washing and rinsing passenger vehicles, etc.
    • 1890 July 13, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, “The Grand Opera House”, in The Deseret weekly[1], volume 41, page 82:
      Mayor Scott also made himself useful, and, with a number of others, so manipulated a garden hose that the flames were prevented from spreading to the electric light buildings, which were only a few feet distant.
    • 2005, Richard Burks Verrone, Laura M. Calkins, Voices from Vietnam, David & Charles, page 172:
      I'm not sure what that reason was either, but he needed about 500 feet of garden hose. I said, "Okay, I'll trade you the garden hose for two pallets of sandbags. And I need them trucked over there to Qua Viet."
  2. (countable) A length of hose as above, usually with a male connector on one end and a female connector on the other end, which can carry water from a hose bib (a water faucet or spigot usually located on an exterior wall of a house or other building) for use on a garden or lawn.

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  • Typical lengths of garden hoses in North America are 50 or 100 feet, and are usually 1/2 inch in diameter or occasionally 5/8 inch in diameter for applications requiring heavier flow such as commercial power washing.

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  • (UK, South Africa, Southern US) hosepipe

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