Horse vs. Knight - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Horse and Knight is that the Horse is a domesticated (work) animal and Knight is a person granted an honorary title by a monarch or other political leader.

Wikipedia

  • Horse

    The horse (Equus ferus caballus) is one of two extant subspecies of Equus ferus. It is an odd-toed ungulate mammal belonging to the taxonomic family Equidae. The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature, Eohippus, into the large, single-toed animal of today. Humans began domesticating horses around 4000 BC, and their domestication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC. Horses in the subspecies caballus are domesticated, although some domesticated populations live in the wild as feral horses. These feral populations are not true wild horses, as this term is used to describe horses that have never been domesticated, such as the endangered Przewalski's horse, a separate subspecies, and the only remaining true wild horse. There is an extensive, specialized vocabulary used to describe equine-related concepts, covering everything from anatomy to life stages, size, colors, markings, breeds, locomotion, and behavior. Horses' anatomy enables them to make use of speed to escape predators and they have a well-developed sense of balance and a strong fight-or-flight response. Related to this need to flee from predators in the wild is an unusual trait: horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down, with younger horses tending to sleep significantly more than adults. Female horses, called mares, carry their young for approximately 11 months, and a young horse, called a foal, can stand and run shortly following birth. Most domesticated horses begin training under saddle or in harness between the ages of two and four. They reach full adult development by age five, and have an average lifespan of between 25 and 30 years. Horse breeds are loosely divided into three categories based on general temperament: spirited "hot bloods" with speed and endurance; "cold bloods", such as draft horses and some ponies, suitable for slow, heavy work; and "warmbloods", developed from crosses between hot bloods and cold bloods, often focusing on creating breeds for specific riding purposes, particularly in Europe. There are more than 300 breeds of horse in the world today, developed for many different uses. Horses and humans interact in a wide variety of sport competitions and non-competitive recreational pursuits, as well as in working activities such as police work, agriculture, entertainment, and therapy. Horses were historically used in warfare, from which a wide variety of riding and driving techniques developed, using many different styles of equipment and methods of control. Many products are derived from horses, including meat, milk, hide, hair, bone, and pharmaceuticals extracted from the urine of pregnant mares. Humans provide domesticated horses with food, water and shelter, as well as attention from specialists such as veterinarians and farriers.

  • Knight

    A knight is a person granted an honorary title of knighthood by a monarch, bishop or other political leader for service to the monarch or a Christian church, especially in a military capacity. Historically, in Europe, knighthood was conferred upon mounted warriors. During the High Middle Ages, knighthood was considered a class of lower nobility. By the Late Middle Ages, the rank had become associated with the ideals of chivalry, a code of conduct for the perfect courtly Christian warrior. Often, a knight was a vassal who served as an elite fighter, a bodyguard or a mercenary for a lord, with payment in the form of land holdings. The lords trusted the knights, who were skilled in battle on horseback. Knighthood in the Middle Ages was closely linked with horsemanship (and especially the joust) from its origins in the 12th century until its final flowering as a fashion among the high nobility in the Duchy of Burgundy in the 15th century. This linkage is reflected in the etymology of chivalry, cavalier and related terms (see Etymology section below). The special prestige accorded to mounted warriors in Christendom finds a parallel in the furusiyya in the Muslim world, and the Greek hippeus (ἱππεύς) and Roman eques of classical antiquity.In the late medieval period, new methods of warfare began to render classical knights in armour obsolete, but the titles remained in many nations. Today, a number of orders of knighthood continue to exist in Christian Churches, as well as in several historically Christian countries and their former territories, such as the Roman Catholic Order of the Holy Sepulchre, the Protestant Order of Saint John, as well as the English Order of the Garter, the Swedish Royal Order of the Seraphim, and the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. Each of these orders has its own criteria for eligibility, but knighthood is generally granted by a head of state, monarch, or prelate to selected persons to recognise some meritorious achievement, as in the British honours system, often for service to the Church or country. The modern female equivalent in the United Kingdom is Dame. Historically, the ideals of chivalry were popularized in medieval literature, particularly the literary cycles known as the Matter of France, relating to the legendary companions of Charlemagne, and the Matter of Britain, relating to the legend of King Arthur.

Wiktionary

  • Horse (noun)

    Any of several animals related to Equus ferus caballus.

  • Horse (noun)

    A riding and draft work.

    "A cowboy's greatest friend is his horse."

  • Horse (noun)

    Any current or extinct animal of the family Equidae, including the zebra or the ass.

    "These bone features, distinctive in the zebra, are actually present in all horses."

  • Horse (noun)

    Cavalry soldiers (sometimes capitalized when referring to an official category).

    "We should place two units of horse and one of foot on this side of the field."

    "All the King's horses and all the King's men, couldn't put Humpty together again."

  • Horse (noun)

    The chess piece representing a knight, depicted as a horse.

    "Now just remind me how the horse moves again?"

  • Horse (noun)

    A large person.

    "Every linebacker they have is a real horse."

  • Horse (noun)

    Equipment with legs.

  • Horse (noun)

    A timber frame shaped like a horse, which soldiers were made to ride for punishment.

  • Horse (noun)

    In gymnastics, a piece of equipment with a body on two or four legs, approximately four feet high, sometimes (pommel horse) with two handles on top .

    "She's scored very highly with the parallel bars; let's see how she does with the horse."

  • Horse (noun)

    Type of equipment.

  • Horse (noun)

    A frame with legs, used to support something.

    "a clothes horse; a sawhorse"

  • Horse (noun)

    A rope stretching along a yard, upon which men stand when reefing or furling the sails; footrope.

  • Horse (noun)

    A breastband for a leadsman.

  • Horse (noun)

    An iron bar for a sheet traveller to slide upon.

  • Horse (noun)

    A mass of earthy matter, or rock of the same character as the wall rock, occurring in the course of a vein, as of coal or ore; hence, to take horse (said of a vein) is to divide into branches for a distance.

  • Horse (noun)

    The sedative, antidepressant, and anxiolytic drug morphine, chiefly when used illicitly.

  • Horse (noun)

    An informal variant of basketball in which players match shots made by their opponent(s), each miss adding a letter to the word "horse", with 5 misses spelling the whole word and eliminating a player, until only the winner is left. Also HORSE, H-O-R-S-E or H.O.R.S.E. (see H-O-R-S-E).

  • Horse (noun)

    A translation or other illegitimate aid in study or examination.

  • Horse (noun)

    horseplay; tomfoolery

  • Horse (noun)

    Heroin drug.

    "Alright, mate, got any horse?"

  • Horse (verb)

    To frolic, to act mischievously. (Usually followed by "around".)

  • Horse (verb)

    To provide with a horse.

  • Horse (verb)

    To get on horseback.

  • Horse (verb)

    To sit astride of; to bestride.

  • Horse (verb)

    To copulate with (a mare).

  • Horse (verb)

    To take or carry on the back.

  • Horse (verb)

    To place on the back of another person, or on a wooden horse, etc., to be flogged; to subject to such punishment.

  • Knight (noun)

    A warrior, especially of the Middle Ages.

    "King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table"

  • Knight (noun)

    A young servant or follower; a military attendant.

  • Knight (noun)

    Nowadays, a person on whom a knighthood has been conferred by a monarch.

  • Knight (noun)

    A chess piece, often in the shape of a horse's head, that is moved two squares in one direction and one at right angles to that direction in a single move, leaping over any intervening pieces.

  • Knight (noun)

    A playing card bearing the figure of a knight; the knave or jack.

  • Knight (verb)

    To confer knighthood upon.

    "The king knighted the young squire."

  • Knight (verb)

    To promote (a pawn) to a knight.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Horse (noun)

    a large plant-eating domesticated mammal with solid hoofs and a flowing mane and tail, used for riding, racing, and to carry and pull loads.

  • Horse (noun)

    an adult male horse; a stallion or gelding.

  • Horse (noun)

    a wild mammal of the horse family.

  • Horse (noun)

    cavalry

    "forty horse and sixty foot"

  • Horse (noun)

    a frame or structure on which something is mounted or supported, especially a sawhorse.

  • Horse (noun)

    a horizontal bar, rail, or rope in the rigging of a sailing ship.

  • Horse (noun)

    short for vaulting horse

  • Horse (noun)

    a unit of horsepower

    "a 63-horse engine"

  • Horse (noun)

    heroin.

  • Horse (noun)

    an obstruction in a vein.

  • Horse (verb)

    provide (a person or vehicle) with a horse or horses

    "six men, horsed, masked, and armed"

Webster Dictionary

  • Horse (noun)

    A hoofed quadruped of the genus Equus; especially, the domestic horse (Equus caballus), which was domesticated in Egypt and Asia at a very early period. It has six broad molars, on each side of each jaw, with six incisors, and two canine teeth, both above and below. The mares usually have the canine teeth rudimentary or wanting. The horse differs from the true asses, in having a long, flowing mane, and the tail bushy to the base. Unlike the asses it has callosities, or chestnuts, on all its legs. The horse excels in strength, speed, docility, courage, and nobleness of character, and is used for drawing, carrying, bearing a rider, and like purposes.

  • Horse (noun)

    The male of the genus Equus, in distinction from the female or male; usually, a castrated male.

  • Horse (noun)

    Mounted soldiery; cavalry; - used without the plural termination; as, a regiment of horse; - distinguished from foot.

  • Horse (noun)

    A frame with legs, used to support something; as, a clotheshorse, a sawhorse, etc.

  • Horse (noun)

    A frame of timber, shaped like a horse, on which soldiers were made to ride for punishment.

  • Horse (noun)

    Anything, actual or figurative, on which one rides as on a horse; a hobby.

  • Horse (noun)

    A mass of earthy matter, or rock of the same character as the wall rock, occurring in the course of a vein, as of coal or ore; hence, to take horse - said of a vein - is to divide into branches for a distance.

  • Horse (noun)

    See Footrope, a.

  • Horse (noun)

    A translation or other illegitimate aid in study or examination; - called also trot, pony, Dobbin.

  • Horse (noun)

    heroin.

  • Horse (noun)

    horsepower.

  • Horse

    To provide with a horse, or with horses; to mount on, or as on, a horse.

  • Horse

    To sit astride of; to bestride.

  • Horse

    To mate with (a mare); - said of the male.

  • Horse

    To take or carry on the back; as, the keeper, horsing a deer.

  • Horse

    To place on the back of another, or on a wooden horse, etc., to be flogged; to subject to such punishment.

  • Horse (verb)

    To get on horseback.

  • Knight (noun)

    A young servant or follower; a military attendant.

  • Knight (noun)

    In feudal times, a man-at-arms serving on horseback and admitted to a certain military rank with special ceremonies, including an oath to protect the distressed, maintain the right, and live a stainless life.

  • Knight (noun)

    A piece used in the game of chess, usually bearing a horse's head.

  • Knight (noun)

    A playing card bearing the figure of a knight; the knave or jack.

  • Knight

    To dub or create (one) a knight; - done in England by the sovereign only, who taps the kneeling candidate with a sword, saying: Rise, Sir --.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Horse (noun)

    solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times

  • Horse (noun)

    a padded gymnastic apparatus on legs

  • Horse (noun)

    troops trained to fight on horseback;

    "500 horse led the attack"

  • Horse (noun)

    a framework for holding wood that is being sawed

  • Horse (noun)

    a chessman in the shape of a horse's head; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)

  • Horse (verb)

    provide with a horse or horses

  • Knight (noun)

    originally a person of noble birth trained to arms and chivalry; today in Great Britain a person honored by the sovereign for personal merit

  • Knight (noun)

    a chessman in the shape of a horse's head; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)

  • Knight (verb)

    raise (someone) to knighthood;

    "The Beatles were knighted"

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