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Definition a very large number — typically of people or animals/insects on the move
  • A horde of reporters descended on the small town.
horde = a large number
  • Nobody could withstand Genghis Khan and the Mongolian horde.
  • they all come bent on violence. Their hordes advance like a desert wind and gather prisoners like sand.
    Habakkuk 1:9 (NIV)
  • They are, certainly, more like a nation of saints than a horde of savages.
    Washington Irving  --  The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U.S.A., in the Rocky Mountains and the far West
  • thick, swarming hordes of mosquitoes that flocked to his body, made a living coat on his exposed skin,
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • hordes = a very large number
  • The rock against which the hordes of Asia dashed themselves in vain!
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • There is a wood spewing drab hordes that run, stumble, jump.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Hordes of angels circle the air, viewing the carnage.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • I turned to face Heath and Erik and the ghostly horde.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • Jason pulled his young trainer to the side of the stampeding hordes, never for an instant taking his eyes off the darkened parking area.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The heads swayed lower, thrusting forward like great serpents to loom over the battlefield and its huddling hordes of people.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • I was let go, only to stagger on the cellar steps, the horde of them behind me and in front of me, pushing me with menacing hands.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Some hordes of Indians are also found there, but in no great numbers.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Nothing wrong with race suicide and the incoming horde of foreigners?
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Again—the glorious defense to the death of the Alamo against the hordes of Santa Anna is a fact.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • For the briefest second, Max saw hordes of gaunt, starving creatures closing in upon them.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • He was going back to Sam, back to fight the horde of bloodthirsty newborn vampires.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Loud creaks and groans announced a whole horde of Gladers running to the first floor.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • But your uncle is lord of a horde of wild robbers, and if I feed him and coddle him we are safe, and no one can show anger toward them.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • I'll find a way to shield him from the black fly hordes that eat the bodies of men killed in battle.
    Homer  --  The Iliad

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