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English Dictionary: shepherd by the DICT Development Group
5 results for shepherd
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a clergyman who watches over a group of people
  2. a herder of sheep (on an open range); someone who keeps the sheep together in a flock
    Synonym(s): sheepherder, shepherd, sheepman
  1. watch over like a shepherd, as a teacher of her pupils
  2. tend as a shepherd, as of sheep or goats
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Shepherd \Shep"herd\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shepherded}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Shepherding}.]
      To tend as a shepherd; to guard, herd, lead, or drive, as a
      shepherd. [Poetic]
               White, fleecy clouds . . .
               Shepherded by the slow, unwilling wind.   --Shelley.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Shepherd \Shep"herd\, n. [OE. schepherde, schephirde, AS.
      sce[a0]phyrde; sce[a0]p sheep + hyrde, hirde, heorde, a herd,
      a guardian. See {Sheep}, and {Herd}.]
      1. A man employed in tending, feeding, and guarding sheep,
            esp. a flock grazing at large.
      2. The pastor of a church; one with the religious guidance of
      {Shepherd bird} (Zo[94]l.), the crested screamer. See
      {Shepherd dog} (Zo[94]l.), a breed of dogs used largely for
            the herding and care of sheep. There are several kinds, as
            the collie, or Scotch shepherd dog, and the English
            shepherd dog. Called also {shepherd's dog}.
      {Shepherd dog}, a name of Pan. --Keats.
      {Shepherd kings}, the chiefs of a nomadic people who invaded
            Egypt from the East in the traditional period, and
            conquered it, at least in part. They were expelled after
            about five hundred years, and attempts have been made to
            connect their expulsion with narrative in the book of
      {Shepherd's club} (Bot.), the common mullein. See {Mullein}.
      {Shepherd's crook}, a long staff having the end curved so as
            to form a large hook, -- used by shepherds.
      {Shepherd's needle} (Bot.), the lady's comb.
      {Shepherd's plaid}, a kind of woolen cloth of a checkered
            black and white pattern.
      {Shephered spider} (Zo[94]l.), a daddy longlegs, or
      {Shepherd's pouch}, [or] {Shepherd's purse} (Bot.), an annual
            cruciferous plant ({Capsella Bursapastoris}) bearing small
            white flowers and pouchlike pods. See Illust. of
      {Shepherd's rod}, [or] {Shepherd's staff} (Bot.), the small

From U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]:
   Shepherd, MI (village, FIPS 72960)
      Location: 43.52458 N, 84.69385 W
      Population (1990): 1413 (562 housing units)
      Area: 2.1 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)
      Zip code(s): 48883
   Shepherd, MT
      Zip code(s): 59079
   Shepherd, TX (city, FIPS 67424)
      Location: 30.49045 N, 95.00299 W
      Population (1990): 1812 (791 housing units)
      Area: 15.8 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)
      Zip code(s): 77371

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      a word naturally of frequent occurence in Scripture. Sometimes
      the word "pastor" is used instead (Jer. 2:8; 3:15; 10:21; 12:10;
      17:16). This word is used figuratively to represent the relation
      of rulers to their subjects and of God to his people (Ps. 23:1;
      80:1; Isa. 40:11; 44:28; Jer. 25:34, 35; Nahum 3:18; John 10:11,
      14; Heb. 13:20; 1 Pet. 2:25; 5:4).
         The duties of a shepherd in an unenclosed country like
      Palestine were very onerous. "In early morning he led forth the
      flock from the fold, marching at its head to the spot where they
      were to be pastured. Here he watched them all day, taking care
      that none of the sheep strayed, and if any for a time eluded his
      watch and wandered away from the rest, seeking diligently till
      he found and brought it back. In those lands sheep require to be
      supplied regularly with water, and the shepherd for this purpose
      has to guide them either to some running stream or to wells dug
      in the wilderness and furnished with troughs. At night he
      brought the flock home to the fold, counting them as they passed
      under the rod at the door to assure himself that none were
      missing. Nor did his labours always end with sunset. Often he
      had to guard the fold through the dark hours from the attack of
      wild beasts, or the wily attempts of the prowling thief (see 1
      Sam. 17:34).", Deane's David.
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