2. (Law.) A bailment by which the use of a thing, or the services and labor of a person, are contracted
for at a certain price or reward. Story.
Syn. Wages; salary; stipend; allowance; pay.
(Hire), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hired (hird); p. pr. & vb. n. Hiring.] [OE. hiren, huren, AS. hyrian; akin
to D. huren, G. heuern, Dan. hyre, Sw. hyra. See Hire, n.]
1. To procure (any chattel or estate) from another person, for temporary use, for a compensation or
equivalent; to purchase the use or enjoyment of for a limited time; as, to hire a farm for a year; to hire
2. To engage or purchase the service, labor, or interest of (any one) for a specific purpose, by payment
of wages; as, to hire a servant, an agent, or an advocate.
3. To grant the temporary use of, for compensation; to engage to give the service of, for a price; to let; to
lease; now usually with out, and often reflexively; as, he has hired out his horse, or his time.
They . . . have hired out themselves for bread.1 Sam. ii. 5.
(Hire"less), a. Without hire. Davenant.
(Hire"ling) n. [AS. hyreling. See Hire, n., and -ling.] One who is hired, or who serves for
wages; esp., one whose motive and interest in serving another are wholly gainful; a mercenary. "Lewd
(Hire"ling), a. Serving for hire or wages; venal; mercenary. "Hireling mourners." Dryden.
(Hir"er) n. One who hires.
(Hires Hirs), pron. Hers; theirs. See Here, pron. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Hir*sute") a. [L. hirsutus; prob. akin to horridus horrid. Cf. Horrid.]
1. Rough with hair; set with bristles; shaggy.
2. Rough and coarse; boorish. [R.]
Cynical and hirsute in his behavior.Life of A. Wood.
3. (Bot.) Pubescent with coarse or stiff hairs. Gray.
4. (Zoöl.) Covered with hairlike feathers, as the feet of certain birds.
(Hir*sute"ness), n. Hairiness. Burton.
(Hir*tel"lous) a. [Dim., fr. L. hirtus hairy.] (Bot. & Zoöl.) Pubescent with minute and somewhat
(Hi*ru"dine) a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the leeches.
(||Hir`u*din"e*a) n. pl. [NL., fr. L. hirudo, hirudinis, a leech.] (Zoöl.) An order of Annelida,
including the leeches; called also Hirudinei.
(||Hi*ru"do) n. [L., a leech.] (Zoöl.) A genus of leeches, including the common medicinal leech.