Definitions for: Horn

[n] one of the bony outgrowths on the heads of certain ungulates
[n] any outgrowth from the head of an organism that resembles a horn
[n] a device on an automobile for making a warning noise
[n] a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves
[n] a brass musical instrument consisting of a conical tube that is coiled into a spiral and played by means of valves
[n] an alarm device that makes a loud warning sound
[n] a high pommel of a Western saddle (usually metal covered with leather)
[n] a noisemaker (as at parties or games) that makes a loud noise when you blow through it
[n] a noise made by the driver of an automobile to give warning;
[n] the material (mostly keratin) that covers the horns of ungulates and forms hooves and claws and nails
[v] stab or pierce with a horn or tusk; of animals

Webster (1913) Definition: Horn, n. [AS. horn; akin to D. horen, hoorn, G., Icel.,
Sw., & Dan. horn, Goth. ha['u]rn, W., Gael., & Ir. corn, L.
cornu, Gr. ?, and perh. also to E. cheer, cranium, cerebral;
cf. Skr. [,c]iras head. Cf. Carat, Corn on the foot,
Cornea, Corner, Cornet, Cornucopia, Hart.]
1. A hard, projecting, and usually pointed organ, growing
upon the heads of certain animals, esp. of the ruminants,
as cattle, goats, and the like. The hollow horns of the Ox
family consist externally of true horn, and are never

2. The antler of a deer, which is of bone throughout, and
annually shed and renewed.

3. (Zo["o]l.) Any natural projection or excrescence from an
animal, resembling or thought to resemble a horn in
substance or form; esp.:
(a) A projection from the beak of a bird, as in the
(b) A tuft of feathers on the head of a bird, as in the
horned owl.
(c) A hornlike projection from the head or thorax of an
insect, or the head of a reptile, or fish.
(d) A sharp spine in front of the fins of a fish, as in
the horned pout.

4. (Bot.) An incurved, tapering and pointed appendage found
in the flowers of the milkweed (Asclepias).

5. Something made of a horn, or in resemblance of a horn; as:
(a) A wind instrument of music; originally, one made of a
horn (of an ox or a ram); now applied to various
elaborately wrought instruments of brass or other
metal, resembling a horn in shape. ``Wind his horn
under the castle wall.'' --Spenser. See French horn,
under French.
(b) A drinking cup, or beaker, as having been originally
made of the horns of cattle. ``Horns of mead and
ale.'' --Mason.
(c) The cornucopia, or horn of plenty. See Cornucopia.
``Fruits and flowers from Amalth[ae]a's horn.''
(d) A vessel made of a horn; esp., one designed for
containing powder; anciently, a small vessel for
carrying liquids. ``Samuel took the hornof oil and
anointed him [David].'' --1 Sam. xvi. 13.
(e) The pointed beak of an anvil.
(f) The high pommel of a saddle; also, either of the
projections on a lady's saddle for supporting the leg.
(g) (Arch.) The Ionic volute.
(h) (Naut.) The outer end of a crosstree; also, one of the
projections forming the jaws of a gaff, boom, etc.
(i) (Carp.) A curved projection on the fore part of a
(j) One of the projections at the four corners of the
Jewish altar of burnt offering. ``Joab . . . caught
hold on the horns of the altar.'' --1 Kings ii. 28.

6. One of the curved ends of a crescent; esp., an extremity
or cusp of the moon when crescent-shaped.

The moon Wears a wan circle round her blunted horns.

7. (Mil.) The curving extremity of the wing of an army or of
a squadron drawn up in a crescentlike form.

Sharpening in mooned horns Their phalanx. --Milton.

8. The tough, fibrous material of which true horns are
composed, being, in the Ox family, chiefly albuminous,
with some phosphate of lime; also, any similar substance,
as that which forms the hoof crust of horses, sheep, and
cattle; as, a spoon of horn.

9. (Script.) A symbol of strength, power, glory, exaltation,
or pride.

The Lord is . . . the horn of my salvation. --Ps.
xviii. 2.

10. An emblem of a cuckold; -- used chiefly in the plural.
``Thicker than a cuckold's horn.'' --Shak.

Horn block, the frame or pedestal in which a railway car
axle box slides up and down; -- also called horn plate.

Horn of a dilemma. See under Dilemma.

Horn distemper, a disease of cattle, affecting the internal
substance of the horn.

Horn drum, a wheel with long curved scoops, for raising

Horn lead (Chem.), chloride of lead.

Horn maker, a maker of cuckolds. [Obs.] --Shak.

Horn mercury. (Min.) Same as Horn quicksilver (below).

Horn poppy (Bot.), a plant allied to the poppy ({Glaucium
luteum}), found on the sandy shores of Great Britain and
Virginia; -- called also horned poppy. --Gray.

Horn pox (Med.), abortive smallpox with an eruption like
that of chicken pox.

Horn quicksilver (Min.), native calomel, or bichloride of

Horn shell (Zo["o]l.), any long, sharp, spiral, gastropod
shell, of the genus Cerithium, and allied genera.

Horn silver (Min.), cerargyrite.

Horn slate, a gray, siliceous stone.

To haul in one's horns, to withdraw some arrogant
pretension. [Colloq.]

To raise, or lift, the horn (Script.), to exalt one's
self; to act arrogantly. ``'Gainst them that raised thee
dost thou lift thy horn?'' --Milton.

To take a horn, to take a drink of intoxicating liquor.

Horn, v. t.
1. To furnish with horns; to give the shape of a horn to.

2. To cause to wear horns; to cuckold. [Obs.] --Shak.

Synonyms: automobile horn, car horn, cornet, French horn, hooter, motor horn, saddle horn, trumpet, tusk

See Also: air horn, alarm, alarm, alarm system, alarum, alert, animal material, antler, appendage, auto, automobile, baleen, bone, brass, bull, caprine animal, car, ceratin, claxon, foghorn, goat, horn button, keratin, klaxon, machine, motorcar, noisemaker, os, outgrowth, pierce, pommel, process, ram, saddlebow, serpent, shofar, shophar, stock saddle, thrust, tortoiseshell, tup, warning device, warning signal, Western saddle, whalebone

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