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horn  


      n  
1    either of a pair of permanent outgrowths on the heads of cattle, antelopes, sheep, etc., consisting of a central bony core covered with layers of keratin  
   Related adjs       corneous       keratoid  
2    the outgrowth from the nasal bone of a rhinoceros, consisting of a mass of fused hairs  
3    any hornlike projection or process, such as the eyestalk of a snail  
4    the antler of a deer  
5   
a    the constituent substance, mainly keratin, of horns, hooves, etc.  
b    (in combination)  
horn-rimmed spectacles     
6    a container or device made from this substance or an artificial substitute  
a shoe horn, a drinking horn     
7    an object or part resembling a horn in shape, such as the points at either end of a crescent, the point of an anvil, the pommel of a saddle, or a cornucopia  
8    a primitive musical wind instrument made from the horn of an animal  
9    any musical instrument consisting of a pipe or tube of brass fitted with a mouthpiece, with or without valves  
   See       hunting horn       French horn       cor anglais  
10      (Jazz, slang)   any wind instrument  
11   
a    a device for producing a warning or signalling noise  
b    (in combination)  
a foghorn     
12    usually pl   the hornlike projection attributed to certain devils, deities, etc.  
13    usually pl   the imaginary hornlike parts formerly supposed to appear on the forehead of a cuckold  
14      (Also called)    horn balance   an extension of an aircraft control surface that projects in front of the hinge providing aerodynamic assistance in moving the control  
15   
a      (Also called)    acoustic horn, exponential horn   a hollow conical device coupled to the diaphragm of a gramophone to control the direction and quality of the sound  
b    a similar device attached to an electrical loudspeaker, esp. in a public-address system  
c      (Also called)    horn antenna   a microwave aerial, formed by flaring out the end of a waveguide  
16      (Geology)      another name for       pyramidal peak  
17    a stretch of land or water shaped like a horn  
18      (Brit)  
taboo slang   an erection of the penis  
19      (Bible)   a symbol of power, victory, or success  
in my name shall his horn be exalted     
20    blow one's horn     (U.S. and Canadian)   to boast about oneself; brag,   (Brit. equivalent)    blow ones own trumpet  
21    draw (or pull) in one's horns  
a    to suppress or control one's feelings, esp. of anger, enthusiasm, or passion  
b    to withdraw a previous statement  
c    to economize  
22    on the horns of a dilemma  
a    in a situation involving a choice between two equally unpalatable alternatives  
b    in an awkward situation  
      vb   tr  
23    to provide with a horn or horns  
24    to gore or butt with a horn,   (See also)        horn in  
     (Old English; related to Old Norse horn, Gothic haurn, Latin cornu horn)  
  hornless      adj  
  hornlike      adj  


alto horn  
      n      another term for       althorn  
basset horn  
      n   an obsolete woodwind instrument of the clarinet family  
     (C19: probably from German Bassetthorn, from Italian bassetto, diminutive of basso + horn)  
Cape Horn  
      n   a rocky headland on an island at the extreme S tip of South America, belonging to Chile. It is notorious for gales and heavy seas; until the building of the Panama Canal it lay on the only sea route between the Atlantic and the Pacific,   (Also called)    the Horn  
Dorset Horn  
      n   a breed of horned sheep with dense fine-textured wool  
English horn  
      n     (Music)      another name for       cor anglais  
exponential horn  
      n   a horn for the radiation of acoustic or high-frequency electromagnetic waves, of which the cross-sectional area increases exponentially with the length  
French horn  
      n     (Music)   a valved brass instrument with a funnel-shaped mouthpiece and a tube of conical bore coiled into a spiral. It is a transposing instrument in F. Range: about three and a half octaves upwards from B on the second leger line below the bass staff  
   See       horn  
Golden Horn  
      n   an inlet of the Bosporus in NW Turkey, forming the harbour of Istanbul,   (Turkish name)    Haliç  
Horn  
      n   Cape. See Cape Horn  
horn in  
      vb   intr, adv; often foll by: on  
Slang   to interrupt or intrude  
don't horn in on our conversation     
Horn of Africa  
      n   a region of NE Africa, comprising Somalia and adjacent territories  
horn of plenty  
      n  
1       another term for       cornucopia  
2    an edible basidiomycetous fungus, Craterellus cornucopioides, related to the chanterelle and like it funnel shaped but dark brown inside and dark grey outside: found in broad-leaved woodland  
horn silver  
      n      another name for       cerargyrite  
hunting horn  
      n  
1    a long straight metal tube with a flared end and a cylindrical bore, used in giving signals in hunting  
   See       horn       9  
2    an obsolete brass instrument from which the modern French horn was developed  
post horn  
      n   a simple valveless natural horn consisting of a long tube of brass or copper, either straight or coiled; formerly often used to announce the arrival of a mailcoach  
powder horn  
      n   a powder flask consisting of the hollow horn of an animal  
stag's horn   , staghorn  
      n  
1    the antlers of a stag used as a material for carved implements  
2    a creeping variety of club moss, Lycopodium clavatum, growing on moors and mountains, having silvery hair points on its leaves  
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Horn  
      n   Cape. See Cape Horn  


alto horn  
      n      another term for       althorn  
basset horn  
      n   an obsolete woodwind instrument of the clarinet family  
     (C19: probably from German Bassetthorn, from Italian bassetto, diminutive of basso + horn)  
Cape Horn  
      n   a rocky headland on an island at the extreme S tip of South America, belonging to Chile. It is notorious for gales and heavy seas; until the building of the Panama Canal it lay on the only sea route between the Atlantic and the Pacific,   (Also called)    the Horn  
Dorset Horn  
      n   a breed of horned sheep with dense fine-textured wool  
English horn  
      n     (Music)      another name for       cor anglais  
exponential horn  
      n   a horn for the radiation of acoustic or high-frequency electromagnetic waves, of which the cross-sectional area increases exponentially with the length  
French horn  
      n     (Music)   a valved brass instrument with a funnel-shaped mouthpiece and a tube of conical bore coiled into a spiral. It is a transposing instrument in F. Range: about three and a half octaves upwards from B on the second leger line below the bass staff  
   See       horn  
Golden Horn  
      n   an inlet of the Bosporus in NW Turkey, forming the harbour of Istanbul,   (Turkish name)    Haliç  
horn  
      n  
1    either of a pair of permanent outgrowths on the heads of cattle, antelopes, sheep, etc., consisting of a central bony core covered with layers of keratin  
   Related adjs       corneous       keratoid  
2    the outgrowth from the nasal bone of a rhinoceros, consisting of a mass of fused hairs  
3    any hornlike projection or process, such as the eyestalk of a snail  
4    the antler of a deer  
5   
a    the constituent substance, mainly keratin, of horns, hooves, etc.  
b    (in combination)  
horn-rimmed spectacles     
6    a container or device made from this substance or an artificial substitute  
a shoe horn, a drinking horn     
7    an object or part resembling a horn in shape, such as the points at either end of a crescent, the point of an anvil, the pommel of a saddle, or a cornucopia  
8    a primitive musical wind instrument made from the horn of an animal  
9    any musical instrument consisting of a pipe or tube of brass fitted with a mouthpiece, with or without valves  
   See       hunting horn       French horn       cor anglais  
10      (Jazz, slang)   any wind instrument  
11   
a    a device for producing a warning or signalling noise  
b    (in combination)  
a foghorn     
12    usually pl   the hornlike projection attributed to certain devils, deities, etc.  
13    usually pl   the imaginary hornlike parts formerly supposed to appear on the forehead of a cuckold  
14      (Also called)    horn balance   an extension of an aircraft control surface that projects in front of the hinge providing aerodynamic assistance in moving the control  
15   
a      (Also called)    acoustic horn, exponential horn   a hollow conical device coupled to the diaphragm of a gramophone to control the direction and quality of the sound  
b    a similar device attached to an electrical loudspeaker, esp. in a public-address system  
c      (Also called)    horn antenna   a microwave aerial, formed by flaring out the end of a waveguide  
16      (Geology)      another name for       pyramidal peak  
17    a stretch of land or water shaped like a horn  
18      (Brit)  
taboo slang   an erection of the penis  
19      (Bible)   a symbol of power, victory, or success  
in my name shall his horn be exalted     
20    blow one's horn     (U.S. and Canadian)   to boast about oneself; brag,   (Brit. equivalent)    blow ones own trumpet  
21    draw (or pull) in one's horns  
a    to suppress or control one's feelings, esp. of anger, enthusiasm, or passion  
b    to withdraw a previous statement  
c    to economize  
22    on the horns of a dilemma  
a    in a situation involving a choice between two equally unpalatable alternatives  
b    in an awkward situation  
      vb   tr  
23    to provide with a horn or horns  
24    to gore or butt with a horn,   (See also)        horn in  
     (Old English; related to Old Norse horn, Gothic haurn, Latin cornu horn)  
  hornless      adj  
  hornlike      adj  
horn in  
      vb   intr, adv; often foll by: on  
Slang   to interrupt or intrude  
don't horn in on our conversation     
Horn of Africa  
      n   a region of NE Africa, comprising Somalia and adjacent territories  
horn of plenty  
      n  
1       another term for       cornucopia  
2    an edible basidiomycetous fungus, Craterellus cornucopioides, related to the chanterelle and like it funnel shaped but dark brown inside and dark grey outside: found in broad-leaved woodland  
horn silver  
      n      another name for       cerargyrite  
hunting horn  
      n  
1    a long straight metal tube with a flared end and a cylindrical bore, used in giving signals in hunting  
   See       horn       9  
2    an obsolete brass instrument from which the modern French horn was developed  
post horn  
      n   a simple valveless natural horn consisting of a long tube of brass or copper, either straight or coiled; formerly often used to announce the arrival of a mailcoach  
powder horn  
      n   a powder flask consisting of the hollow horn of an animal  
stag's horn   , staghorn  
      n  
1    the antlers of a stag used as a material for carved implements  
2    a creeping variety of club moss, Lycopodium clavatum, growing on moors and mountains, having silvery hair points on its leaves  

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