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English horn
French horn
▪ The Nurse honks the car horn to warn the lovers of Lady Capulet's arrival.
▪ Think Buddhas amid the car horns.
▪ Suddenly, a car horn sounded from close by.
▪ The urgent blare of his car horn drew their attention back to the sheriff's tall figure.
▪ It is not permitted to sound a car horn after a certain hour.
▪ Down in the drive some one was sounding a car horn.
▪ There was the jabber of a car horn in his ear.
▪ Six rows of horn players and drummers clap, play and sway from side to side in accompaniment.
▪ My ideal here is Seifert, who is quite simply the best horn player in the world.
▪ Or of women horn players, reed wizards or guitarists.
▪ Ervin is likewise considered a world-class horn player in constant demand.
▪ The Strauss is Franz, father of Richard, and a celebrated horn player of his day.
▪ Martin Glimmer is the 50-something horn player on his last legs.
▪ Officials say about 1.4 tonnes of rhino horn stockpiled, but conservationists claim the real figure is up to 10 tonnes.
▪ Prices were sky high, with rhino horn worth four times as much as ivory, and still rising.
▪ More sinister are the deaths in suspicious circumstances of two army officers who were investigating the rhino horn trade.
▪ I always thought that was rhinoceros horn.
▪ Notable among these are ivory, shells, rhinoceros horn, coral, amber and jet.
▪ The Last To Know is the most exuberant track, helped by a vibrant horn section and a catchy melody.
▪ As in the stuff they make big band horn sections out of.
▪ He's got a horn section, he's got singers and he's got the rhythm section.
▪ Hinds' backing band, named after Fats Domino, counts eight musicians, including a three-piece horn section.
▪ Other angry motorists blew their horns and flashed rude two-finger salutes when they finally managed to overtake him.
▪ Then all three of the traders laughed together and sounded like a fleet of tugboats blowing their horns.
▪ As she turned uphill, a dark-red Daimler slid by, and blew its horn at her.
▪ When you blow the horn, it sounds blaring.
▪ Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.
▪ We climbed up on to it; some one blew a horn and the beat started.
▪ Nanny hoisted her higher in her arms as the huntsman blew his horn and the hounds moved off.
▪ The big beasts of medical ethics have been locking horns, the rationalists against the religious as usual.
▪ In fact, the feuding agencies were about to lock horns and starve over the first two dams on their priority lists.
▪ Louis throws a chair at Victor; they lock horns and wrestle.
▪ Who had once locked horns with superpowers.
▪ They locked grinding horns, and scuffled.
▪ The driver sounded his horn furiously as the taxi sped on.
▪ To help the doggies along, Mercer sounds a horn that emits an ear-piercing wail from his plane.
▪ Oscar sounded his deafening horn three times and the gates to the yard swung open.
▪ In his failure to sound the horn in time there is tragedy, but it is not of a very complicated kind.
▪ Santerre sounded the horn and led the excited hunters down the hill.
▪ It is not permitted to sound a car horn after a certain hour.
▪ Down in the drive some one was sounding a car horn.
▪ The driver sounded his horn frantically.
blow your own horn
▪ Borland has plenty of reason to blow his own horn - his company has just shown record profits.
draw in your horns
▪ However, it now plans to draw in its horns in anticipation of declining demand for farm machinery by cutting back production.
lock horns (with sb)
▪ In fact, the feuding agencies were about to lock horns and starve over the first two dams on their priority lists.
▪ Louis throws a chair at Victor; they lock horns and wrestle.
▪ The big beasts of medical ethics have been locking horns, the rationalists against the religious as usual.
▪ Who had once locked horns with superpowers.
take the bull by the horns
▪ Helena decided to take the bull by the horns and organize the show herself.
▪ We decided to take the bull by the horns and go to court, instead of paying the fine.
horn-rimmed glasses
▪ He contrasted sharply with the acceptance horn, exemplified by career policemen.
▪ The driver leaned out of the window and shouted at the lad, sounded his horn twice, then drove on.
▪ The palace enhances this quality through its long flat courtyard, which leads us directly to the rising horns.
▪ We will therefore use the four horns in unison.
▪ When you blow the horn, it sounds blaring.
take the bull by the horns
▪ Helena decided to take the bull by the horns and organize the show herself.
▪ We decided to take the bull by the horns and go to court, instead of paying the fine.
▪ For a while, being there felt like horning in on a family reunion.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Horn \Horn\ (h[^o]rn), n. [AS. horn; akin to D. horen, hoorn, G., Icel., Sw., & Dan. horn, Goth. ha['u]rn, W., Gael., & Ir. corn, L. cornu, Gr. ke`ras, 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 shed.

  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.:

    1. A projection from the beak of a bird, as in the hornbill.

    2. A tuft of feathers on the head of a bird, as in the horned owl.

    3. A hornlike projection from the head or thorax of an insect, or the head of a reptile, or fish.

    4. 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:

    1. 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.

    2. A drinking cup, or beaker, as having been originally made of the horns of cattle. ``Horns of mead and ale.''

    3. The cornucopia, or horn of plenty. See Cornucopia. ``Fruits and flowers from Amalth[ae]a's horn.''

    4. 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.

    5. The pointed beak of an anvil.

    6. The high pommel of a saddle; also, either of the projections on a lady's saddle for supporting the leg.

    7. (Arch.) The Ionic volute.

    8. (Naut.) The outer end of a crosstree; also, one of the projections forming the jaws of a gaff, boom, etc.

    9. (Carp.) A curved projection on the fore part of a plane.

    10. 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.

  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.''

  11. the telephone; as, on the horn. [slang]

  12. a body of water shaped like a horn; as, the Golden Horn in Istanbul.

    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 water.

    Horn lead (Chem.), chloride of lead.

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

    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.

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

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

    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 pull in one's horns, To haul in one's horns, to withdraw some arrogant pretension; to cease a demand or withdraw an assertion. [Colloq.]

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

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


Horn \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.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1690s, "to furnish with horns," from horn (n.). Earlier in figurative sense of "to cuckold" (1540s). Meaning "to push with the horns" (of cattle, buffalo, etc.) is from 1851, American English; phrase horn in "intrude" is by 1880, American English, originally cowboy slang.


Old English horn "horn of an animal," also "wind instrument" (originally made from animal horns), from Proto-Germanic *hurnaz (cognates: German Horn, Dutch horen, Gothic haurn), from PIE *ker- (1) "horn; head, uppermost part of the body," with derivatives refering to horned animals, horn-shaped objects and projecting parts (cognates: Greek karnon "horn," Latin cornu "horn," Sanskrit srngam "horn," Persian sar "head," Avestan sarah- "head," Greek koryphe "head," Latin cervus "deer," Welsh carw "deer"). Reference to car horns is first recorded 1901. Figurative senses of Latin cornu included "salient point, chief argument; wing, flank; power, courage, strength." Jazz slang sense of "trumpet" is by 1921. Meaning "telephone" is by 1945.


n. 1 (context countable English) A hard growth of keratin that protrudes from the top of the head of certain animals, usually paired. 2 Any similar real or imaginary growth or projection such as the elongated tusk of a narwhal, the eyestalk of a snail, the pointed growth on the nose of a rhinoceros, or the hornlike projection on the head of a demon or similar. 3 An antler. 4 (context uncountable English) The hard substance from which animals' horns are made, sometimes used by man as a material for making various objects. 5 An object whose shape resembles a horn, such as cornucopia, the point of an anvil, or a vessel for gunpowder or liquid. 6 # The high pommel of a saddle; also, either of the projections on a lady's saddle for supporting the leg. 7 # (context architecture English) The Ionic volute. 8 # (context nautical English) The outer end of a crosstree; also, one of the projections forming the jaws of a gaff, boom, etc. 9 # (context carpentry English) A curved projection on the fore part of a plane. 10 # One of the projections at the four corners of the Jewish altar of burnt offering. 11 (context countable English) Any of several musical wind instruments. 12 (context countable English) An instrument resembling a musical horn and used to signal others. 13 (context countable English) A loud alarm, especially one on a motor vehicle. 14 (context countable English) A conical device used to direct waves. 15 (context informal countable English) Generally, any brass wind instrument. 16 (context slang countable from the horn-shaped earpieces of old communication systems that used air tubes English) A telephone. 17 (context uncountable coarse slang definite article English) An erection of the penis. 18 (context countable English) A peninsula or crescent-shaped tract of land. "''to navigate around the horn''." 19 (context countable English) A diacritical mark that may be attached to the top right corner of the letters '''o''' and '''u''' when writing in Vietnamese, thus forming '''ơ''' and '''ư'''. 20 (context botany English) An incurved, tapering and pointed appendage found in the flowers of the milkweed (''Asclepias''). vb. 1 (context of an animal English) To assault with the #Nouns 2 (context slang obsolete English) To cuckold


v. stab or pierce with a horn or tusk; "the rhino horned the explorer" [syn: tusk]

  1. n. a noisemaker (as at parties or games) that makes a loud noise when you blow through it

  2. one of the bony outgrowths on the heads of certain ungulates

  3. a noise made by the driver of an automobile to give warning;

  4. a high pommel of a Western saddle (usually metal covered with leather) [syn: saddle horn]

  5. a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves [syn: cornet, trumpet, trump]

  6. any outgrowth from the head of an organism that resembles a horn

  7. the material (mostly keratin) that covers the horns of ungulates and forms hooves and claws and nails

  8. an alarm device that makes a loud warning sound

  9. a brass musical instrument consisting of a conical tube that is coiled into a spiral and played by means of valves [syn: French horn]

  10. a device on an automobile for making a warning noise [syn: automobile horn, car horn, motor horn, hooter]


Horn or Horns may refer to:

  • Horn (anatomy), a pointed, bony projection on the head of various animals (that of a rhinoceros) ; source of most other uses below
  • Horn, see keratin, the substance that, apart from other functions, is the main component of the tissue that sheaths the bony core of horns and hoofs of various animals
Horn (anatomy)

A horn is a permanent pointed projection on the head of various animals consisting of a covering of keratin and other proteins surrounding a core of live bone. Horns are distinct to antlers which are not permanent. In mammals, true horns are found mainly among the ruminant artiodactyls, in the families Antilocapridae ( pronghorn) and Bovidae ( cattle, goats, antelope etc.).

One pair of horns is usual; however, two or more pairs occur in a few wild species and domesticated breeds of sheep. Polycerate (multi-horned) sheep breeds include the Hebridean, Icelandic, Jacob, Manx Loaghtan, and the Navajo-Churro.

Horns usually have a curved or spiral shape, often with ridges or fluting. In many species only males have horns. Horns start to grow soon after birth, and continue to grow throughout the life of the animal (except in pronghorns, which shed the outer layer annually, but retain the bony core). Partial or deformed horns in livestock are called scurs. Similar growths on other parts of the body are not usually called horns, but spurs, claws or hoofs depending on the part of the body on which they occur.

Horn (diacritic)

The horn ( or ) is a diacritic mark attached to the top right corner of the letters o and u in the Vietnamese alphabet to give ơ and ư, unrounded variants of the vowel represented by the basic letter. In Vietnamese, it is rarely considered a separate diacritic; rather, the characters ơ and ư are considered separate from o and u.

Horn (Chinese constellation)

The Horn mansion (角宿, pinyin: Jiǎo Xiù) is one of the Twenty-eight mansions of the Chinese constellations. It is one of the eastern mansions of the Azure Dragon.

Horn (acoustic)

An acoustic horn or waveguide is a tapered sound guide designed to provide an acoustic impedance match between a sound source and free air. This has the effect of maximizing the efficiency with which sound waves from the particular source are transferred to the air. Conversely, a horn can be used at the receiving end to optimize the transfer of sound from the air to a receiver.

Acoustic horns are found in nature in the form of the burrows constructed by male mole crickets to amplify their song.

Horn (surname)

Horn is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Alan F. Horn
  • Alfred Aloysius "Trader" Horn, an African trader during the Scramble for Africa
  • Alfred Horn (1918–2001), American mathematician
    • Horn clause is a term in formal logic named after him
  • Andrew Horn (died 1328) fishmonger, of Bridge Street, London, Chamberlain of the City (1320-8), author of Liber Horn
  • Andrew Horn (filmmaker) (b. 1952) director of The Nomi Song
  • Anton Ludwig Ernst Horn (1774-1848), German physician
  • Ashley Horn, singer and media personality
  • Blair Horn, Canadian rower
  • Bob Horn (broadcaster)
  • Bruce Horn (born 1960), programmer
  • Carl von Horn (1903–1989), Swedish general
  • Carl Graf von Horn (1847–1923), Bavarian general and War Minister
  • Charles Edward Horn (1786-1849), English composer
  • Cody Horn (born 1988), American actress and model
  • Corran Horn, character in Star Wars franchise
  • Dave van Horn (born 1960), American baseball coach
  • Dimitris Horn (1921-1998), famous Greek actor
  • Don Horn (born 1945), American football quarterback
  • Frederick W. Horn, American lawyer and politician
  • Frederik Winkel Horn (1845–1898), Danish writer and translator
  • Frederik Winkel-Horn (1756–1837), Danish writer
  • Gabriel Horn (1927-2012), Briths biologist
  • George Henry Horn (1840–1897), U.S. entomologist
  • Greg Horn, American comic book artist
  • Guildo Horn (born 1963), German singer
  • Gustav Horn, Count of Björneborg
  • Gyula Horn, Prime Minister of Hungary from 1994–1998
  • Hans Horn (1873-1968), Norwegian engineer and industrialist
  • Horn of Kankas, a family in Finland and Sweden
    • Count Arvid Horn (1664–1742), Swedish statesman
    • Count Gustaf Horn (1592–1657), commander of the Swedish forces in the Thirty Years' War
    • Evert Horn (1585-1615), Swedish soldier
    • Brita Horn (1745-1791), Swedish courtier and letter writer
  • Jeremy Horn (born 1975), American mixed martial artist
  • Jim Horn (born 1940), American musician
  • Joan Kelly Horn (born 1936), Missourian politician
  • Joe Horn (born 1972)
  • Joseph M. Horn, American psychologist
  • Julian Horn-Smith, British businessman
  • Kaniehtiio Horn (born 1986), actress
  • Karl Friedrich Horn (1762-1830), English composer
  • Keith Van Horn (born 1975), American basketball player
  • Laurence R. Horn
  • Lawrence Horn, record producer
  • Marie-Louise Horn (1912–1991), German tennis player
  • Michael "J" Horn (born 1979), American musician and musical director
  • Michelle Horn (born 1987), American actress
  • Michiel Horn (born 1939), Canadian historian
  • Mike Horn (born 1966), Swiss explorer and adventurer
  • Milton Horn (1906-1995), Russian-American sculptor
  • Noel Van Horn (born 1968), American born Canadian comic book artist
  • Paul Horn (1930–2014), flautist
  • Dr. Paul Horn, computer scientist
  • Philip de Montmorency, Count of Horn (1518-1568), nobleman in the Low Countries during the Eighty Years War
  • Rebecca Horn (born 1944), German installation artist
  • Roni Horn (born 1955), American visual artist and writer
  • Roy Horn (born 1944), German-American entertainer
  • Rudolf Horn (born 1954), Austrian biathlete and cross-country skier
  • Sally P. Horn (born 1958), geographer
  • Sam Horn (born 1963), baseball player
  • Shifra Horn (born 1951), Israeli author
  • Shirley Horn (1934-2005), American jazz singer and musician
  • Siegbert Horn (1950-2016), East German slalom canoeist
  • Siegfried Horn (1908-1993), archaeologist and Bible scholar
  • Steve Horn (1931-2011), university president and U.S. Congressman
  • Steve Took's Horns, an English rock band of the late 1970s, led by Steve Peregrin Took
  • Taylor Horn (born 1992), American singer
  • Ted Horn (1919-1948), American race car driver
  • Tom Horn (1860-1903), American scout
  • Tor Egil Horn (born 1976), Norwegian footballer
  • Trevor Horn (born 1949), British musician
  • Wade Horn (born 1976), American psychologist
  • Walter Horn (1908–95), German-born US academic
  • Walther Hermann Richard Horn (1871-1939), German entomologist
  • Welby Van Horn (1920-2014), American tennis player
  • Werner D. Horn, American politician.
  • William Van Horn (born 1939), American comic book artist
Horn (Finnish family)
Horn (video game)

Horn is an iOS and Android game developed by Phosphor Games Studio and published by Zynga on August 16, 2012.

Horn (Schwarzbach)

The River Horn ( French: La Horn; German: Hornbach) is a left tributary of Schwarzbach flowing through the region of Lorraine, in north-east France, and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, in southern Germany. Its headwaters rise in the French town of Bitche, in the Moselle Department, following a north by north-eastern course, before forming a part of the border between France and Germany. As the Franco-German border takes a sharp turn to the west, the Horn continues into Germany. Here, it follows a roughly north-western course, ending in the German town of Zweibrücken, emptying into the Schwarzbach. Its length in France is 27.6 km.

Horn (instrument)

A horn is any of a family of musical instruments made of a tube, usually made of metal and often curved in various ways, with one narrow end into which the musician blows, and a wide end from which sound emerges. In horns, unlike other brass instruments such as the trumpet, the bore gradually increases in width through most of its length—that is to say, it is conical rather than cylindrical. In jazz and popular-music contexts, the word may be used loosely to refer to any wind instrument, and a section of brass or woodwind instruments, or a mixture of the two, is called a horn section in these contexts.

Usage examples of "horn".

Walgun, and though the place seemed deserted, an abo in a singlet and shorts eventually answered the blare of our horn.

Standing naked before the horned altar, Aganippe struggled to stay awake, murmuring prayers she had recited since girlhood, while they painted her body with yellow ochre-- the earth color.

After some tugging, he extracted a curved grey ancipital horn, which had punctured the spleen and sunk deep into the body.

The ceiling was so low that its beams were scarred by tracks of ancipital horn points - possibly a deliberate device to emphasize the fact that the Phagorian Guard were never dehorned.

Princess Simoda Tal, in this very palace, by the thrust of an ancipital horn.

It was no sorcery, nor a monster, but a bull aurochs twice the size of the largest ox Saban had ever seen: a creature of huge muscle, black hide, sharp horns and beady eyes.

Attached to the belt by a loop was an ivory-handled flint knife in a rawhide sheath, and suspended from another loop, the lower section of a hollow black aurochs horn, a drinking cup that was a talisman of the Aurochs Hearth.

With the horned moon hooked round the topmost limb, And the owl awatch on the branch below, What is the song of the winds that blow Through your boughs so mysteriously?

Once more they landed at a short distance from Constantinople, and Rother bade his men hide in a thicket, while he went into the city, disguised as a pilgrim, and carrying under his robe a hunting horn, which he promised to sound should he at any time find himself in danger.

Lohengrin received a horn from his father, who bade him sound it thrice on arriving at his destination, and an equal number of times when he wished to return to Montsalvatch.

The head pushed forward, bringing into visibility thickly maned shoulders, forefeet with sharply split hooves as dreadfully bedabbled as the horns.

What should I tellen of the royalty Of this marriage, or which course goes beforn, Who bloweth in a trump or in an horn?

The beisa is one of the most aggressive antelopes in Africa, capable of killing even a fully grown lion with its long rapier horns.

Leading the beisa by six inches, he vaulted lightly into the back seat and crouched on the floorboards, covering his head with both arms while the beisa battered the sides of the Rolls, driving in one door and ripping the paintwork with the deadly horns.

The horn family: pyramidal, sectoral, conical, biconical, box, hybrid, ridged.