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Meaning of HORN

Pronunciation:  horn

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

HORN is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing or hearing a horn in your dream means your need to pay attention to your inner voices and intuition. Alternatively, you may be bragging and "blowing your own horn". Seeing the horns of an animal in your dream, represents conflict and confrontation. You are at odds with someone. It may also indicate that you have been hardened.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Trumpets were at first horns perforated at the tip, used for various purposes (Josh. 6:4,5).

Flasks or vessels were made of horn (1 Sam. 16:1, 13; 1 Kings 1:39).

But the word is used also metaphorically to denote the projecting corners of the altar of burnt offerings (Ex. 27:2) and of incense (30:2). The horns of the altar of burnt offerings were to be smeared with the blood of the slain bullock (29:12; Lev. 4:7-18). The criminal, when his crime was accidental, found an asylum by laying hold of the horns of the altar (1 Kings 1:50; 2:28).

The word also denotes the peak or summit of a hill (Isa. 5:1, where the word "hill" is the rendering of the same Hebrew word).

This word is used metaphorically also for strength (Deut. 33:17) and honour (Job 16:15; Lam. 2:3). Horns are emblems of power, dominion, glory, and fierceness, as they are the chief means of attack and defence with the animals endowed with them (Dan. 8:5, 9; 1 Sam. 2:1; 16:1, 13; 1 Kings 1:39; 22:11; Josh. 6:4, 5; Ps. 75:5, 10; 132:17; Luke 1:69, etc.). The expression "horn of salvation," applied to Christ, means a salvation of strength, or a strong Saviour (Luke 1:69). To have the horn "exalted" denotes prosperity and triumph (Ps. 89:17, 24). To "lift up" the horn is to act proudly (Zech. 1:21).

Horns are also the symbol of royal dignity and power (Jer. 48:25; Zech. 1:18; Dan. 8:24).

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