|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|
|a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.|
|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 keratinRelated: 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.||hunting horn French horn See cor anglais any musical instrument consisting of a pipe or tube of brass fitted with a mouthpiece, with or without valves|
|10.||slang jazz any wind instrument|
|11.||a. a device for producing a warning or signalling noise|
|b. (in combination): a foghorn|
|12.||(usually plural) the hornlike projection attributed to certain devils, deities, etc|
|13.||(usually plural) 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. acoustic horn, Also called: exponential horn a hollow conical device coupled to the diaphragm of a gramophone to control the direction and quality of the sound|
|b. any such device used to spread or focus sound, such as the device attached to an electrical loudspeaker 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.||slang (Brit) an erection of the penis|
|19.||Bible a symbol of power, victory, or success: in my name shall his horn be exalted|
|20.||(US), (Canadian) blow one's horn Brit equivalent: blow one's own trumpet to boast about oneself; brag|
|21.||draw in one's horns, 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|
|23.||to provide with a horn or horns|
|24.||to gore or butt with a horn|
|Related: corneous, keratoid|
|[Old English; related to Old Norse horn, Gothic haurn, Latin cornu horn]|
One of the hard, usually permanent structures projecting from the head of certain mammals, such as cattle, consisting of a bony core covered with a sheath of keratinous material.
A hard protuberance that is similar to or suggestive of a horn.
The hard, smooth keratinous material forming the outer covering of animal horns.
Any of the major subdivisions of the lateral ventricle in the cerebral hemisphere of the brain: the frontal horn, occipital horn, and temporal horn. Also called cornu.
|horn (hôrn) Pronunciation Key
See blow one's own horn.
blow (one's) own horn definition
and toot (one's) own horn
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).