|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
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).