Definition of Horn

Pronunciation: hôrn
n.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.(Zool.) Any natural projection or excrescence from an animal, resembling or thought to resemble a horn in substance or form;
4.(Bot.) An incurved, tapering and pointed appendage found in the flowers of the milkweed (Asclepias).
5.(Arch.) Something made of a horn, or in resemblance of a horn
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.
- Thomson.
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.
11.the telephone; as, on the horn.
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.
Horn mercury
(Min.) Same as Horn quicksilver (below).
- Shak.
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.
- Gray.
Horn quicksilver
(Min.) native calomel, or bichloride of mercury.
Horn shell
(Zool.) 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 withdraw some arrogant pretension; to cease a demand or withdraw an assertion.
To raise the horn
(Script.) to exalt one's self; to act arrogantly.
To take a horn
to take a drink of intoxicating liquor.
- Milton.
v. t.1.To furnish with horns; to give the shape of a horn to.
2.To cause to wear horns; to cuckold.

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