cairn


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

cairn

 (kârn)
n.
A mound of stones erected as a memorial or marker.

[Middle English carne, from Scottish Gaelic carn, from Old Irish.]

cairned adj.

cairn

(kɛən)
n
1. a mound of stones erected as a memorial or marker
2. (Breeds) Also called: cairn terrier a small rough-haired breed of terrier originally from Scotland
[C15: from Gaelic carn]

cairn

(kɛərn)

n.
a heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, etc.
[1525–35; < Scottish Gaelic carn pile of stones; perhaps akin to horn]

Cairn

 a pile of stones, usually erected to mark a spot as a memorial or to mark a cache of provisions, etc., 1535.

cairn

A mound of stones built as a memorial or marker, often above a grave.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cairn - a mound of stones piled up as a memorial or to mark a boundary or pathcairn - a mound of stones piled up as a memorial or to mark a boundary or path
marking, mark, marker - a distinguishing symbol; "the owner's mark was on all the sheep"
2.cairn - small rough-haired breed of terrier from Scotlandcairn - small rough-haired breed of terrier from Scotland
terrier - any of several usually small short-bodied breeds originally trained to hunt animals living underground
Translations
SteinhügelSteinpyramide
hautakumpukummeli

cairn

[kɛən] Nmontón m de piedras colocadas como señal

cairn

[ˈkɛərn] n (= mound of stones) → cairn m

cairn

n
Steinpyramide f, → Steinhügel m
(also cairn terrier)Cairnterrier m

cairn

[kɛən] ntumulo (di pietre)
References in classic literature ?
When his body and armour had been burned to ashes, we raised a cairn, set a stone over it, and at the top of the cairn we fixed the oar that he had been used to row with.
Next, they came to masses and fragments of naked rock heaped confusedly together, like a cairn reared by giants in memory of a giant chief.
Then I widened my cairn below, so that I could stand firmly before springing upon the pinnacle with which I completed it.
Beyond and to the northward was the cairn that covered Von Winterfeld, surmounted by a cross of steel, and from among the tumbled rocks in the distance the eyes of a wolf gleamed redly.
In my letter I told him to be sure to mark the terminus of the line very plainly with a high cairn, in case I was not able to reach him before he set out, so that I might easily find and communicate with him should he be so fortunate as to reach Pellucidar.
If he had ever raised a cairn above the telegraph instrument no sign of it remained now.
After this, the Achaeans pile him a cairn and hold games in his honour.
The dogs came leaping along, and whole flocks of wild-fowl flew over the cairn, where blackberry-bushes were hanging round the old stones.
There is always a breeze in the "camp," as it is called; and here it lies, just as the Romans left it, except that cairn on the east side, left by her Majesty's corps of sappers and miners the other day, when they and the engineer officer had finished their sojourn there, and their surveys for the ordnance map of Berkshire.
Our wagonette had topped a rise and in front of us rose the huge expanse of the moor, mottled with gnarled and craggy cairns and tors.
You were so absorbed in young Neligan that you could not spare a thought to Patrick Cairns, the true murderer of Peter Carey.
On wet days, such was the power of habit over him, he rose from his chair at the same hour, and paced his study for the same length of time, pausing now and then to straighten some book in the bookcase, or alter the position of the two brass crucifixes standing upon cairns of serpentine stone upon the mantelpiece.