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fog·horn

 (fôg′hôrn′, fŏg′-)
n.
1. Nautical A horn for sounding warning signals in fog or darkness, used especially on ships, buoys, and coastal installations.
2. A booming, insistent voice.
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foghorn

(ˈfɒɡˌhɔːn)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) a mechanical instrument sounded at intervals to serve as a warning to vessels in fog
2. informal a loud deep resounding voice
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fog•horn

(ˈfɒgˌhɔrn, ˈfɔg-)

n.
1. a deep, loud horn for sounding warning signals to ships in foggy weather.
2. a deep, loud voice.
[1855–60]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foghorn - a loud low warning signal that can be heard by fogbound ships
alarum, warning signal, alarm, alert - an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger
2.foghorn - a warning device consisting of a horn that generates a loud low tone
diaphone - a foghorn that makes a signal consisting of two tones
horn - an alarm device that makes a loud warning sound
signaling device - a device used to send signals
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Translations

foghorn

[ˈfɒghɔːn] Nsirena f de niebla
to have a voice like a foghorntener un vozarrón
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

foghorn

fog horn [ˈfɒghɔːrn] ncorne f de brumefog lamp fog light (US) nfeu m de brouillard
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

foghorn

[ˈfɒgˌhɔːn] ncorno da nebbia
a voice like a foghorn → una voce tonante
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
He had looked forward, with more anticipation than even he himself had realized, to the thrill which he had supposed fatherhood would bring, taking it entirely for granted that he would feel a bond with this small reincarnation of his own being, but after the first week of attempting to get interested in the unresponsive bundle that was his son, he decided the idea of a baby had certainly signified in his mind emotions which this tiny, troublesome creature, with a voice like a small-sized foghorn, did not cause to materialize.
Cian said: "Sean Cronin and Andrew Porter are like foghorns, so I try to avoid them as much as I can."
I have heard foghorns up in the North East of England, on the coast of County Durham, in the distant past, when thick sea fogs seemed to be more common.
Much of this success has been put down to some big events being hosted in the area, such as the Foghorn Requiem, a tribute to decommissioned foghorns across the UK, which saw foghorns being played on an armada of boats, and a number of free concerts culminating in a gig at Bents Park in South Shields by hometown girls Little Mix.
The Foghorn Requiem, staged at Souter Lighthouse, South Shields, earlier this year, marked the decline of foghorns on the UK coastline with a speciallycomposed performance featuring three brass bands and an armada of boats positioned off-shore.
The island seemed to come right into the caravan because of the booming of the foghorn. Indeed I plead guilty to trying to form a '60s folk group - Flatholm Lighthouse and the Foghorns.
Lighthouses sometimes use sound, such as foghorns or clanging bells, to signal approaching ships, alerting them to danger.
Derek, who confides he was scared of foghorns as a boy, is stunned by the location.
The stiff upper lips of the everreserved All England Club members watching from the centre-court balcony would not have seen, or more accurately heard (actually I don't think lips can see or hear now I come to think about it), anything quite as spectacular if these two female foghorns had gone hammer and tongs with each other yesterday.
THE combination of Jimmy Shand's accordion and ships' foghorns on the Clyde were music to the ears of Mark Knopfler.
just gibberish--Thou shalt not imitate foghorns with an empty flask, nor
In the same year as this cataract of glass, Regli staged a second sound composition using the sirens and foghorns of seven motorboats and a steamship on the Lake of Zurich (Reality Hacking Nr.