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1. one of the hard, keratinous, permanent, hollow, and usu. paired growths projecting from the head of certain ungulates, esp. bovids.
2. a similar growth, sometimes of compacted hair, as the median horn on a rhinoceros or the tusk of a narwhal.
3. (not in technical use) antler.
4. a process projecting from the head of an animal and suggestive of such a growth, as a feeler, tentacle, or crest.
5. the keratinous substance of which horn growths are composed in vertebrates.
6. any similar substance, as that forming tortoise shell, hoofs, nails, or corns.
7. an article made of the material of an animal horn or like substance.
8. any projection or extremity resembling the horn of an animal.
9. something made from, resembling, or suggesting a hollowed-out animal horn: a drinking horn.
10. a part resembling an animal horn attributed to deities, demons, etc.: the devil's horn.
11. Usu., horns. the imaginary projections on a cuckold's brow.
13. an animal horn used as a wind instrument.
14. an instrument for sounding a warning signal: an automobile horn.
a. a tube of varying cross section used in some loudspeakers to couple the diaphragm to the sound-transmitting space.
b. Slang. a loudspeaker.
16. Slang. a telephone or radiotelephone.
17. a saddle pommel, esp. a high one.
18. one of the curved extremities of a crescent, esp. of the crescent moon.
19. a pyramidal mountain peak, esp. one having concave faces.
20. a symbol of power or strength, as in the Bible: a horn of salvation.v.t.
21. to butt or gore with the horns.
22. to cuckold.
23. horn in, Informal. to thrust oneself forward obtrusively; intrude or interrupt.adj.
24. made of horn.Idioms:
1. blow ortoot one's own horn, to boast about oneself.
2. draw or pull in one's horns, to restrain oneself; become less belligerent.
3. on the horns of a dilemma, confronted with two equally disagreeable choices.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English, c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Old High German, Old Norse horn, Gothic haurn, Latin cornu, Irish, Welsh corn; akin to Greek kéras horn]
Cape, Cape Horn.