- a wind instrument, originally formed from the hollow horn of an animal but now usually made of brass or other metal or plastic.
- French horn.
- a tube of varying cross section used in some loudspeakers to couple the diaphragm to the sound-transmitting space.
- Slang. a loudspeaker.
verb (used with object)
Origin of horn
Related formshorn·ish, adjectivehorn·less, adjectivehorn·less·ness, nounhorn·like, adjective
Definition for horn (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for horn
So I asked the driver to honk the horn, which he does, and Rod looks over.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A car parked at a red light honked its horn in rhythm with the chant as the crowd passed in front of it.
As cars approached a group of about 20 men and women, a cry went out: “Honk your horn!”Ferguson Protesters Harass Black Police, Call for Darren Wilson’s Death|Justin Glawe|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His multinote improvisations were so thick and complex they were almost flowing out of the horn by themselves.
In the Horn of Africa, the U.S. military has long eschewed the use of drones in favor of manned aircraft for operational reasons.
He conveys the news of death, and has as the insignia of office a horn, called thuththari or singam.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
As another example, he gave directions for preparing essence of hartshorn—prepared, literally, from the horn itself.Medical Investigation in Seventeenth Century England|Charles W. Bodemer
The horn sounded a few cheerful notes, and the coach was gone.Oliver Twist, Vol. III (of 3)|Charles Dickens
Another very neat Horn Book with the Horn in front, hence its name, is also on view.Banbury Chap Books|Edwin Pearson
The question to be decided was, should they wait for Captain Horn?Mrs. Cliff's Yacht|Frank R. Stockton
British Dictionary definitions for horn (1 of 2)
- the constituent substance, mainly keratin, of horns, hooves, etc
- (in combination)horn-rimmed spectacles
- a device for producing a warning or signalling noise
- (in combination)a foghorn
- Also called: acoustic horn, exponential horn a hollow conical device coupled to the diaphragm of a gramophone to control the direction and quality of the sound
- any such device used to spread or focus sound, such as the device attached to an electrical loudspeaker in a public address system
- Also called: horn antenna a microwave aerial, formed by flaring out the end of a waveguide
- to suppress or control one's feelings, esp of anger, enthusiasm, or passion
- to withdraw a previous statement
- to economize
- in a situation involving a choice between two equally unpalatable alternatives
- in an awkward situation
Derived Formshornless, adjectivehornlike, adjective
Word Origin for horn
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Idioms and Phrases with horn
In addition to the idioms beginning with horn
- horn in on
- horns of a dilemma, on the
- blow one's own horn
- lock horns
- pull in one's horns
- take the bull by the horns