- 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)
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Idioms for horn
Origin of horn
OTHER WORDS FROM hornhornish, adjectivehornless, adjectivehorn·less·ness, nounhornlike, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for horn
Horner has admitted to throwing punches at the men as they attempted to flee the scene.
The 23-year-old man admitted to taking part in two further vigilante confrontations along with Horner.
Horner left Scotland for London in 1803 to embark upon a political career.Early Reviews of English Poets|John Louis Haney
From an examination of the results at Heliopolis, Mr. Horner makes it 318 inches.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)|John William Draper
But Stephens got 135 votes and Horner 128; the other candidate opposing him was left far in the rear, with only five votes.Cornish Characters|S. Baring-Gould
The blacksmith was watching Mr. Horner's eyes, and saw not a shadow of relenting.Perlycross|R. D. Blackmore
It is the same benevolent manufacturer from whose letters to Mr. Horner I have made extracts before.The Claims of Labour|Arthur Helps
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 forms of hornhornless, adjectivehornlike, adjective
Word Origin for horn
British Dictionary definitions for horn (2 of 2)
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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