Horn Horn (h[^o]rn), n. [AS. horn; akin to D. horen, hoorn, G., Icel., Sw., & Dan. horn, Goth. ha['u]rn, W., Gael., & Ir. corn, L. cornu, Gr. ke`ras, and perh. also to E. cheer, cranium, cerebral; cf. Skr. [,c]iras head. Cf. {Carat}, {Corn} on the foot, {Cornea}, {Corner}, {Cornet}, {Cornucopia}, {Hart}.] 1. A hard, projecting, and usually pointed organ, growing upon the heads of certain animals, esp. of the ruminants, as cattle, goats, and the like. The hollow horns of the Ox family consist externally of true horn, and are never shed. [1913 Webster]

2. The antler of a deer, which is of bone throughout, and annually shed and renewed. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) Any natural projection or excrescence from an animal, resembling or thought to resemble a horn in substance or form; esp.: (a) A projection from the beak of a bird, as in the hornbill. (b) A tuft of feathers on the head of a bird, as in the horned owl. (c) A hornlike projection from the head or thorax of an insect, or the head of a reptile, or fish. (d) A sharp spine in front of the fins of a fish, as in the horned pout. [1913 Webster]

4. (Bot.) An incurved, tapering and pointed appendage found in the flowers of the milkweed ({Asclepias}). [1913 Webster]

5. Something made of a horn, or in resemblance of a horn; as: (a) A wind instrument of music; originally, one made of a horn (of an ox or a ram); now applied to various elaborately wrought instruments of brass or other metal, resembling a horn in shape. ``Wind his horn under the castle wall.'' --Spenser. See {French horn}, under {French}. (b) A drinking cup, or beaker, as having been originally made of the horns of cattle. ``Horns of mead and ale.'' --Mason. (c) The cornucopia, or horn of plenty. See {Cornucopia}. ``Fruits and flowers from Amalth[ae]a's horn.'' --Milton. (d) A vessel made of a horn; esp., one designed for containing powder; anciently, a small vessel for carrying liquids. ``Samuel took the hornof oil and anointed him [David].'' --1 Sam. xvi. 13. (e) The pointed beak of an anvil. (f) The high pommel of a saddle; also, either of the projections on a lady's saddle for supporting the leg. (g) (Arch.) The Ionic volute. (h) (Naut.) The outer end of a crosstree; also, one of the projections forming the jaws of a gaff, boom, etc. (i) (Carp.) A curved projection on the fore part of a plane. (j) One of the projections at the four corners of the Jewish altar of burnt offering. ``Joab . . . caught hold on the horns of the altar.'' --1 Kings ii. 28. [1913 Webster]

6. One of the curved ends of a crescent; esp., an extremity or cusp of the moon when crescent-shaped. [1913 Webster]

The moon Wears a wan circle round her blunted horns. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

7. (Mil.) The curving extremity of the wing of an army or of a squadron drawn up in a crescentlike form. [1913 Webster]

Sharpening in mooned horns Their phalanx. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

8. The tough, fibrous material of which true horns are composed, being, in the Ox family, chiefly albuminous, with some phosphate of lime; also, any similar substance, as that which forms the hoof crust of horses, sheep, and cattle; as, a spoon of horn. [1913 Webster]

9. (Script.) A symbol of strength, power, glory, exaltation, or pride. [1913 Webster]

The Lord is . . . the horn of my salvation. --Ps. xviii. 2. [1913 Webster]

10. An emblem of a cuckold; -- used chiefly in the plural. ``Thicker than a cuckold's horn.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

11. the {telephone}; as, on the horn. [slang] [PJC]

12. a body of water shaped like a horn; as, the Golden Horn in Istanbul. [PJC]

{Horn block}, the frame or pedestal in which a railway car axle box slides up and down; -- also called {horn plate}.

{Horn of a dilemma}. See under {Dilemma}.

{Horn distemper}, a disease of cattle, affecting the internal substance of the horn.

{Horn drum}, a wheel with long curved scoops, for raising water.

{Horn lead} (Chem.), chloride of lead.

{Horn maker}, a maker of cuckolds. [Obs.] --Shak.

{Horn mercury}. (Min.) Same as {Horn quicksilver} (below).

{Horn poppy} (Bot.), a plant allied to the poppy ({Glaucium luteum}), found on the sandy shores of Great Britain and Virginia; -- called also {horned poppy}. --Gray.

{Horn pox} (Med.), abortive smallpox with an eruption like that of chicken pox.

{Horn quicksilver} (Min.), native calomel, or bichloride of mercury.

{Horn shell} (Zo["o]l.), any long, sharp, spiral, gastropod shell, of the genus {Cerithium}, and allied genera.

{Horn silver} (Min.), cerargyrite.

{Horn slate}, a gray, siliceous stone.

{To pull in one's horns}, {To haul in one's horns}, to withdraw some arrogant pretension; to cease a demand or withdraw an assertion. [Colloq.]

{To raise the horn}, or {To lift the horn} (Script.), to exalt one's self; to act arrogantly. ``'Gainst them that raised thee dost thou lift thy horn?'' --Milton.

{To take a horn}, to take a drink of intoxicating liquor. [Low] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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